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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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Milton Keynes Mayor supports Hope’s sponsored walk

Hope Rusell, a 25-year-old from Milton Keynes, was born prematurely after a road traffic accident caused her mother, Maxine, to go into early labour. Just a few months later Maxine was told her newborn baby had kidney disease that would progress info full renal failure by the time she was five. Now, 25 years later,…

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“Nurses have a special relationship with patients and can drive research”

Ahead of International Nurses Day on Sunday 12 May, we spoke to Pam Yanez, former directorate manager for renal services in Newcastle, about her career and our upcoming campaign to encourage more renal nurses to become involved in research. Funded opportunities will be available with Kidney Research UK from summer 2024, for nurses to learn…

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Joining Kidney Research UK’s Newcastle Bridges Walk in memory of Grandad

When Kidney Research UK returns to Newcastle on 16 June for the Bridges Walk, Chloe Hall and her family will be there once again to join Team Kidney in transforming the lives of those affected by kidney disease.   Chloe, 23 from Northumberland, and her mum, Emma, have both been diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease (PKD),…

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“Within 48 hours kidney disease had changed my life”

On a Tuesday night in April 2019, Hiren Samgi, a 36-year-old business owner from Richmond, was enjoying a regular evening playing football with friends. Just two days later, he was in hospital having been diagnosed with kidney disease.  Hiren says: “I knew something was not right as I’d be having severe headaches, so I went…

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Call for more living kidney donors as new poll shows just 13% would consider donating to a stranger.

Former footballer Andy Cole and TV’s Married at First Sight’s Marilyse Corrigan are amongst those backing a new initiative to encourage more people to consider living kidney donation as a new poll reveals just 13% would consider donating a kidney to a stranger, despite 80% of people believing you can change someone’s life even if…

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“I fit dialysis around my life, and won’t let kidney disease define me”

Despite three failed kidney transplants, and the prospect of needing dialysis treatment for the rest of her life, Lynzie Stephenson is defiantly living hers.   She says: “Mentally I’m a positive person so I try not to dwell on things too much. You just adjust to it. I work full-time and I’m lucky that I can…

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Rare disease alters twin sisters’ lives forever

Twin sisters, Ellie and Leyna Parkinson, had their lives changed forever in October 2022, when Leyna was unexpectedly diagnosed with a rare form of kidney disease called focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). They later discovered this was caused by a mutation in a gene called inverted formin 2 (INF2), and that Ellie has the same condition. …

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Being informed earlier could have protected my kidney function

Ruhama, from Reading, was not aware that she had been living with hereditary polycystic kidney disease (PKD) since birth, until she began to experience symptoms as an adult which greatly impacted her life. After her diagnosis in 2009, Ruhama discovered it was likely that both her father and grandfather had lived with PKD, which contributed…

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