Gravesend boy fronts national charity campaign

PUBLISHED: 13:52 13 October 2010

Uzayr Haider, 6, of Havelock Road is fronting a charity campaign for Evelina Children's Hospital

Uzayr Haider, 6, of Havelock Road is fronting a charity campaign for Evelina Children's Hospital

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The face of a new campaign for a leading children’s charity is a six-year-old who is forced to use kidney dialysis three times a week.

Evelina Children’s Hospital, which is attached to Guys and St Thomas Hospital in London, chose Uzayr Haider, of Havelock Road, Gravesend, to feature on the front of a leaflet calling for regular donors.

Uzayr, who was born with posterior urethal valves making it very difficult for his body to filter his blood, has previously featured in advertising campaigns for the hospital and appears on the leaflet as a “superkid” calling on people to be a superhero and give to the cause.

His mother Shafina Haider, 43, said: “They have asked him to feature quite a lot for the charity. The hospital has done so much for us, not only Uzayr, but helping the whole family, he is just giving something back.”

The Dover Road Primary School pupil needs kidney donors but has been on the waiting list for the past three years.

A spokesman for the hospital said: “We asked parents if they would be happy and Uzayr’s family were very supportive. We have lots of people who give once, or bequeath money in wills, but this is the first time we have looked for people to join up to pay regularly.”

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