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An old photograph of Joanne and her brother when they were growing up

“Challenging myself to make my brother proud”

Losing her 49-year-old brother David, after his lifelong battle with kidney disease, was devastating for Joanne Wallis and her family.   After David died in November 2023, Joanne, 39, from Derby, decided to take on a series of challenges in his memory to raise money for Kidney Research UK. From a skydive to swimming and walking…

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Volunteering in memory of my dad

After a 23-year struggle with kidney disease, Eleanor Senior’s dad, Bill, died in November 2023 at the age of 80. This heartbreaking loss spurred Eleanor, a 29-year-old microbiologist from Chester, to become a volunteer with Kidney Research UK, and support the charity’s vision of putting an end to kidney disease. Eleanor says: “My dad was…

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Identifying priorities at the Primary Prevention Workshop

A team from Kidney Research UK travelled to London on 16 May to host our Primary Prevention Workshop, with the aim of identifying the key research priorities to reduce the burden of kidney disease in children and young people. We were joined by researchers and healthcare professionals with experience in this area, and by patients,…

Cheer squad at the London Marathon wearing Kidney Research UK t-shirts ready to cheer on marathon runners.

London Marathon runners raise £150,000

On Sunday 21 April 2024, 68 amazing supporters pulled on their purple running tops and participated in the TCS London Marathon for Kidney Research UK. Thanks to their huge efforts in completing the 26.2-mile-long course, an incredible £150,000 was raised to fund life-saving research into kidney disease.  Our runners were willed on by wonderful volunteers…

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“Nail salon discovery changed my life”

A routine trip to a nail salon in February 2022, led Louise Whymark to the shock discovery that she had been living with kidney disease. She says: “I went to have my nails done and told my nail technician that I had a problem with one of my toenails. She had a look and told…

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The March March raises more than £23,000 for Kidney Research UK

Over the course of 31 days in March, 233 participants took over 72 million steps as part of a huge collective effort to raise money for Kidney Research UK. Walking a minimum of 10,000 steps a day each throughout the month, our Team Kidney community raised more than £23,000 to support life-changing research. Grant during…

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Investigating how problems with memory and other thought processes might affect treatment-related decision-making in patients with CKD

Dr Kerry-Lee Rosenberg from University College London has received an Andy Cole Fund Award clinical training fellowship of £318,000 to study the impact of undiagnosed problems with memory and other thought processes (known as cognitive impairment, CI) in a multi-ethnic population with advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD).  The problem CI is a term used when…

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Understanding the impact on mental health where there is a negative outcome following a kidney transplant

Emma Aitken from Queen Elizabeth Hospital Ms Emma Aitken from Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Glasgow has received an Andy Cole Fund Award clinical training fellowship of £5,300 to understand the impact that complications following a kidney transplant can have on the mental health of patients, families and surgeons.  The problem Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a…

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Financial Ombudsman Service raises more than £20,000 for kidney research

Our charity partnership with the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) comes to an end in April 2024, after two successful years of fundraising and awareness raising as part of their ‘Giving Something Back’ initiative.  Managed by the ‘Giving Something Back’ committee, staff at the FOS, which settles disputes between customers and financial service providers, raised more…

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“Chronic kidney disease severely impacted my mental health”

In 2012, while working as a paramedic, Izzy, 48 from Bradford, received the shocking news that he was at stage four of kidney failure. Izzy had been living with a type of kidney disease called IgA nephropathy, which had caused his kidney function to drop to just 15%.   Living with kidney disease has had huge…

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