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Delivering on our aims.

Delivering on our aims.

As the Covid-19 crisis loomed, we adapted. We revised our annual plans to ensure we could embark on our new strategy, while being realistic about the challenges ahead. It was a tough year, and we thank our staff, volunteers, supporters and partners for adapting and helping in the most difficult circumstances. Inevitably, progress slowed in some areas. But we have emerged from the crisis determined to get back on track and drive forward. Here we summarise how we performed against the revised goals we set.

Headshot of nurse wearing mask in dialysis unit with patients dialysing in the background

Honour our existing funding commitments.

YES. We continued to support all our 116 existing grant-holders and awarded new paediatric research projects –which had been reviewed just before the pandemic hit.

Adapt and target Covid-19 research where appropriate.

YES. We responded to applications for Covid-19 research funding, collaborating with others to fund important projects.

Re-start funding new research when the time is right.

YES. We were able to launch a new research grant round focused on our transforming treatments priority.

We funded three new fellowships and six new projects at a total of £1.35m. The Stoneygate Trust supported some of these awards.

Develop our programme of patient and public involvement in research.

YES. We were able to launch a new research grant round focused on our transforming treatments priority.

We funded three new fellowships and six new projects at a total of £1.35m. The Stoneygate Trust supported some of these awards.

We will drive forward our priorities to transform treatments, understand multiple health conditions and reduce inequalities.

YES. We were able to launch a new research grant round focused on our transforming treatments priority.

We funded three new fellowships and six new projects at a total of £1.35m. The Stoneygate Trust supported some of these awards.

Work with others to make a difference to patients.

YES. We have built up several partnerships including with King’s College London, Centre for Mental Health, Babraham Research Campus and The PKD Charity and joined a charity coaltion to help increase Covid-19 vaccination uptake.

Build our community by attracting new people to support us.

YES. We launched our new brand, rallying people behind the reality of kidney disease and the need for research. Just under 13,000 people joined Team Kidney including volunteers and over 8,000 new donors. Nearly 800 people registered for one of our new virtual events.

We developed an informative and supportive digital space for our followers gaining 9.8% more engagement on our social channels and 5,217 new followers. And we saw a 34% increase in website browsing time and a 76% drop in people leaving after viewing just one page.

Raise £6 million.

YES. The pandemic caused an initial fall in income but we adapted and raised £6.9 million.
We had forecast a 50% drop in income on the previous year. This held true until strong performance in the last six weeks of the year, particularly in legacies, meant we limited the fall to 33%, before the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Continually improve our governance and management to come through the pandemic as a stable and sustainable charity.

YES. We rapidly introduced cloud technology to enable effective homeworking and enhance cyber security. We developed our forecasting and reporting tools to support agile decision making.

We prioritised the health and wellbeing of our staff throughout the year.

Towards year end we reviewed our strategy to ensure that it was still fit for purpose in light of the challenges Covid-19 had presented.

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