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Around three million people in the UK have kidney disease

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World Kidney Day 2017 is on Thursday 9 March. It’s a date that matters. Worldwide, millions of people in over 150 countries will be taking part to educate and raise awareness of kidney disease. In the UK, the leading kidney charities are joining together once again to raise awareness and to encourage you to take part. This year’s theme is kidney disease and obesity.

World Kidney Day

In the UK alone, over three million people have kidney disease and up to a million of these people do not know they have it.

The 2017 UK initiative is being led by the Kidney Charities Together group which comprises the five leading UK kidney charities – The British Kidney Patient Association (BKPA), Kidney Research UK, Kids Kidney Research, The National Kidney Federation and The Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Charity.

The group is encouraging hospitals, renal/transplant units, individuals and patient groups to get behind the campaign and to organise an activity or event to celebrate the day and draw public attention to the need for kidney health.

You’ll be able to find support, advice, ideas for activities and downloadable resources to help, including flyers, posters, stickers and invitations. For more details, visit the UK World Kidney Day website.

A variety of printed materials are now available to help you organise your event. If you’d like a support pack, email: info@worldkidneyday.co.uk or call 0300 303 1100.

Keep in touch with all the action across the country in the lead up and on the day itself, through Facebook or on Twitter @kidneydayUK and use #worldkidneyday. Share your stories, photos and videos on here too.

To find out more about what is going on around the world, please visit the international website: www.worldkidneyday.org

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