Amelia’s show of support

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Kind-hearted Amelia Kellett wrote and performed a theatre showcase to raise money for a hospital ward where her dad received treatment.

The 10-year-old enlisted the help of three friends - Ellen Carrier, Olivia Young and Niamh Waddington - to put on the show in her back garden at Woodside Grove, Allerton Bywater, for family, friends and neighbours.

The show raised £150 for a dialysis ward at Leeds St James’ Hospital which helped to treat Amelia’s dad, Damon Kellett.

Mr Kellett, 44 has had type one diabetes since the age of 21 and over his lifetime his kidneys have gradually stopped working.

He is now on the waiting list for a kidney and pancreas transplant.

He said: “I first knew my kidneys weren’t functioning very well about three or four years ago when I was told they were only 50 per cent working. That was really upsetting to hear.

“Then I was taken into hospital after feeling very unwell around five weeks ago and the doctors said I needed to start dialysis.

“At the moment, my kidneys are probably only working at around 10 per cent of what they should be.

“I really didn’t want to commit to it because I knew what it entailed to filter and clean the blood.

“The first time I had it done in St James’, I was so scared I just lay with my eyes closed.”

Mr Kellett said his wife, Caroline, 41, and children Sam, 14, and Amelia had supported him throughout his illness and regularly attended hospital appointments with him.

He said: “I think the idea Amelia came up with for the show was absolutely brilliant. Sadly, I didn’t get to see the show myself as I was in hospital having the dialysis but she’s a good girl.

“I know if I am ill at all she would know exactly what to do to help me.

“All my family have been brilliant throughout.”

Mr Kellett now has dialysis at Seacroft Hospital three times a week and also must continue to take his insulin medication four times a day.

He said: “Without dialysis, I would probably die. But it was a shock that it would make me feel as rough as I do. It can take up to six months to start feeling better.

“At the moment, everything is a chore. Things you would normally take for granted just drain you. It is also the hardest thing in the world to keep your blood sugar stable.”