The singer and leading cast members of I Dreamed a Dream – Elaine C Smith, Andy Gray and Alan McHugh – gave their back to the girls’ bid to swim a mile in Strathclyde Loch in August in the British Gas Great Swim Scotland for Kidney Research UK.
The team of five – called Winston’s Angels – is made up of Suzanne Matthews, Ashleigh Davidson, Laura Reid, Ailis Paterson and Kyrstie Massie.
Kidney Research UK a charity close to the girl’s hearts as Laura fell ill with Nephrotic Syndrome when she was 12 and as her kidneys deteriorated, was on dialysis for seven years until she received a kidney transplant the day before her 25th birthday.
Her new kidney is nicknamed Winston – hence the team’s title Winston’s Angels.
On Saturday, the girls had their photos taken with Elaine C Smith and Susan Boyle and received a donation from Andy Gray.
“Susan was more than happy to have her photo with us, telling us to show our ‘sexy smiles’ to the camera,” said Ashleigh. “She was such a lovely lady and wished us all the best for the swim.
“And then as we were sitting together in a total state of ecstasy, our very own panto dame and co-writer of I Dreamed a Dream Alan McHugh passed us and we got a photo with him too!
“He has since emailed me wishing us well and asking for our website and details of our sponsorship page so that he can donate to the cause!
“Much thanks must go out to company of I Dreamed A Dream – their support and encouragement is helping us all to get up at 6am to get training!”
Said Laura: “The continuous support I have received over the years from Kidney Research is something that I will never forget, and to be given the chance to give something back means the world to me.
“It’s especially touching to have the backing of Susan, who understand what it’s like to be up against the odds – a feeling shared by many of those on waiting lists for kidney transplants.”
The girls’ journey can be followed on facebook and twitter - www.facebook.com/winstonsangels www.twitter.com/winstonsangels - they they will be holding fund-raising events over the next few months.
Kidney Research UK is the leading UK charity dedicated to funding research aimed at finding better treatments, and ultimately a cure, for kidney disease. They also help kidney patients so that they can cope with the unexpected costs of their condition, and campaign for better patient access to renal services and are dedicated to raise awareness of kidney disease.
Donations to Winston’s Angels can be made online at http://www.kidneyresearchukevents.org/WinstonsAngels.