JTC Group has presented a cheque for more than £8,000 to the group’s 2012 Charity of Choice, the Jersey Kidney Patients Association (JKPA). 

A total of £8,188.51 was collected during the year, through initiatives ranging from weekly dress-down days, raffles, cake-bakes, and sponsored events, such as marathons. 

Founded in 1988, the JKPA provides emotional and financial support to kidney patients living in Jersey. JTC staff selected the charity as their adopted good cause following a staff vote at the beginning of 2012. 

Peter Morris, Chairman of the JKPA, said the association was massively appreciative of the charitable efforts such as JTC’s. He said that some of the money would be used to finance facilities for the three new bays at the Renal Unit at the Jersey General Hospital. Patients receiving dialysis treatment attend the Unit for up to six hours, three times a week, and new televisions will be installed in the bays. 

Some of the JTC funds will also go towards financing a designated Renal Unit nurse, as well as for general use by the JKPA for initiatives such as paying travel expenses for companions who wished to accompany patients who needed to travel to the UK for operations. 

“Every penny counts in terms of the funds that we have, and we hope that all the work we carry out will benefit those patients who most need it,” he said. “We’re very thankful to JTC for choosing us, and for the hard work that took place throughout the year to raise such an impressive sum.” 

Philip Burgin, Head of Group Client Services, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting such a good cause through the hard work of our staff enthusiastically volunteering for, and carrying out, a number of charity initiatives. 

“The JKPA was chosen after being nominated by JTC employees some of whom have observed the excellent work they do in supporting kidney patients on the Island, and as our Charity of Choice they received generous support from staff throughout the year.”