Queensferry kid dives with sharks for dad

A Queensferry youngster is set to swim with sharks this weekend to raise cash for a charity close to his heart.

Calum Graham (11) will dive into a tank with sand tiger sharks at Deep Sea World tomorrow (Saturday) to raise cash for Polycystic Kidney Disease Charity (www.pkdchar

He is raising cash for the charity as his dad Niki suffers from the disease and is currently awaiting a transplant.

Niki said: “I was seriously ill a couple of years ago and spent almost four months in hospital recovering from a nephrectomy (kidney removal).

‘‘Ever since then Calum has taken it upon himself to learn all about my condition. He has delivered talks in and out of school on my condition and has came up with fundraising ideas and carried them out in school.

“His latest fundraiser is to dive with sharks at Deep Sea World. He set a target of £200 but it is now sitting at £490.”

Niki (36) was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2004 and spends five hours, three times a week, hooked up to a dialysis machine at the 
Western General Hospital.

Calum said of his dad: ‘‘Even though he looks well, his body isn’t, and he is in real need of a new kidney and has been on the transplant list since November 2011.

‘‘Raising money for this charity will hopefully raise more awareness about the disease, the affects it has on people and their families and how organ donation is really important.

‘‘My dad loves sharks but he can’t dive because of his illness so I’m doing it for him, it’s going to be awesome.’’

Dad Niki and mum Jacqui also have a daughter Halle (9) and all are so proud of Calum.

Niki said: ‘‘Calum is one of the kindest, most thoughtful and bravest kids I have ever known.

‘‘He has seen me, health wise, at my best and at my very, very worst and has always stayed strong and coped with everything a lot better than I could have at his age.’’

If anyone would like to help Calum in his fundraising efforts, go to www.justgiving.com/CalumGraham11/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_