Northampton firm backs 11-year-old girl’s dream to play football while fighting serious kidney disease

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A talented young footballer is playing out her dream thanks to a generous sponsorship from a Northampton company.

Bethan Edgell, 11, from Buckingham, continues to fight a serious kidney disease, Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease (ARPKD), however she has been recognised by the MK Dons. And to help her realise her footballing ambitions, pump specialist firm Process Systems International (PSI) has agreed to pay for her elite training.

The football crazy youngster plays for Moretonville Harriers as a Striker and is now training with the MK Dons Girls Skills Elite Centre U13 squad.

Her proud dad Chris, who is an engineering co-ordinator for PSI, said: “Bethan has to overcome so many health hurdles to play her various sports, that this opportunity is really important and rewarding for her. There is no cure for her condition and her kidneys will gradually deteriorate, so she is determined to make the most of every sporting opportunity given to her.

“To have the support of PSI to pay for her additional training is very touching indeed.”

As for Chelsea loving Bethan, it’s early days but so far she is enjoying her elite status. She said: “I am truly grateful to PSI for giving me this opportunity with the MK Dons. The various sports I play, in particular football, is a large part of my life and keeping fit is helping with my condition.”