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Gavin Jewitt

Walking my dogs is good for mind, body and soul! Gavin steps into Christmas with Coco and Hugo

A North Yorkshire construction project manager is joining our Step into Christmas challenge to say thanks for the research that made his two kidney transplants possible. Hugo and Coco are joining Gavin Jewitt for Step Into Christmas Gavin Jewitt, 37, had one transplant from his late mum Sharon and a second last year from his…

Liz Lighstone is doing 12000 steps a day for 12 days

Liz is stepping into Christmas with her new knees!

Recent knee surgery is not putting a dampener on the enthusiasm of Kidney Research UK trustee Liz Lightstone, who is joining our Step into Christmas challenge. Liz, a professor of renal medicine at Imperial College, London, is walking 12,000 steps a day for 12 days to raise money for vital research and has already raised…

Sarah VIner

Kidney patient brings banking giant UBS onto the Andy Cole team

Kidney Research UK has welcomed global financial services firm UBS as the first corporate supporter of the Andy Cole Fund, helping to fund research into kidney disease. Legendary footballer Andy Cole launched the fund in May 2020, five years after his kidneys completely failed.   Spurred on by kidney patient Sarah Viner, co-chair of the inclusive staff network…

Upa Loomba

Football fan Upa, received a kidney from his cousin Avi, and is an avid supporter of the Andy Cole Fund

A London-based football fan with a family history of kidney disease, has told how his cousin flies back from India every year for their annual health check together after donating a kidney to him. Upanishad Loomba (Upa) and Avi Johri feel blessed by their unbreakable bond and want to be part of the movement to…

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New guidance for young kidney patients’ care following pandemic survey

Mental health support and better access to their medical teams are just some of the recommendations being made following a survey of young kidney patients during the first Covid-19 lockdown. Funded by Kidney Research UK and Kidney Care UK, the online survey, which details the lived experiences of young patients during the first wave of…

Liz Digby

Dog walking to raise money for research this Christmas

Making the most of Christmas by raising money for her favourite charity is just one of the many reasons Liz Digby is taking part in our Step Into Christmas campaign. Step into Christmas challenge The challenge set by Kidney Research UK is to complete a total of 144,000 steps over any 12 days in December…

Nicola Wood

Stepping into the perfect anniversary celebration!

A South Lanarkshire family is taking on a Christmas fundraising challenge as a way of paying forward the kindness of a stranger who donated the gift of life. Nicola Wood, her husband David and 11-year-old daughter India will be walking and running 12,000 steps a day for 12 days to fund life-saving research. Nicola, David…


Covid-19 charity update

The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has presented us with huge challenges over recent months.   It’s been a little while since we updated you – read on for more about our latest plans from Sandra Currie, our chief executive.   Building for the future The disruption we all face from the pandemic is huge – and this continues as we all face new restrictions once…

Kidney Beam

Free Kidney Beam service for patients to continue for another year

Four months since we helped launch Kidney Beam, a new online service helping kidney patients take care of their physical and mental health, we are delighted to announce that we have extended our funding for another year. This means the platform is free for the kidney community to enjoy for another 12 months.  We’ll have more news on Beam developments and…

Ian Whittington

Football fan is given the gift of life from his wife despite them not being a match!

A Norwich couple are celebrating 14 years since becoming a rare, non-matched, kidney transplant success story. A special process, where antibodies are “washed” before and after transplant “tricks” the body into thinking the new kidney is a match. It meant Chris was able to give the gift of life to her husband Ian. The pair…

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