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Peterborough’s community comes together for Cathedral Winter Walk

04 December 2023

Our #TeamKidney community came together on Sunday 3 December to walk all over kidney disease at our first ever Peterborough Cathedral Winter Walk. Supporters wrapped up warm and donned their beanies for the snowy, five-mile circular walk, starting at Peterborough Cathedral and taking in the scenic surroundings of Nene Park.

Sandra Currie, our chief executive, welcomed people to the event and after an invigorating warm up by Gemma Page and the team from Pure Gym, the crowd set off. Everyone was excited to get started with their friends, families and dogs, meeting other people passionate about improving the future of kidney health and treatments on the way.

An estimated 7.2 million people in the UK are currently living with chronic kidney disease, and the impact on friends and family is also immense. Everybody on the walk had an inspirational story to tell, whether they were a patient themselves, walking for a loved one or remembering somebody special who had passed away.

Walkers at the Peterborough Cathedral Walk wearing purple beanie hats
#TeamKidney walkers setting off

Motivation for walking

Becca Moore, 28 from Peterborough, was one of our keen walkers. She told us: “My beautiful cousin generously donated a kidney to me in 2019 which gave me a whole new lease of life. Sadly, my donated kidney went into rejection in June this year, and I am now waiting for my second transplant.”

After the walk, Becca said: “I’m proud to have completed the Winter Walk with the rest of my team – ‘Becca’s Kidney Beans’ – to raise money for Kidney Research UK. A transplant isn’t currently a cure but hopefully by supporting research, one day kidney disease will end!”

group of six supporters at the winter walk wearing purple beanie hats
Becca Moore (second from right) and her 'Kidney Beans' team

Walking all over kidney disease

There is currently no cure for kidney disease and treatments, such as dialysis, can be incredibly gruelling and time-consuming. Transplants can take years to receive and will only last an average of 20 years before another is needed.

As walkers at the Peterborough Cathedral Winter Walk reached the finish line and claimed their medals, it was revealed that more than £12,000 had been raised to help transform treatments and improve patients’ lives.

Marc Shaw, head of community, events and volunteering at Kidney Research UK, says: “We are delighted that so many people braved the cold on Sunday to join our Winter Walk. Spirits were high, conversations were flowing, and so many inspirational stories were shared. The money raised is so important to accelerate vital research into kidney disease.”

Peterborough Advent service

The walk was followed by the annual advent service hosted at Peterborough Cathedral. Attendees were treated to a festive, candlelit evening of singing by the Cathedral choir to mark the start of Advent.

Patients living with kidney disease were invited to speak at the reception beforehand, which was also attended by researchers who shared their remarkable work. We would like to thank Dr Bharat Khetani and Melina Frieland for sharing their important stories and research, providing hope for the future and Rhys Perrin, Patricia Gooden and Professor John Freehally who gave readings in the service.

Peterborough Cathedral at night lit up with purple lights
Peterborough Cathedral

Join us in 2024

If you would like to join #TeamKidneya and walk with us next year, register your interest in coming to the Peterborough Cathedral Winter Walk in 2024.

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