Befriending Service Open Day

PPF Befriending ServiceCome along and find out about the Paul Popham Befriending Service and how you can get involved.

If you are a kidney patient and/or carer or family member of a kidney patient and would like to volunteer to support kidney patients to get much needed advice and support then come along and find out how you can help them?

Event date: Thursday 9th March 2017
Venue: Lord Mayor’s Mansion House, Swansea
Time: 10am to 12pm

For further information or to book your place, please contact us.

Befriending Training Course

PPF Befriending ServiceThe Paul Popham Fund is holding a Befriending Training Course on Wednesday, 22nd February 2017 to provide training that you will need to Befriend Kidney Patients who need advice and support, through the Paul Popham Befriending Service.

Course date: Wednesday 22nd February 2017
Venue: Paul Popham Fund, 64 Walter Road, Swansea SA1 4PT
Time: 10am to 2.30pm


• The course will provide you with the training you will need to Befriend Kidney Patients who need advice and support.
• Parking is free along St James Crescent
• Various Bus Service from Swansea City Centre, Bus Station
• Lunch is provided and hot and cold drinks throughout the course
• The Paul Popham Fund is opposite St James Crescent. The sign in front of the building says ‘Willis Jones Accountants’

For further information or to book your place, please contact us.

Fantastic night at the inaugural Fall Ball

The Paul Popham Fund, Renal Support Wales held it very first Fall Ball on Friday 14th October at the Village Hotel, the Ball was organised by the charities Fundraising Committee (Louise Platt, Becky Huntley, Nicola John, Kaye Harris-John, Jo Rees, Michael Roderick) to celebrate the end of a year filled with challenges that teams of people had taken part in for the charity throughout the year and to announce the challenges set for 2017!

Opened by the Lord and Lady Mayor who have chosen the Paul Popham Fund as one of his charities for 2016/2017 and hosted by one of the charities patron’s and local legend – Kevin Johns who enthused the attendees to part with their money and take part in challenges in 2017 ending with the musical talents of the local famous band – Joe Schmo!

It was an amazing night and a fitting end to celebrate such an amazing year for the charity with teams of wonderful people taking part in one or for some ALL of the following challenges:

  • A Xmas Jumper Ride – organised by Action Bikes a team of 60 cycled from Llandarcy to Mumbles Pier and back in their Christmas finery;
  • To 3 athletes taking part in the London Marathon – raising over £5000 for the charity;
  • To our annual Wear Wally & Run 4 Life –The theme of Wear Wally run comes from the iconic carton character ‘Where’s Wally’ – Paul Popham’s nick name was Wally, Paul played and managed a local football team called St Joseph’s whose colours were Green and White. So, at Wear Wally – we ask people to wear green and white in the theme of ‘Where’s Wally’! We supply the hats and glasses on the day! This year the event raised over £2000;
  • To a team taking part in the Swansea Half Marathon – since it’s inception in 2013 we have entered a team to run Swansea Half Marathon a beautiful run in our picturesque city, starting in the city centre and taking in Swansea Bay as you head down to Mumbles heading back to Swansea Marina before finishing back in the City. The team raised over £1000 for the charity;
  • To a team taking part in the Paris to Amsterdam Bike Ride – This was the first year the charity had entered a team to cycle in this event organised by Sarn Helen Events. Riders were recruited from Action Bikes and took on the challenge to cycle a scenic 5-day bike ride from Paris, taking in France, Belgium and Amsterdam. This was such an amazing event from the organisation, route and team spirit. A Team of 10 cycled for the charity and while the money is still coming in, will have raised over £3000 for the charity;
  • To a team taking part in the National 3 Peaks – This was the first time the charity had organised a climbing challenge which saw a team of 14 and their driver – Graham take on the challenge of climbing the three highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales in 24 hours. An amazing and tough challenge with over £2000 raised for the charity;
  • To a team from the Paul Popham Running Club taking part in the Swansea 10k – this was the first challenge the club competed in together while raising money for the charity. It was a great day and atmosphere with over £700 raised for the charity;
  • To the final event for 2016 – the Cardiff Half Marathon – This is one of the old favourites we have entered a team to Cardiff Half Marathon since 2013 and before the charity started we have been taking part in the Cardiff Half. This year a team of 14 athletes enjoyed the 13.1 mile run and achieved some great times. Over £750 was raised for the charity. A total of just over £14,000 raised for the charity from just fundraising alone which has allowed the charity to re-launch the Befriending Service in South Wakes which trains kidney patients to give advice and support to new kidney patients.

Have  a look at our Powerpoint presentation celebrating the above events and the fantastic people that participated.

Fall Ball 2016 Powerpoint

Teams from each of the above challenges came together at the Fall Ball to celebrate their fundraising efforts and raise over £4000 in one night to get 2017 off with a bang!

