AO Smile Foundation reaches its fundraising target

AO has announced it has raised more than £2,600 for Kidney Research UK after it completed a 28km trek from its Bolton headquarters to the AO Arena in Manchester.

Nine of the company’s acquisition team took part in the five-hour walk during its biannual “Make a Difference” day, where AOers can swap time at their desk to do charity event.

Graham Murray, Affiliate Manager, said: “I was made up the rest of the team were so keen to back Research UK as the chosen charity for our sponsored walk. I spent two years on dialysis before my transplant and now rely on immunosuppression for my transplanted kidney to remain healthy.

“Kidney Research UK has been very involved in all of my treatments so being able to raise so much money for them made the walk more than worth it.”

The group struggled with hot weather but they received a glass of champagne from the AO Electric Lounge at the AO Arena after completing the challenge.

Community and Events Manager at Kidney Research UK, Ms Ronan-Peate said: “It is always fantastic to see co-workers come together to take on a great challenge and raise money for charity particularly when it is one that is so close to their colleague’s heart.”

The AO Smile Foundation gave the donations a boost of £885, helping to smash the initial target of £1,500 and take the total to £2,655.

“The money that they have raised will go to supporting research to help more people like Graham by transforming treatments and helping us to one day live in a world without kidney disease,” said Ms Ronan-Peate.