First Transplant Café Opens Its Doors in Swansea

The first Paul Popham Fund Transplant Café took place at the Village Hotel in Swansea last week (#villagegreen).

These cafes offer an opportunity for kidney patients to meet their peers within the kidney transplant service who are going through similar experiences. Team members from the transplant service will be available to offer advice and information and there will be presentations from guest speakers including dieticians, surgeons, pharmacists and more.  Friends and family are also welcome.

During the event, one our befrienders, Geraint, talked about his experience of trekking to Everest Base Camp, and shared details of the fund’s ‘Walk for Health’ group which takes place every last Sunday of each month.

Renal Dietician Amy De Beaux also discussed post-transplant diet and handed out recipe books and resources.

Our Transplant cafes take place bi-monthly on Fridays from 11 am to 1 pm at the Village Hotel, Langdon Road, Swansea SA1 8QY. Future dates are 13th Dec 2019, 7th Feb 2020, 24 April 2020 and 19 June 2020.

To book click here Swansea Booking

WJEC Enterprise Challenge

The Paul Popham Fund has been approved by the WJEC Enterprise Community Challenge at Key Stage 4 of the Welsh Baccalaureate.

The aim of the Community Challenge is to develop learners’ skills, whilst encouraging learners to identify, develop and participate in opportunities that will benefit the community. During the Community Challenge learners will explicitly develop skills of Planning and Organisation and Personal Effectiveness and apply them in an appropriate manner.

Our challenge is for pupils in teams to develop a charity support programme that will make a difference to renal patients and their families across Wales.

Pupils will need to research and develop their own knowledge and understanding of the Paul Popham Fund. They will need to plan and organise how they will spend 10 hours across a programme of activities promoting, raising funds and supporting the work of the Fund by promoting the charity within a local school or community: organising and carrying out a fundraising activity; actively supporting the charity, all within a specific timescale.

This Challenge will enable pupils to develop as effective and responsible members of the local community. In completing the Community Challenge, participants will be able to recognise the contributions they can make towards improving the community in which they live and the benefits this will have for themselves and for others. They will need to demonstrate how they can create and manage an action plan when developing opportunities for the community and, with the use of feedback, reflect and review their personal performance in planning and carrying out the activity

Says Joanne Popham, Chair of the Paul Popham Renal Fund Wales, “As like many other charities, the Paul Popham Fund relies on public support. Without this support we would not be able to operate and help the community.

“We very much look forward to assisting the pupils in their challenge and evaluating their support programme recommendations”




Second Charity Golf Day Scores Huge Success

A charity golf day in aid of the Paul Popham Renal Support Wales was held at Clyne Golf Club earlier raising a total of £5000 through entry fees and auction prizes donated by a number of local businesses.  All the proceeds have been donated to the charity.

We’d like to offer a special thanks to Kim Loosmore who organised the event for a second year running and, with his continued support, we are looking forward to next year’s event.

Pictured are some of the golfers who supported this event including (from left to right): Dean Matthews, Chris Eley, Lloyd Pemberton, Matthew Greenaway from the Fords Bridgend Team , Dragon Engine Assembly line.


Design a Christmas Card Competition 2019

The Paul Popham Fund, Renal Support Wales is inviting kidney patients in Wales and their family member to entry the 2019 Design a Christmas Card competition.  The competition is also open staff members or their families working renal units across the region.

You do not need to be an artist. You can create your design by drawing it, painting it, taking a picture of it, designing it via a computer or a collage. Please note, only original submissions will be accepted. Post to the address below or hand it into the reception desk of your unit by the 18th October and the winner will be announced on the 25th October.

Your drawing could be on the charity’s Christmas Cards for 2019, which will be sold to our supporters to help raise funds for our Befriending Service.

The Paul Popham Fund, Renal Support Wales will print and sell the winning entries designed by patients of all ages and their family members and Renal Staff and their family members of all ages.

For further information click here or to download an entry form click here.


Launch of Transplant Cafes

The Paul Popham Fund Renal Support Wales has launched is pleased to announce the launch of transplant cafes in both Cardiff and Swansea.

These cafes offer an opportunity for kidney patients to meet their peers within the kidney transplant service who are going through similar experiences. Team members from the transplant service will be available to offer advice and information and there will be presentations from guest speakers including dieticians, surgeons, pharmacists and more.  Friends and family are also welcome.

