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Kidney Research UK has announced it is to combine with Kids Kidney Research with the aim of improving the lives of thousands of poorly children up and down the country.

The two charities will merge on September 1, combining forces to create an even stronger understanding of childhood kidney diseases and treatments.

In agreeing the merger, chairman of Kids Kidney Research, Richard Trompeter said:

We are very proud of the 50 years of our support for research into childhood kidney diseases. We decided that it was time to build on that legacy and join together with Kidney Research UK, to ensure an even brighter future for this area of renal research.

Kids Kidney Research began fundraising in 1967 and the charity now awards around £400,000 in grants for research into finding a cure for kidney disease every year.

Kidney Research UK, which is based at Nene Hall on Lynchwood Park in Peterborough, has pledged to increase its investment into paediatric research, working with the trustees and supporters of Kids Kidney Research.

Chief executive of Kidney Research UK, Sandra Currie said: “Now we are together as one charity it is very exciting and really good news for kidney patients. It is made extra special by the fact that the founders of Kids Kidney Research started out by fundraising for Kidney Research UK (then known as the National Kidney Research Fund). Now we can combine our knowledge and resources to make the strongest possible impact on improving the lives of children with kidney disease.”

Kidney disease is a silent killer, it is currently incurable and can affect people of any age.

There are currently over 900 children in the UK whose kidneys have failed and who are kept alive by dialysis or a transplant.

Kidney Research UK relies almost wholly on the generous support of the public to fund research into finding cures for kidney diseases.

Find out more about Kids Kidney Research and investment in paediatric kidney research.

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