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Stars and supporters create fundraising magic at the gala dinner

11 April 2022

Over 300 guests came together at the Kidney Research UK charity gala dinner on Saturday 9 April and raised vital funds to help transform treatments and give patients a better future. The glamorous event combined magical entertainment with inspiring speeches by researchers and patients and a thrilling live auction.

Taking place at the elegant central London venue The Brewery, Kidney Research UK’s gala dinner was a much-anticipated highlight in the charity’s fundraising calendar, the Covid pandemic having caused an 18-month delay.

Andy Cole and Sandra Currie on stage presenting at the Gala Dinner
Andy Cole and Sandra Currie at the Gala Dinner fundraising event.

Charity ambassador and footballing legend Andy Cole and actress Dame Joanna Lumley rubbed shoulders with members of the kidney community. And cast members from the reality TV series Married at First Sight were in attendance to support fellow star Marilyse Corrigan who recently donated a kidney to allow ex-partner and father of her two children Shaun to receive a transplant. 

Marilyse Corrigan with Married at First Sight stars
Marilyse Corrigan and cast members from Married at First Sight. Image credit - Matt Crossick.

The charity raised a total of £130,000, and still counting, from the evening in support of the Transforming Treatments campaign, funding research to improve the lives of kidney patients across the world.  

Sandra Currie, chief executive officer at Kidney Research UK said: “We are so grateful for the incredible generosity of our guests which will make an enormous difference to our essential work. Events such as these really highlight that kidney disease does not discriminate. All our guests share the same goal of improving patients’ lives, which made for a thoroughly uplifting evening.”  

Gala Dinner event
Gala Dinner event at The Brewery. Image credit - Matt Crossick.

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