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Gazette June 10, 1981

Now the Herald

£1,000 gift from CB radio fans

BRAVE Steve Hollands is to get a home kidney machine thanks to the National Health Service.
That's the good news for 23-year-old apprentice tool maker Steveof West Hythe.
But it will probably be some months before his twice weekly visits to the renal unit at Kent and Canterbury Hospital come to an end.

For Steve's bedroom is not big enough to take the daily sis machine.
Instead his family will have to build a timber cabin in the garden of there West Hythe Road home. They have already applied to Shepway District Council for planning permission. "We are very pleased and we're just waiting for the machine to be delivered," said Steve's mum, Mrs Joan Hollands. Since his serious kidney disease was discovered last year, friends and well-wishers have rallied round to help. An appeal fund was started netting a staggering £2,250 in six months. The account has now been closed. Half the amount will be presented to the renal unit at Canterbury Hospital on Saturday by Steve and local Citizens Band radio fans. Steve will use some of his half to buy a special bed which will go in the home treatment cabin he will need to use two or three times a week. He has now returned to work at H. V. Woodings light engineering firm , Hythe, on a three-day week. but tires easily.