Have a browse of our Fall Ball 2016 picture gallery and see if you can spot yourself!

It was such a fun filled evening with the teams hearing from the charities Clinical Psychologist – Lynne Kirkham – about the Befriending Service and hearing from Shaun Thomas, Renal Youth Worker
Cardiff and Vale UHB & ABM UHB who told the teams how their efforts had allowed children to take part in an activity weekend to gain peer support and take part in out door activities they did not think they ever could have!

The charity announced their challenges for 2017 and over 50 pledged to take part in the events on the night:

  • Wear Wally and Run 4 Life April 2017
  • Mount Toubkal Morocco Climb May 2017
  • 3 Peaks 2nd June 2017
  • Swansea Half Marathon 25th June 2017
  • Paris to Swansea Cycle 2nd August 2017 to 6th August 2017
  • Great North Run 8th September to 10th September 2017
  • Cardiff Half Marathon 1st October 2017
  • and finally Base Camp Everest in 2018!

Thank you to all those who came to the Fall Ball, who took part in one or all of the challenges this year, to the companies who sponsored the events and provided auction and raffle prizes and thank you to all those already signed up for the challenges set for 2017!

If you would like further information on the charity or on any of the challenges set for 2017 then please contact us.

Fall Ball 2016 in Pictures

The Paul Popham Fund, Renal Support Wales held it very first Fall Ball on Friday 14th October 2016 at the Village Hotel to celebrate the end of a year filled with challenges that teams of people had taken part in for the charity throughout the year and to announce the challenges set for 2017!

Here is a picture gallery from the celebratory ball.

Find out more about the Fall Ball and the amazing fundraising efforts of 2016 and get inspired for our fantastic line up of events for 2017!

Inaugural Fall Ball – 14th October 2016

We are really excited to be holding our first Fall Ball in October to celebrate the end of one years challenges and looking forward to the challenges set for 2017.

This year Teams of people have run the Swansea Half Marathon, cycled 450 miles from Paris to Amsterdam, climbed the national three peaks and the final challenge for 2016 will be the Cardiff Half Marathon.

We want to bring them all together to celebrate their personal achievements and their support for the charity.

Joe Schmo

Joe Schmo

This Fall Ball has the hint of a fun, an interesting evening with two local well known celebrities and acts supporting it – Kevin John’s hosting and live music from the mighty Joe Schmo!!

The ball is being held at The Village Hotel in Swansea.

Tickets are £30 per person or £300 for a table of ten and include a delightful three course meal with champagne reception.

You can book your place for this fantastic charity ball using our online booking facility on Eventbrite or via Bank Transfer (Sort Code: 20-84-41 Account Number: 13306283).

Please note that tickets MUST be paid for in advance by 7th October 2016.

If you have any queries about our Inaugural Fall Ball then please contact us.

Cookery Night for Renal Patients

Cookery EveningEarlier this year, in the summer we were able to provide Morriston Renal Unit with 40 renal friendly recipe books for their patients.

Last night, on Tuesday 8th December, we also funded a cookery evening at Gower College Swansea with renal patients using the recipes from the provided books.

The event was headed by Shaun Thomas and Emma Cattling of Morriston Renal Unit with tutors from the college also being heavily involved with providing the ingredients through to hosting the evening.

Their tasty results can be shown in the photos below! We’re looking forward to being able to provide another evening like this for the Renal Patients in the future.

Cookery Evening 3Cookery Evening 2



Christmas Jumper Ride December 2015

Yesterday the streets of Swansea were filled with cyclists donning their favourite Christmas jumpers as they rode the 24 round mile ‘Rudolph Route’ journey from Llandarcy’s Virgin Health and Racquet Club, to Mumbles Pier and back, with a quick pit stop at Action Bikes for a cuppa and a mince pie!

An army of festive cyclists met at Llandarcy in the morning, showing that not even the rain can keep them at bay! When everyone had arrived spirits were high as everyone had a brief from Richard Smith, the owner of Sarn Helen Cycle Events, the organisers of yesterday’s fantastic event. Then before long, they were off!

Stopping first at Action Bikes to pick up some of our cyclists taking part in the shorter ‘Little Elves’ route everyone was chatting and munching away as the rain cleared for our merry band of supporters. Then all together everyone set off to Mumbles Pier, before heading back to Llandarcy for a much earned pint and plate of chips!

There was an impressive number of over fourty cyclists of all ages, dressed in all sorts of wacky and wonderful Christmas jumpers and outfits, all of whom raised £350+ for us to be able to take the children from the Children’s Kidney Centre to see Shrek The Musical in the Wales Millennium Centre.

