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More than 500 fantastic supporters took part in Kidney Research UK’s Glasgow Bridges Walk on 8 October, helping to raise funds for life-saving research.

Crowds of purple-clad walkers gathered at Glasgow’s Riverside museum to take part in the seven-mile journey across the city.

Glasgow Bridges Walk walkers with mascot, Beanie

Glasgow Bridges Walk walkers with mascot, Beanie

The Bridges Walk takes in some of Glasgow’s most well-known bridges and raises funds to enable Kidney Research UK to continue its work towards finding a cure for kidney disease.

Before the walkers set off, they were all led through a guided warm-up and received medals on finishing where they started, at the Riverside museum.

Transplant recipient and Kidney Research UK supporter John Dallas said: “It was a great day at the Glasgow Bridges walk, hundreds of Kidney Research UK supporters turned out on Sunday morning for our fifth bridges challenge. As the assembly area started to fill with purple t-shirts and balloons the walk took on an aura of its own, there was a buzz filling the air. The music was upbeat and by the time the warm up was over everyone was ready to go.

“It was an awesome sight to see all the families with children, ladies with dogs and babies in prams as they all set off. There was a line of purple people stretching out as far as the eye could see.”
And he added: “I am not sure how many of us recognise the planning and logistics that go into an event such as the bridges walk, and on the day the volunteers really shine, taking on many of the administration roles.”

Laura Semple, Events Manager for Kidney Research UK said: “This year’s Bridges Walk was better than ever, with hundreds of people once again coming together to raise money for Kidney Research UK. We would like to thank each and every one of those who took part, without whom events like this just couldn’t happen.”

Kidney Research UK funds research into kidney disease, which affects thousands of people every year in the country.

Around 60,000 people die prematurely annually because of chronic kidney disease, while 64,000 are being treated for end-stage renal failure.

If you would like to take part in an event and help fundraise for research into kidney disease, take a look at our calendar of events.

Pictures from the event taken by photographer Bill Blenmam can be viewed at

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