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Fred Midgley hosts music festival for his kidneyversary

Fingers crossed for Ken13! Fred’s annual kidneyversary music festival postponed due to lockdown

A 28-year old football and music fan hopes lockdown is lifted so he can host his annual one-night festival that celebrates the anniversary of his transplant – his kidneyversary. Sports coach Fred Midgley holds the event for around 150 guests with marquees, DJs and professional sound and light systems. The transplanted kidney changed his life…

Dr Will Budd at work

Kidney transplanted TikTok doc is making Covid science easy to understand

A kidney transplant patient is making a name for himself on the social media platform TikTok by joining a team of young medics helping make Covid vaccine science easy to understand. Dr Will Budd is a clinical research doctor at Imperial College, London, and in his spare time is reaching thousands of young people around…

Tess Harris and Donal O'Donoghue networking

A tribute to Professor Donal O’Donoghue OBE

We were very sad to hear that Professor Donal O’Donoghue OBE, passed away from Covid-19 on Sunday 3 January 2021. Our thoughts are with Donal’s friends, family, colleagues and patients.  Donal was a highly respected figure in the kidney community, serving previously as president of both the British Renal Society and the Renal Association and most recently as chair of the board of trustees at Kidney Care UK. He…

Kyle Porter

Game on for kidney research!

A Liverpool gamer is inviting people to join him for an online 12-hour multiplayer battle to raise money for Kidney Research UK. Kyle Porter is an avid gaming live-streamer and will be hosting his marathon charity event on the popular channel, Twitch, on February 17 from 11am to 11pm. His gaming extravaganza will include freebies and give-aways thanks to sponsorship by Steel eSports, a group of…

Nina Wadia at Kidney Research UK London Bridges Walk

New Year’s honours for charity ambassadors

Kidney Research UK is celebrating after two of our ambassadors were named in the New Year Honours List for their work helping people with kidney disease. Eastenders actress Nina Wadia and volunteer Swaran Chowdhury have both been recognised for their voluntary work. Nina, who found fame on acclaimed comedy sketch show Goodness Gracious Me, before…

Kathryn Croker with her husband Luke and mum Anne and dad Kevin on the charity walk in Rushton

Reflecting on 2020 – a year like no other

This year has been difficult for everyone, especially kidney patients and their families. But despite the challenges we’ve all faced – from shielding and isolation to events being cancelled and research funding taking a hit – there have also been plenty of achievements worth shouting about! Here’s a selection of what we’ve achieved together this…

Dr Gavin Chapman

Doctor joins our Step into Christmas challenge to say thanks for a life-saving kidney transplant from his brother in law

An Edinburgh doctor is running every day in December in a fundraising celebration of his own successful kidney transplant three months ago.  Gavin Chapman is joining our Step into Christmas challenge to fund life-saving research into kidney disease and has already raised more than £5,700.  The 27-year old doctor, who works in south east Scotland,…

Joanne O'Brien

Stepping into Christmas is the perfect opportunity for Joanne to catch up with friends

Discovering new walks around the Chester area and catching up with friends has made the Step into Christmas challenge a perfect fundraising opportunity for Joanne O’Brien.   The minute she announced plans to walk 12,000 steps a day for 12 days with her French Bassett hound, Woody, to raise money for Kidney Research UK, friends pledged to walk alongside her to keep her company.  “It’s turned into a lovely opportunity to catch up…

Noah Ariel and Casper Bingham

Caped kidney crusader raises money for research to offer hope for a better future for his children

A Northumberland dad is taking on a Christmas fundraising challenge as a way of paying forward the kindness of friends who have offered to save his son’s life. Darryl Bingham is stepping into Christmas for Kidney Research UK by running 12,000 steps a day for 12 days to fund life-saving research. Darryl and his wife…

Seema Champaneri dad

Dad didn’t want flowers wilting in a jar, he wanted to make life better for kidney patients

A Bedfordshire family has spoken of the importance of honouring their dad’s memory by setting up a tribute fund to raise money for kidney disease research. Behind the smiles and jokes of fun-loving Harkishan Chauhan lay a serious message about making future care better for his children and grandchildren, said his daughter Seema Champaneri. Harkishan Chauhan and…

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