On Thursday 9 March (World Kidney Day), Nation Radio and Dragon Radio launched a fundraising campaign raising over £5,000 in support of Kidney Wales the leading Kidney charity in Wales.  World Kidney Day (WKD) is an annual global awareness and education event, held annually on the second Thursday in March.  WKD is the most widely celebrated event focused on kidney health across the globe. The “Bring A Pound To Work” campaign’ gathered support across Wales from businesses, supermarkets, schools and local authorities choosing to support this worthy cause.

Nation Radio presenters Carl and Rachel along with Nation Radio staff spent the afternoon collecting donations, and meeting supporters.  One of their visits included Malpas Court Primary who raised over £200 by wearing something blue to school.  Pupil Jade Charles of Malpas Court is a kidney patient at the Children’s Kidney Unit and is awaiting a kidney transplant which is due to take place in early May. Supporting Kidney Wales means a great deal to Jade.

The day ended with a fun filled, extremely competitive Dodgeball competition held at Go Air Llanishen Cardiff hosted by Nation Radio’s Carl and Rachel. 20 teams went head to head to be crowned the Dodgeball Champions.  Friends, colleagues, families recruited teams but it was Burroughs that went home with the title.

The day of activities has raised an incredible £5,000 so far, with donations still on their way.  We are overwhelmed by the generosity and support of the people of Wales who have got behind the day’s celebrations raising money to continue the fantastic work of Kidney Wales advocating for patients across Wales.
For 50 years Kidney Wales has been at the forefront of kidney patient care, wellbeing and research in Wales. Their most recent and significant success to date was their key involvement with the passing of the deemed consent law on organ donation in Wales after campaigning for 8 years.  Looking forward to the future of Kidney Wales, with patients always at the centre of everything we do the ambition is to open a wellness centre for patients and their families living with this lifelong and chronic condition.

Kidney disease affects over 10,000 people in Wales, and is increasing particularly in young children. It is a life-long and life threatening illness which dramatically changes the life of the patient and their families. Living with the condition can involve lengthy dialysis sessions, sometimes 10 hours a day EVERY DAY, and then there’s the lengthy wait for a kidney transplant.  Patients will also have strict diet restrictions to follow, overlooking these can result in fatal consequences.

There’s still time to make a donation call 02920 343940 (between 9am – 4pm)

To donate via Just Giving https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/kwf/wkd2017

To donate by text –  Text KWKW00 £5 (or an amount of your choice) and send to 70070