Northfleet kidney girl’s pamper treat

PUBLISHED: 11:23 30 September 2010

Lucy Irwin, far right, with firends before being taken on a trip to Bluewater

Lucy Irwin, far right, with firends before being taken on a trip to Bluewater


A teenager who suffered sudden kidney failure less than a year ago was given a birthday treat when a stretch limousine arrived to chauffeur her for a day of pampering.

Lucy Irwin, who turned 13 on Thursday, has been attending Evelina Hospital in London four or five times a week since the start of the year when her kidney suddenly failed, leaving her having to deal with a life-changing condition.

Her mother Kelly Irwin said: “She has operation after operation as well as spending five hours on dialysis three times a week. She was such an active girl but the treatment leaves her so tired and fragile, it has completely changed her life.”

With the help of friends and business owners from across the community Lucy’s aunt, Jody Irwin began planning a surprise birthday more than a month ago and on Saturday the Northfleet School for Girls pupil was caught completely unaware.

The delighted youngster said: “I didn’t think it was for me. During the day I had my make up and nails done and then my hair done at a salon. I was already and waiting for a minicab to collect me and saw this Limousine. I just couldn’t believe it. The day was fantastic.”

Accompanied by a group of close friends, she was taken from her home in Lower Range Road to shopping centre Bluewater, but the surprises were not finished there.

Pretending she had left her bag at Denton Social Club the previous night, mother Kelly asked the chauffeur to take a detour and when they arrived, a hall full of guests were waiting to greet Lucy for her surprise party.

“I am so grateful to Jody and everyone else for helping organise this. Of course I had to be in on it and it has been so hard keeping it secret because we spend so much time together,” Mrs Irwin said.

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