A golf club captain has donated more than £1,500 to Sheffield Hospitals Charity, in support of his kidney patient brother. 

Darren Potts, aged 49, from Chesterfield, has handed over the cash having named the charity Amber Valley Police Golf Society's cause for the year.

Darren's brother, James (pictured) has had two transplants and undergoes regular dialysis at the Renal Department at the city's Northern General Hospital having battled kidney disease for his entire life.

Darren said: “James was born with bronchio-oto renal syndrome – a genetic disorder involving the kidneys, ears, and neck. This meant his ears and kidneys did not develop, resulting in his needing dialysis and being profoundly deaf.

“In his life, James has had two transplants, one from a deceased donor, and the other from me, in (2006). It was an easy decision for me – he’s my brother and if I could do it again to give him a better life I would without hesitation. People often say it was a brave thing but it wasn’t, it was the right thing.

“Unfortunately neither transplants were successful as James’ body rejected both kidneys and over the last fifteen years he has had to endure dialysis three days a week.

“Life is hard for him, not only having to cope with his constant treatment, but made more difficult as he is unable to communicate with others whilst he is having dialysis.

“Having first hand witnessed the care from the staff at the Renal Department, I cannot thank all involved enough, not only with my brother but for each and every single person that comes through the doors.

“I have sat in the Sorby Unit on many occasions – not just for my own check-ups, but with James in order to help him communicate. Each and every staff member works with a smile on their face. The simplest things make such a difference to someone’s life.

“To say thank you, as part of my role as the Captain of Amber Valley Police Golf society we decided to ask players to pay a few pounds over the cost of the Green fee to go into the charity pot. I also auctioned off items which I had taken possession of in the form of signed golf merchandise and football memorabilia.”

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