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London Bridges Walk

London Bridges Walk

We need to improve the lives of kidney patients, faster. We need breakthroughs in research, sooner. You can help make that happen.

Bridging the gap...

By walking the Bridges Walk you can help to bridge the gap between kidney disease and a cure. Together we will fund research to save lives.

Victoria Embankment Gardens

1 January 2040

Earlybird offer: £5 adult / children free

Distance: long route max 7 miles / short route approx 1 mile

Registration opens: 10am

Set your own fundraising target - raise £50 and get a free pair of laces!

Unfortunately our Bridges Walks are unable to go ahead in 2020. Instead, we've rebooted them and are excited to unveil our 'My Bridges Challenge'.

As part of #TeamKidney you'll receive...

A Kidney Research UK t-shirt

A fundraising pack full of tips and ideas

Support from our dedicated team every step of the way

Regular updates to inspire you with training and fundraising

Encouragement from our fabulous team as you walk the route.


Let's get fundraising!

Online fundraising

Online fundraising is a quick and easy way to keep track of your donations. We receive the money you raise online automatically, so there’s no need to worry about paying it in.

Upon signing up for a Bridges Walk, a Just Giving page will automatically be generated for you with event information and your sponsorship target. These tips on how to personalise it will also be included in your automated confirmation email – the more you make it your own, the more compelled people will feel to donate.

Offline fundraising

If you use a sponsorship form, you can pay your money in by:

  • Calling Supporter Care on 0300 303 1100 and making a card payment over the phone
  • Sending us a cheque made payable to ‘Kidney Research UK’ with your name, postcode and name of the event on the back to Kidney Research UK, Nene Hall, Lynch Wood Park, Peterborough PE2 6FZ.

We are unable to take sponsorship cash or cheques at the event so please do not bring them with you.

Dr Michelle Willicombe

Michelle's story

Charing Cross Hospital nephrologist Dr Michelle Willicombe knows how devastating the impact of transplant loss can be. “‘Rejection’ is a horrible term,” she says.  “But it’s the leading cause of transplant failure.” In some cases, the body sees the new kidney as a foreign object and tries to attack it, just like it would an infection. This is known as antibody-mediated rejection (AMR).

Patients with AMR are treated with plasma exchange, a special type of dialysis that filters the antibodies from the blood. But this isn’t always successful. Bodies destroy kidneys. Transplants are lost. Michelle doesn’t want patients to face dialysis. Again.

She is leading a clinical trial involving all the transplant centres in the UK. Studying 170 patients with AMR, plasma exchange will be compared with rituximab, a drug that works against cells producing antibodies. If rituximab is found to be effective at preventing transplant loss, it could become the gold standard in treating AMR.

“When there’s nothing else we can do, we feel redundant as doctors. Funding from Kidney Research UK is vital.” Dr Michelle Willicombe

Join Michelle at our London Bridges Walk and walk towards a brighter future for kidney patients.


Frequently asked questions

Got a question? Get in touch

If you have a question or would like to chat about one of our events, the team here at Kidney Research UK are happy to help. Please get in touch.

0300 303 1100

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