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Glasgow goes purple for kidney disease

29 August 2023

Over 600 people descended on Glasgow to take part in an annual charity walk on Sunday 20 August. Kidney patients and their families and friends took part in the Glasgow Bridges Walk to come together and raise money for research into kidney disease.

The 6.5-mile course across the city took supporters from the Glasgow Science Centre all the way to Glasgow Green. We estimate that so far, £73,000 has been raised from the event that will fund vital research to help change the lives of people with kidney disease.

Pam Gosal MSP with bagpip player and Brogan Ritchie from Kidney Research UK
Pam Gosal MSP, (centre) at Glasgow Bridges Walk

Walking all over kidney disease

An estimated 607,000 people are living with kidney disease in Scotland, 45% of whom are living with the most severe stages. There is no cure and treatments for later stage kidney disease can be a gruelling burden on patients. Our research is looking to transform treatments to make them more accessible and kinder for future generations.

Brogan Ritchie, community and events manager at Kidney Research UK said: “Nothing could be better than seeing a sea of people in purple Kidney Research UK t-shirts take to the bridges of Glasgow in support of people with kidney disease. This year’s walk was bigger and better than ever, and we are so proud of the efforts that all of our participants made this year. Their efforts will help us to fund vital research into beating this horrible disease, transform treatments and ultimately save lives.”

Walkers waving and wearing their Kidney Research UK t-shirts at Glasgow Bridges Walk
Glasgow Bridges Walk 2023

Inspired to walk for many reasons

People from all over Scotland and the rest of the UK took on the walk for a variety of reasons. Some were there in support of friends and family while others took on the event in memory of someone who they had lost.

Joining patients and families was Pam Gosal MSP who walked alongside our chief executive Sandra Currie and hundreds of other supporters.

This was the first Glasgow Bridges Walk since Covid-19 prevented events like these from happening. For the charity and its volunteers, this year’s turnout has been inspiring and encouraging for future events.

Join us in 2024

The Glasgow Bridges Walk will return next year when the charity hopes to see even more support. If you would like to join us next year, you can already register your interest for the Glasgow Bridges Walk in 2024 and we'll email you when registration opens.

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