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Philanthropy and charitable trusts

As the leading kidney research charity in the UK, we fight kidney disease on all fronts. Philanthropy and charitable trusts and foundations have been at the heart of some of our greatest research achievements.

Major gifts make major breakthroughs

Read about some of the biggest advances in research funded by our generous philanthropist and trust partners.

Jack Paul Jame and Liz Sutherland

The Sutherland Award

Moved by their own family experience with kidney disease, the Sutherland Family have made a generous donation dedicated to fund research. Thanks to their gift, we're able to fund a PhD Studentship in paediatric kidney disease in association with Great Ormond Street Hospital. 

Lord and Lady Solomon

The Lady Solomon Award

In memory of Lady Judith Solomon, her family have generously set up an award to further research into kidney conditions, specifically looking at making dialysis more tolerable. Thanks to this funding, two research projects have been awarded.

David Thompson

The David Thompson Fellowships

Thanks to the incredible support from The Thompson Family Charitable Trust, we have launched the David Thompson Fellowship Award in memory of David Thompson CBE who sadly died from renal failure at the age of 84.

Opening event of the Alport Hub

The Stoneygate Trust

We are delighted to work in partnership with the Stoneygate Trust to support established researchers to undertake innovative research to advance our knowledge of kidney disease, refine current treatments, or lead to new advances in the future.

A work bench in a research lab with a microscope on top of it

The Laurence Isaacson Awards

Laurence worked tirelessly to support the charity, he believed that research is the key to changing the future for kidney patients. Thanks to his amazing legacy gift we have launched the Laurence Isaacson Awards to further research in transplantation.

Research in action

Thanks to major gifts, we're making research happen.

Dr Katie Mylonas

Studying harmful senescent cells in kidney patients. 

Dr Katie Mylonas’ work is supported by The David Thompson Fellowship Award.


Investigating the role of cilia in polycystic kidney disease

Dr Barbara Tanos’ work is supported by The David Thompson Fellowship Award.

In the lab at the Alport Research Hub

Alport Hub

The Stoneygate and Kidney Research UK Alport Research Hub was created thanks to £2.55M investment from Stoneygate Trust in partnership with Kidney Research UK

Kacey Zinkambani in hospital bed having dialysis

Making vaccinations work better for dialysis patients

Professor Alan Salama’s work is supported by our partnership with the Stoneygate Trust.

Professor Stephen Marks

Looking for new markers of kidney rejection in children

Professor Stephen Marks’ work is supported by the Laurence Isaacson Award.

Sir Will Adderley presentating on stage

"We deal with a lot of charities – there’s a whole spectrum between average to outstanding. Without a doubt, in our top two or three relationships that we’ve ever made is Kidney Research UK, because of your integrity, respect and desire to win." Sir Will Adderley, Stoneygate Trust

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