Kian gets the thumbs-up

Seven-year-old Kian Crane-White with Eastenders star Stefan Booth
Seven-year-old Kian Crane-White with Eastenders star Stefan Booth
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A SEVEN-year-old boy with a rare kidney disease was starstruck after meeting a soap star charity ambassador.

Kian Crane-White, from Chesterfield, suffers from a rare degenerative form of kidney disease called Alport’s Syndrome, which is gradually causing his kidneys to fail. He was diagnosed at just four years old.

National charity Kidney Research UK invited Kian to be guest of honour at a special event to mark its 50th anniversary, and is due to launch an appeal to help the boy.

Kian met its latest celebrity ambassador, EastEnders actor Stefan Booth, who plays builder Greg Jessop.

The actor lost his mother to kidney disease earlier this year, and said Kian shows why more needs to be done to fight kidney disease.

Stefan said: “Kian’s a lovely little lad and it was wonderful to get a chance to meet him. He’s so full of energy. It’s hard to believe he has a life-threatening illness.

“Unfortunately, as with all forms of kidney disease, there’s currently no cure for Kian’s condition.

“Unless charities like Kidney Research UK receive more support and greater funding for research, people with kidney disease, and particularly children like Kian, will continue to be affected.”

n Visit www.kidneyresearchuk.org/helpkian for more information about Kian’s appeal, or to make a donation.