A mother-of-two who suffers with end-stage kidney failure is raising money for the charity she hopes will one day save her life.
Janet Bralsford, 46, has had life-saving dialysis three times-a-week for the past four years after being diagnosed with a deadly underlying condition.
The bank manager, from Edgware, is unable to receive a kidney transplant but continues to work and remains determined not to let the illness dictate her life.
She said: “When I was diagnosed it was disastrous. I had to take a year off work because I was so unwell and I have to abide by a very strict diet – no coffee, potatoes, chocolate.
“It makes you value life a lot more. I don’t really get het up about anything now, it is not worth it – I just take each day as it comes.”
Mrs Bralsford says the support of her husband and two daughters, aged 17 and 12, has kept her going.
The condition can dramatically shorten the lives of sufferers but Mrs Bralsford is hopeful Kidney Research UK will make a breakthrough in treatment within her lifetime.
She is now looking to raise thousands of pounds for the charity through a dinner and dance she has organised in Elstree on Saturday, November 3.
She said: “I’ve never done anything like this before but I thought it would be a good opportunity to give something back to the charity that I hope one day can help me.
“I didn’t quite realise how much work was involved but it is worth it.”
Barclays bank, in Station Road, Edgware, at which Mrs Bralsford has worked for 30 years, has offered to match funding for the event up to £3,000.
Colleague Helen Masterson said: “To look at Janet, you wouldn’t even know she was ill as she never moans and just gets on with it – she’s an inspiration to us all.”
Mrs Bralsford is hoping to sell 180 tickets to the charity event at The Village Hotel, in Centennial Park, Elstree, and there are still about 100 left.
Tickets cost £50 each and the evening includes a three-course dinner, entertainment from a magician and DJ, an auction and a raffle.
To order a ticket, contact Mrs Bralsford on 07919685582 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations can also be made to the charity via her Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/janet-bralsford.
She added: "The support I have received has been great and I'm hoping this will give something back to everyone. I just want to sell as many tickets as possible - I'm looking forward to it."