Help group’s urgent plea

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A VOLUNTARY organisation supporting kidney patients and their families in Sheffield fears it could be forced to close if it cannot find a new treasurer.

Ken Tupling has been hanging on as treasurer at Sheffield Area Kidney Association for more than a year after announcing he was ready for retirement because no-one expressed an interest in taking over.

Now worried representatives fear the group could close if someone new is not in post by May 31.

Acting chairman Roy Bradbury said: “Ken has hung on and hung on for more than a year now as we tried to find someone else to step up. He is a kidney patient himself and it is now time for him to step down. We have not had anyone from inside the association coming forward and we’re making a desperate appeal for anyone with a head for numbers who would like to help us to come forward.

“Anyone is welcome, although someone who has been affected by kidney disease may find that they want to give some of their time to an organisation which supports kidney patients and their families and friends, and which invests funds in renal research at the Northern General.

“The commitment is for no more than two hours a week, along with a monthly meeting.”

Duties will include managing the group’s accounts and dealing with membership fees.

Roy asaid: “We are trying to modernise ourselves and we need someone to help us to go forward.

n Call Ken on 01709 371949.