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James and family

Donor hero James celebrates seven years since transplant with charity challenge

  Seven years since James Holdstock became a kidney donor, he has celebrated all the things that were made possible through his gift of life, by undertaking a challenge for Kidney Research UK.   James, 38, an HR analyst from Crowborough, donated his kidney seven years ago, as part of a chain which meant his wife Jess (35)…

Louise Carten

Children’s nurse makes face masks using her young daughter’s sewing machine after watching a You Tube video!

  A children’s nurse living with kidney disease who had never taken up sewing before, has raised money for Kidney Research UK by making face masks, after being inspired by a You Tube video.  Louise Carten dug out her eight-year-old daughter’s sewing machine and made her first mask for her husband when it became compulsory…


Covid-19 statement update

  The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has presented us with huge challenges. We’ve updated our statement, and we will continue to do so as the situation changes. Hear from Sandra Currie, our chief executive, to find out more about the impact coronavirus is having and what we are doing to ensure we keep research going. Difficult…

Emmanuel Gonzalez Escobar wiht sunset

From denial and blame to anger and acceptance, Emmanuel writes a book on his journey with kidney disease

  Emmanuel Gonzalez-Escobar is still unsure how he became ill with kidney disease.  The confusion led to a painful world of anger, frustration and blame by the 28-year-old research scientist, who has written a book on his journey from denial to acceptance.  Originally intended to privately vent his feelings, the research scientist found the writing…

Rugby school boys

School boys raise money for Tanya who has end stage kidney disease after taking just one prescribed anti reflux and nausea tablet.

  Tanya La Porta was the life and soul of parties, a ray of light, who friends say lit up a room every time she walked in. Full of fun, nobody could have predicted that her life would change so dramatically, when she took just one anti-reflux and nausea tablet.   Tanya suffered a rare complication…

Andrew Butler

Andrew is a role model for positivity in the face of adversity after his charity Channel swim is cut short in the last few miles

After swimming the English Channel for a gruelling 15 hours and 34 minutes Andrew Butler spotted the signal he never wanted to see – his boat pilot telling him to stop immediately. Andrew had drifted too close to the ferry channels near the French port of Calais and for his own safety had no choice…

My Ride London

Calling cyclists and wheely great supporters everywhere to take part in the PRUDENTIAL RIDELONDON!

The first ever virtual edition of Prudential RideLondon – the world’s greatest festival of cycling – will take place on 15 and 16 August to celebrate cycling and raise funds to help save the UK’s charities. It’s open to anyone on wheels and you don’t even need to be anywhere near London! Take part in…

Elizabeth Ward OBE

Elizabeth Despard Ward OBE

  Fearless kidney patient advocate1926-2020RIP ‘A life in the day’ Elizabeth Ward passed away on 20 July. Without her endeavours, thousands of UK kidney disease sufferers leading very hard lives would have perished before their time. The quality of thousands more lives has been improved dramatically. Her key achievements were raising an estimated £70 million…


Transplant research critical beyond COVID-19 disruption

  The latest annual transplantation report produced by NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) has confirmed the number of organ transplants taking place suddenly dropped when COVID-19 hit the UK in March 2020.   Before transplant centres were forced to close the number of transplants were on track to top the previous year’s numbers, continuing the upward…

Survivors Life Unfiltered: Rudina Hatipi

New virtual art exhibition shines a spotlight on those living with chronic kidney disease

New virtual art exhibition brings life with kidney disease into focus An art exhibition featuring photographic portraits and compelling stories of kidney patients has launched online, after the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily stalled its tour of public galleries and exhibition spaces across the UK.  Survivors Life-Unfiltered is a joint creative project by award-winning photographer and director…

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