We cannot thank Sarn Helen Cycle Events enough for organising this event and choosing us as the charity to support. Of course everyone who took part were also amazing, and we look forward to seeing you at the next event!




Free Running Spaces for Endurancelife Events


The lovely people at Endurancelife are offering 2 free running spaces for any PPF runner wanting to participate in any one of their races. They have a huge variety of races across the UK and throughout the year, ranging from a local coastal Gower race to a further afield event such as their Jurrasic Quarter.CTS WEB 08_1
For a full list of their running events, please click here for more information.


#TeamPPF conquer Cardiff Half Marathon 2015

paul popham cdiffhalf-6Sunday 4th October 2015 saw #TeamPPF take to the streets of Cardiff in the UK’s third biggest running event. With 22,000 other runners we had a great team of 17 donned in our white PPF running tops, in one of the fastest half marathons with our fastest man, Mark Govier and fastest woman, Joanne Popham coming in at 1:40:44 and 1:59:43 respectively.

The team met at the Novotel, Atlantic Warf to get ready and walk to the start line together at Cardiff Castle. Spirits were high as the team walked over together with a spring in their step, ready to conquer personal bests and enjoy themselves.

Those of us who were not running waited excitedly at the halfway point, outside the Wales Millennium Centre to paul popham cdiffhalf-23cheer on our #TeamPPF runners and we were not disappointed. Beaming smiles and excited waving took over as soon as we saw some of our runners, smashing their personal bests and just overall enjoying the moment.

Once all of our runners had completed the race, and met back up we all made our way back to Cardiff’s Novotel for refreshments in the form of a carb fuelled buffet of lasagne, jacket potatoes and salad.  As some of you may know, we at the PPF are big on thank you’s and making sure you know how appreciative we are of our supporters, so we gave out certificates and goody bags, donated by our sponsor PlutusHealth to our runners.

The day was absolutely brilliant with a huge buzz of positive energy, with our runners looking to raise £2,700+!

Paris to Amsterdam Charity Bike Ride 1st-5th August 2016

paris and amsterdam

Sarn Helen Cycle Events are launching a brand new cycling event, the inaugural Paris to Amsterdam Charity Bike Ride.

Taking place from 1st – 5th August 2016, this unique bike ride will see riders cycle over 450 miles in 5 days, whilst sampling the delights of cycling in France, Belgium and Holland.

Email Sophie on: or call 0333 2001 285 to register your interest for a place on this amazing event!

You’ll fly out to Paris on Sunday, 31st July 2016 to be met by the Sarn Helen Cycle Events team who will have your bike and luggage ready at the hotel.

Day 1 – Monday 1st August 2016 (85 miles approximately)
Our route will see us starting in the romantic French capital Paris, before heading east to the famous champagne region around Épernay for our overnight stay.

Day 2 – Tuesday, 2nd August (90 miles approximately)
We’ll then head north from the champagne country, through the rural lanes of the French Ardennes and the beautiful Ardennes Regional Nature Park towards the border with Belgium.

Day 3 – Wednesday, 3rd August (95 miles approximately)
Crossing the border into the Wallonia region of Belgium, famous for a number of different foods and drinks – such as the Liège waffle and Herve cheese – we’ll make our way through this fascinating country towards Brussels before sampling some of its world famous chocolate as a reward after another day in the saddle!

Day 4 – Thursday, 4th August (95 miles approximately)
As we head north through Flanders, well known to cyclists around the world due to the famous Tour of Flanders cycling race, we’ll pass by Antwerp, Belgium’s 2nd largest city and home to one of the biggest sea ports in the world, before crossing the border into Holland.

Day 5 – Friday, 5th August (85 miles approximately)
Our epic cycling journey will then see us take in Rotterdam, the Netherlands second largest city and home to the massive europoort and The Hague, home of the Dutch government and parliament, before arriving at our final destination Amsterdam, which is reknowned for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and cycling – with over 400km of cycle paths throughout the city. Now you can relax and celebrate!

On Saturday, 6th August, you’ll fly home and reflect on your fantastic achievement of having cycled over 450 miles through 3 different countries! Your bike and luggage will be returned to Swansea ready for you to collect.

Sarn Helen Cycle Events bike rides share a few things in common – great planning, preparation and support – with camaraderie and memories that we guarantee will live with you for years to come!

Key Information
Date: 1-5 August 2016
Registration Fee: £250
Tour costs: £750
Total Event Cost: £1,000

Self Funding with Sponsorship
Pay the tour costs (£750) yourself by Sunday, 5 June 2016 and then fundraise as much as you can for The Paul Popham Fund, Renal Support Wales, or make a personal donation. We suggest a sponsorship target of £1,500.

Just us today for what is always a life changing cycling challenge.