We need your help more than ever!
Did you know that every penny of our income is raised through events, your fundraising activities and gifts left in Wills? We do not receive any government funding.
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak we, and our brilliant fundraising supporters, have had to cancel or postpone the fundraising activities we had planned to take place during March – June. This leaves us with a significant shortfall in income for the year. During this time of crisis, we need you more than ever.
Help support our Kidney Community through these uncertain and anxious times.
WAYS TO HELP:
1) Donate to our COVID-19 Emergency Appeal – Making a donation to our emergency appeal will help fill the income gap we forecast as a result if cancelling fundraising activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please consider donating whatever you can, whether this is £5 in lieu of what you would have spent on takeaway coffee, or £25 saved on fuel during these restricted times. Any help will go a long way to supporting our Kidney Community in need. Don’t forget if you are a tax payer, we are able to claim an additional 20% on your donation if you tick the gift aid box. Donate today
2) Take part in a virtual fundraising event – Due to the current pandemic, we are expecting a shortfall in our income due to cancelled events hosted by our team and our fantastic supporters. We rely on fundraised income to deliver our life changing services to the patients in Wales. During this time of worry and isolation, get involved and pick up your spirits by joining our VIRTUAL Walk for Life and Tea Party! Why not make it a team challenge with your family or colleagues?! Find out more
3) Become a regular donor via Payroll Giving or Standing Order – Signing up to become a regular donor personally or via payroll giving will help by providing regular and reliable income during these uncertain times. Contact the team on firstname.lastname@example.org or 02920 343940 for more information.
4) Make a donation in memory of a loved one – Donating or fundraising in someone’s memory is a very special and meaningful way to remember them – honouring their life and helping others at the same time. Contact the team on email@example.com or 02920 343940 for more information. We’re always incredibly touched and very grateful to receive these donations.
5) Consider leaving a gift in your will – Law firms have reported a huge surge in demand for will writing services during the COVID-19 pandemic, as people plan to get their affairs in order. The UK Government has also published advice on making a will. Did you know gifts in wills provide around half of the funding for Kidney Wales’ life changing work supporting families and kidney patients? If you are considering including a charity in your will, please remember Kidney Wales. A gift to Kidney Wales is an opportunity to leave a legacy that has endless possibilities. Every penny of every legacy, however large or small, will be invested in our vital work for patients and their loved ones, both in the present and for those who will unfortunately develop chronic kidney disease in the future. Find out more
How will your donations help to make a difference during this pandemic?
With the spread of COVID-19, it is more important than ever that we are able to provide support and services to the Kidney Community in Wales. For people with kidney disease and their families, this difficult period creates anxiety about today as well as what lies ahead.
Enquiries about Coronavirus (COVID-19) have surged and we have rapidly adapted our services to provide a lifeline to people with kidney disease, who may have been advised to ‘shield’ on medical grounds or to strictly adhere to social distancing rules. These are some of the most vulnerable and isolated people in our communities.
Our team are busy responding to individual enquiries and planning activities to keep people well informed and connected during the lock down.
Our key services
• In support of our over-stretched NHS workers, Kidney Wales Patient Advocates provide front line information, guidance and emotional support to patients and families via phone, e-mail and social media.
• Our Kidney Wales Community closed Facebook group provides the latest information and guidance about COIVID-19 tailored to the interests and concerns of people with kidney disease, and includes posts to promote health and well-being. Join here
• We continue to team up with health care professionals including clinicians, Psychologists, Social Workers and Physiotherapists to provide Q&A sessions and activities for our Kidney Wales Community. Find out more
• Requests to our hardship fund have increased as families face increasing financial challenges due to the virus outbreak. Each grant must be applied for with the support of the patient’s Kidney team, for example a Social Worker or part of their clinical team.
With the world full of uncertainty, and a feeling of helplessness, by choosing to support us during this pandemic, you will help Kidney Wales to continue our vital work to bolster our National Health Service by reaching out to our kidney community to help people protect themselves by shielding and social distancing, provide essential supplies and keep mentally and physically well, as we all endure the challenges posed by COVID-19.
If you or a loved one have been affected by kidney disease, please get in touch- we’d love to hear from you and we’d love to help.