Hampshire garden party raises money for kidney research

FUNDRAISER Grace Acklam
FUNDRAISER Grace Acklam
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A GARDEN party held to raise awareness of a rare form of kidney disease has been hailed a success by its organisers.

Schoolgirl Grace Acklam, 10, suffers from MPGN.

It means her immune system damages her kidneys and stops them from working as well as they should – and there is no known cure.

In a bid to raise awareness and funds for Kidney Research UK a massive garden party was held.

The party, at Upland Park Hotel, Droxford, saw 450 guests attend and raised £5,500 for the cause.

Mum Clare Acklam, 36, of Centurion Gate, Eastney, said: ‘There is not enough awareness about kidney disease and currently there is no cure for the condition.

‘So we held the party to raise awareness of the condition and money.

‘It was a great day.’

Each child took home a party bag, along with a helium balloon and a Kidney Research UK flag.

To find out more about the charity, or to donate money, go to kidneyresearchuk.org.