Initially, we had 4 befrienders who at that time supported 10 patients; today we have 15 befrienders who have supported over 200 patients.
Our befrienders are volunteers who have first-hand experience of renal disease and so understand what the patients are going through, as well as their fears and concerns about their diagnosis.
Says Joanne Popham, the fund’s manager, “Being diagnosed with kidney disease is life-changing and who better to understand that than someone who has either gone through it themselves or seen a loved one go through it. Our aim is to help people with kidney disease to lead a better quality of life.”
This support service based in Swansea was developed alongside staff from the renal team based at Morriston Hospital. This team deals with kidney patients living between Bridgend and Fishguard as well as at the dialysis unit at Morriston which sees more than 220 patients each year.
Anyone who signs up to become a befriender is given specialist training by a clinical psychologist and receives support from the charity as well as the team at the renal unit.
To find out more, visit our website http://paulpophamfund.co.uk/befriending-service/ or call us today on 0333 200 1285.