Jo-Anne Dobson takes on new role with Kidney Care charity
Former Assembly member Jo-Anne Dobson has taken up a new role - as the Northern Ireland charity ambassador for the patient support charity Kidney Care UK.
The former Upper Bann MLA's son Mark is a dialysis patient who has had kidney problems from birth and lost his donated organ in August.
Jo-Anne is particularly proud, as she goes through the tests to donate a kidney to her son, to be making this announcement on the ninth anniversary of Mark receiving his first kidney transplant in 2009.
She said: "Mark has been my constant inspiration. Like so many people who have kidney problems Mark has been through so much in his short life, with hospitals almost becoming our home away from home.
"As charity ambassador I will be engaging with as many groups and organisations as I can to explain the challenges faced by patients, the wonderful hope that comes with receiving 'new life' through a transplant and the difference which even a small donation can make."