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Deborah Bakewell with grand-daughter

Leaving a gift in your Will is a powerful way to show you care.

Deborah Bakewell with grand-daughter A gift in your Will can help fund research into better treatments for future kidney patients. People don’t have to be rich to show they care either, as every penny makes a difference, from small donations of £50, to entire estates worth hundreds of thousands.  “Leaving a Will is incredibly powerful as…

Farah Mulla

Protect us from Covid-19 – plea from a kidney patient

Farah Mulla has lived more than a decade with lupus nephritis, experiencing huge challenges with her condition and treatment, including recently contracting Covid-19. The 29-year-old from Hackney in East London is anxious that kidney patients are prioritised when it comes to being protected from the pandemic. Farah has welcomed news of the new clinical trial we’re helping to fund, with the hope that a bespoke treatment can be…

Jewellery auction

Bring the sparkle and the wow – treat yourself or someone you love

Bid in our online auction to make someone smile! We have a treasure trove of beautiful jewellery and amazing, exclusive experiences to help with our fundraising and now you have the chance to find your ideal gift in our exclusive auction. A selection of the jewellery available in the auction. Choose from a delightful collection…

Farhan Narwaz

Coming out the other side from Covid-19

Farhan Narwaz had had less than a year to get used to relying on dialysis to survive when he contracted COVID-19. Despite his best preparations, the 34 year old pharmacist from Sutton Coldfield caught the virus and spent 23 days in hospital as a result.  Twelve months earlier Farhan’s kidney failure had hit him like…

Research in the lab

Can a tapeworm drug protect high risk kidney patients from Covid-19?

We are helping to fund a clinical trial to find out if the drug niclosamide, usually used to treat tapeworms, can prevent Covid-19 infection in vulnerable, high risk kidney patients and reduce the number of people who become seriously ill or die from it.  If the trial is successful, it may pave the way for a new treatment to prevent or alleviate the impact of Covid-19 in people on dialysis, people who have had…

James Stevenson

I feel like a cat with nine lives. James celebrates his 47th kidneyversary

James Stevenson feels lucky to be alive after doctors diagnosed him with failing kidneys in the 1950s and his parents were told their young son would only live for another two years.  James Stevenson Now 75, James has enjoyed a blessed life and puts it down to his mum finding a pioneering naturopath who steered him to a healthy diet and lifestyle.  James believes the foundations of organic food helped keep his kidneys healthy for 14 years before having a successful transplant in 1974.  “In August it is my…

research

Kidney Research UK become strategic partners on the Accelerate@Babraham initiative

We are delighted to become a strategic partner with the Babraham Research Campus on their Accelerate@Babraham initiative. The funding will help the campus to continue to support and sustain innovation in early science concepts and nurture new life science companies across the Cambridge cluster. Innovation is crucial in accelerating kidney research and pushing exciting scientific ideas towards the…

Sarah Jane after giving a talk as an organ donation ambassador

Every year I quietly reflect on the family who saved a stranger’s life

Andy Cole Fund supporter Sarah Jane Robinson knows she is lucky to be alive. However, she cannot shake the guilt for the family who courageously offered her the gift of life after losing their loved one. Sarah Jane after giving a talk as an organ donation ambassador The 48-year-old mum of two from Liverpool suffered…

Former Eastenders actress Nina Wadia

I wish I’d known mum’s kidney transplant might not be a forever fix

Former Eastenders actress and comedienne Nina Wadia, OBE, has told of her struggle to put on a brave face on stage when her mum was battling kidney disease. Nina, who found fame in the popular TV comedy series Goodness Gracious Me, has spoken candidly of how upsetting it was to watch a loved one battle…

Gavin Jewitt and Tanya

Tanya gives her partner Gavin the gift of life

A North Yorkshire construction project manager says he still feels overwhelmed that his partner gave him the gift of life which shows what a brave and amazing woman she is. Tanya and Gavin Gavin Jewitt, 37, had one transplant from his late mum Sharon and a second from his partner Tanya Lynch. When Gavin knew…

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