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February 05, 2010 08:12 ET

Kwik Fit Insurance Funds Scotland's First Ever Community Kidney Disease Awareness Scheme

GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Feb. 5, 2010) - The first community kidney disease awareness scheme is being launched in Scotland, thanks to the fundraising efforts of Kwik Fit Insurance employees.

The new initiative – known as ABLE - will start in Glasgow before being rolled out to the rest of Scotland. It will target those communities deemed to be 'at risk ' of developing kidney disease.

The Asian, African and Caribbean communities are considered to be at higher risk because of the prevalence of high blood pressure and diabetes.

Kidney Research UK would not have been able to launch the scheme in Scotland had it not been for the £44,000 raised over the past year by the 1000 strong workforce at Kwik Fit Insurance's headquarters in Uddingston. The money raised will allow Kidney Research UK to recruit and train members of 'at risk' communities to be 'Peer Educators.' They will use their cultural, linguistic and health care experience to teach people how to prevent or delay the onset of kidney disease.

Brendan Devine, Group Managing Director of Kwik Fit Financial Services, said: " We are incredibly proud of our staff for raising so much money for such a worthwhile project. Several of them have personal experience of the terrible impact that kidney disease can have. They've worked tirelessly for Kidney Research UK and their efforts will provide a real benefit for people who are at risk of developing kidney disease in Scotland."

According to Kidney Research UK there are currently more than 700 people in Scotland who need a kidney transplant. Over 4000 Scots are on dialysis – more than 80 of whom are under 20 years old.

Kidney Research UK says the scheme will begin in Glasgow in April and the work done in the city will then create a transferable model that can be used elsewhere in Scotland, at minimum cost, with maximum benefit.

Kwik Fit Insurance actively encourages its employees to raise money for charitable causes and has raised almost £150,000 for various good causes since 2005.

Note To Editors

Kwik Fit Financial Services was launched in 1995 and has grown to become one of the UK's leading motor insurance distributors, as well as a major presence in home insurance and other insurance markets.

The company's award-winning call centre in Uddingston, Lanarkshire, now employs over 1000 people, and was named 17th in the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For 2009. Since its launch in 1995, Kwik Fit Financial Services has grown and developed into one of Scotland's most dynamic contact centres providing general and car insurance. For more information visit http://www.kwik-fitinsurance.com.

Kwik Fit Financial Services is part of the Kwik Fit Group owned by private equity firm PAI Partners. The philosophy of the business is to provide the best possible service to customers.

Contact Information

  • Gordon Ross
    01698 786369
    or
    Kwik-Fit Insurance
    1 Masterton Way, Tannochside Business Park
    Uddingston, Glasgow
    Scotland, G71 5PU
    www.kwik-fitinsurance.com/