Children’s hospital makes pioneering move by introducing Duke of Edinburgh award scheme

Young people with kidney disorders are learning useful skills by taking up the scheme 
Willow Cracknell & Tia Ball

Young people with kidney disorders are learning useful skills by taking up the scheme

Many teenagers have a fear of missing out, but the anxiety is especially easy to understand in young people with long-term health conditions.

It is a concern that Willow Cracknell, who loves rugby, hockey and swimming, began to have after being diagnosed with kidney problems.

Willow must now attend Southampton Children’s Hospital three times a week for dialysis and is hoping to get a kidney transplant in the spring.

She says: ‘I’ve missed out on quite a bit of my school. I wasn’t allowed to take part in the


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