A local branch of the largest Jain organisation in the UK has donated £13,925 to help fund new equipment at Northwick Park Hospital’s renal centre.
OAUK North West Area, which is a part of the Oshwal Association of the UK (OAUK), said the donation reflected the fact that a significant number of its own community used the service.
The centre, which provides specialist nephrology and pre-dialysis care for patients with kidney disease, treats up to 300 people a week in Harrow and the surrounding area.
These patients require lifesaving dialysis to remove waste products and excess fluid from the blood and come in for treatment three times a week.
The organisation’s generous contribution will pay for a haemodialysis machine and treatment chair.
A spokesperson for OAUK North West Area said: We’re the largest branch of the Oshwal Association and a very significant proportion of its members reside in the catchment area of Northwick Park Hospital.
“We are aware numerous patients within our own community are undergoing some form of renal treatment including dialysis so understand the need for provision of specialist equipment.
“The area committee, together with the support of the trustees of the Oshwal Association, took on the task of raising money for the dialysis machine and the treatment chair when it was approached by the LNWH Charity.
“We are extremely thankful to all our very generous donors who have wholeheartedly supported this very noble and worthy cause.”
The bid from London North West Healthcare Charity marks an early success for the newly formed charity, which helps raise funds for London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust.
Megan Griffith, a renal consultant at the centre, added: “Northwick Park Hospital Dialysis Unit provides lifesaving treatment to local people with kidney failure and we are delighted to receive this very generous donation.
“It will help us continue to expand provision for dialysis for more patients closer to home.’
Northwick Park’s renal centre is now the largest in west London with Harrow seeing a steady rise in the number of people requiring dialysis.