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Nicky Clifford with her family

“I am doing it because I CAN” – why Nicky Clifford still fundraises 25 years post-transplant

Kidney transplant patient Nicky Clifford counts herself as very lucky. She has been married to Antony for 26 years, has two daughters born after her transplant, a beloved horse called Chester and family dog, Marley. This year she is celebrating the 25th anniversary of her kidney transplant and she is preparing to be strapped onto…

With volunteer Holly and researchers, Carl and Gavin, at Kidney Research UK's stand

Patients and researchers come together at the British Transplant Games

Hundreds of transplant patients took part in the 2019 Westfield Health British Transplant Games hosted in Newport, Wales this summer. Representatives from Kidney Research UK enjoyed four days of sport and conversation about patient experiences and research. The games kicked off with an Olympic-style parade during the opening ceremony, culminating in the lighting of the…

Andrew Cole

Andrew Cole’s challenging transplant story

Former Manchester United striker Andrew Cole is no stranger to the ups and downs of kidney disease. He vividly recalls feeling tired and bloated, but was convinced it was nothing serious when he reluctantly went to see his GP. On his way out, he remembers turning back to his son and saying: “I’ll be back…

Tim and Joseph McLean

Kidney Research UK partners with Hillside Outside for major bike ride challenge

Kidney Research UK is delighted to announce it is partnering with leading event management company, Hillside Outside, as its official charity for cycling event Tour O The Borders, powered by Pirelli 2019. Touro, as the borders bike ride is known, is a tough and demanding 120km ride through the Scottish Borders area, which attracts thousands…

David and Jenny Griffiths

A family of champions – son of charity supporter prepares for the British Transplant Games

A Langstone dad whose donated kidney failed more than seven years ago will prove nothing can stop him when he takes part in the Westfield Health British Transplant Games at the end of the month. David Griffiths, (43) will be taking part in the swimming competition at the four-day festival of sport and life in…

Transplant infographic

50 years since the moon landings, we need kidney transplant progress to speed up

We cautiously welcome the news that numbers of people waiting for a kidney on the transplant waiting list has fallen for the tenth year in a row. At the end of March 2019, there were 4,977 people on the list waiting for a new kidney – a one per cent drop since the previous year…

Family at Newcastle Bridges Walk

Newcastle’s iconic bridges walk raises kidney awareness across the city

On Sunday 14 July, nearly 200 people came together to take on one of Kidney Research UK’s flagship challenge events and raise awareness of kidney disease in Newcastle. Kidney patients, transplant patients, and donors were joined by family, friends – and many dogs – at this year’s Newcastle Bridges Walk, raising money for life-saving research…

London Bridges Walk 2019

Kidney Research UK thanks all London Bridges Walk participants

Scores of Kidney Research UK supporters took to the streets of London on Sunday to take part in the charity’s iconic London Bridges Walk fundraising event. More than 700 people, each with their own personal reasons for taking part, enjoyed the somewhat emotional seven mile walk of solidarity over six of the capital’s most iconic…

Kayla Brass

Kayla’s amazing fundraising hair chop

Six-year old Kayla Brass has had her long hair cut off to raise money for Kidney Research UK, and in memory of her grandad. Her hair cut was one of the highlights at a fundraising spring fair organised by Kayla’s mum, Jess, on the Isle of Arran, where the family lives. As well as raising…


New drug compound could tackle major life-limiting kidney disease ADPKD

Scientists from the University of Sheffield and the USA are developing a new class of drugs to treat autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD), which is a major cause of kidney failure. Over the last 12 years the Sheffield team have received around £700,000 from Kidney Research UK, which has helped them to develop the…

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