A MOTHER is organising a village fete to raise money for Kidney Research after her daughter was born with a kidney condition.

When Leanne Hudson had her 20-week scan doctors realised her daughter Jennifer’s kidneys were dilated.

Leanne, 33, said: “I found out I was expecting just two days after we moved to Weir.

“When they realised there was a problem, I was referred to St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester and they confirmed that Jennifer had a condition called Duplex Kidneys, which meant she had two ureters draining from each kidney instead of one.”

As a result, Jennifer was prone to urine infections and after birth she was immediately put on antibiotics.

Further complications left Jennifer with kidney disease and at just five-weeks-old she had sepsis and became resistant to the antibiotics.

More of her first year of life was spent in hospital than at home and at 13-months-old Jennifer had a six hour operation to remove part of one of her kidneys and the additional ureter.

Leanne said: “Her urologist brought forward her operation.

"They were planning to do both kidneys at the same time but it was more difficult and she ended up with post-operative complications so was back in hospital.”

Last November Jennifer’s other kidney was operated on at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Pendlebury.

Her mum is now raising money for Kidney Research by holding a fete in Weir, in association with community group Weir Pride.

The traditional village fete will be held on Weir Park on Sunday July 23 from 12 noon with stalls, dancers, inflatables and whacky children’s races.

Leanne said: “Kidney Research is looking at ways to extend the life of transplants for patients.

“I hope that we are never going to get to the stage of Jennifer needing a transplant, but the money raised will pay for further research that might just lead to a breakthrough and that would help adults as well as children.”

Leanne and husband Alex also have a son Jack, five.

Alex works in IT for Synapse 360 and the company has sponsored tickets to see the War Horse at the Lowry, the star prize in a raffle to be held on the day.

Leanne said: “We have got cheerleaders from Fusion opening the event, dancers from Dansworks performing and Francesca di Michele will be singing.

“I set a fundraising target of £500 and that has already been surpassed because I have had a lot of support from family and friends.”

To support the event visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Leanne-Hudson5