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Niece Laura O'Donnell, sister Cathie Levey and daughter Eliza (left to right).

Family join forces for parachute jump to raise funds for Kidney Research UK

Despite almost losing her life to polycystic kidney disease, mum of two Pauline Richold was not going to let that stop her jumping out of a plane for her favourite charity. Sadly, Pauline was prevented from doing the jump she signed-up for with Kidney Research UK by her doctors, who felt the risks were too…

Ammarah Mehmood

Young peer educator is keen to get back to doing what she loves – raising awareness of kidney disease

A Salford University student is keen to get back to raising awareness of kidney disease once lockdown restrictions are lifted.  Ammarah Mehmood, 21, is passionate about spreading awareness of kidney disease having seen the impact it has had on her dad Tariq.   Ammarah is one of a growing number of champions, known as peer educators, helping to tackle the shortage of organ donors in minority…

Kelly Doble

Kelly skydives solo to keep pact with brother

A woman who planned to do a parachute jump for Kidney Research UK with her brother, bravely took to the skies without him, following his sudden death just five weeks before. Kelly Doble, (51) from Dover had always wanted to do a sponsored skydive and made a pact with her brother last year to do it to celebrate her…

Sonam Sadhu and flashmob dancers

Second lockdown halts Andy Cole Fund charity events

A flashmob tour and charity football match to raise money for the Andy Cole Fund have been put on hold due to the second coronavirus lockdown.   Loughborough University student Sonam Sandhu planned to raise money for the Andy Cole Fund’s research into kidney disease in support of her friend, Jordan Doyle, (JD), who is…

Bushra Riaz, third from left, and the team.

Virtual world provides gateway to community awareness work in Scotland

Technology has helped us find new ways of sharing information and discussing organ donation and kidney health and disease in Scotland. When the Covid-19 pandemic ground the country to a halt in March, the prospect of continuing our work reaching out to specific communities in Scotland seemed slim. It was a rude interruption to the…

Woman's feet on scale.

New research reveals obesity is a cause of kidney disease

Scientists at the University of Oxford have used genetics to show obesity can increase the chances of someone developing kidney disease. This new study, funded by Kidney Research UK and the Medical Research Council through a joint David Kerr fellowship, has found that fat all over the body increases risk, not just fat around the…


How zebrafish are helping scientists to unlock the secrets of a new kidney disease

Working at Great Ormond Street Hospital, it’s not surprising that Dr Aoife Waters, a consultant paediatric nephrologist, has seen a range of kidney diseases. However, one morning a family came  through her clinic doors with a set of symptoms that puzzled her. Unusual kidney cases and coincidences Aoife has helped hundreds of families over the…

Gemma Drake

Lloyd’s of London donation to Kidney Research UK

Lloyd’s of London has donated £40,000 to Kidney Research UK as part of    charitable donations totalling £15 million in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Kidney Research UK nomination came from London-based Caterina De Morii, a direct tax specialist at Lloyds, on behalf of her sister-in-law Gemma Carter. Gemma has a rare auto immune condition…


Kidney Charities Together support the 2020 Diabetes Professional Care conference

Kidney Research UK is once again joining with members of the Kidney Charities Together group to support the Diabetes Professional Care conference. The conference takes place virtually this year and is free to attend. The main conference for health professionals runs from Wednesday 11 to Friday 13 November and offers CPD certification. The programme for…

Angela Watt

My consultant found the equivalent of a spelling mistake in the complete works of Shakespeare in my genes!

Retired nurse Angela Watt has told how her ‘amazing’ consultant has cracked the code to find out why five generations of her family have suffered with rare kidney disease. Angela, a trustee with Kidney Research UK, is part of a pioneering study called 100,000 Genomes, where whole genome genetic data can be trawled for family…

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