Our Transplant Cafes will be taking place bi-monthly on Wednesdays and Fridays respectively  from 11 am to 1 pm  in Cardiff and Swansea as follows:

Cardiff: Virgin Money Cardiff Lounge, Old Library, 18/19 Trinity Street, Cardiff CF10 1BH on 18th Sept 2109, 13th Nov 2019,  15th Jan 2020, 11th March 2020,  13th May 2020 and 15th July 2020.

Swansea: Village Hotel, Langdon Road, Swansea SA1 8QY on 18th Oct 2019,  13th Dec 2019, 7th Feb 2020, 24 April 2020 and 19 June 2020.

To book click on the links below

Cardiff Booking

Swansea Booking

For further information call the Renal Psychology team on 02920 748455 or email


Business Sponsorship Opportunity

The ‘Wear Wally’ Race will be in it’s 7th year this year which will be held on Sunday 24th November 2019.  Our aim has always been to provide a fun, safe and competitive race for the whole running community of Swansea, which includes clubs and fun runners to enjoy in a family friendly social environment.

Since 2012 this event has always been a 10-mile race around the River Tawe, this year the event ihas been adapted to become a 10k race that will be part of the local and regional race calendar.

Our reach will be over 300 competitors, an additional 100 spectators and volunteers, over 100,000 contacts through our marketing campaign.

Entry fees are low to ensure financial accessibility for all – we rely on sponsorship to ensure the success and sustainability of the series.

The series is organised by a volunteer team of committed, passionate and professional committee members made up from the Paul Popham Running Club and associated charity.

The series will be hosted by Lite Ladders, Swansea Enterprise Park.

Any profits from the series will be donated to the Paul Popham Fund, Renal Support Wales to support their wellbeing project for children and their families.

We have a number of business sponsorship opportunities available.  Click here for full details

Donation to Support Befriending Service

The Paul Popham Fund, Renal Support Wales would like to thank Jamie  Bowen, a kidney transplant patient from Resolven who, through his company Chevron Traffic Management Ltd who are part of the Triton Investment group donated £3,416 to the charity to support it’s Befriending Service that provides peer to peer support to kidney patients in South Wales.

Jamie Bowen was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease in 2017, he was informed his treatment options were dialysis or a transplant, with no hope of a transplant at that time he opted for Unit based Heamo Dialysis and went on a transplant list. Jamie went from being a very active person, enjoying cycling and walking to becoming very inactive due to the treatment, having dialysis 3 times a week would make him very tired with little or no energy or time to get out and be active.

Jamie met, Geoff Crowther, from Derbyshire through twitter in 2016 who also enjoyed walking, they became good friends. When Geoff heard that Jamie had kidney failure and could see his health deteriorate he spoke to his wife about being a live donor, his wife agreed, he did some research and then spoke to Jamie. In February 2019 Jamie had a kidney transplant thanks to his good friend Geoff.

Jamie works for Chevron Traffic Management Ltd, who are part of Triton and annually Triton  operates a group-wide competition based on good corporate governance enabling the winning company  to win €15,000. Jamie, on behalf of Chevron entered and won. As a result he decided to donate kidney charities, one of which was the Paul Popham Fund.

Joanne Popham, CEO of the Paul Popham Fund said, ‘I was humbled to hear Jamie’s story and followed him on twitter regularly. In June this year he contacted me out of the blue to say his company would be donating money to the charity. Obviously I was blown away and asked to meet Jamie for a coffee. We chatted and spoke about his illness and his wonderful story. We are so thrilled to receive this kind donation which will go towards our Befriending Service and I am even more delighted that Jamie will be joining the Befriending team to support other kidney patients, Jamie is such an inspiration and will offer so much support to other kidney patients. As you can imagine raising funds is the hardest part to running a charity and in the current economic climate it is tough, donations like this go a long way to supporting our cause, we thank Jamie and his team at Chevron Traffic Management Ltd’.

Tim Cockayne, CEO of Chevron Traffic Management Limited: “Kidney disease has affected some of our employees over the years, so it’s a cause we’re happy to support.  The Befriending service offered by the Paul Popham Fund is a great way of supporting people, so they can come to terms with this life-changing disease, and we’re happy to see these funds being used to extend that service further.”

Swansea Bay Summer 5k Series and Fun Run 2019

That’s a wrap! Thank you one and all who took part, sponsored, volunteered, helped organise the 2019 series! As a result of everyone’s support we have managed to raise £2,500 for the Paul Popham Fund, Renal Support Wales to support kidney patients participate in the British Transplant Games that take place in Newport from the 25th to 28th July 2019!

We were very unsure how this year would go when the event’s base, 360 Beach & Watersports closed at the end of last year. The team at Secret Beach Bar & Restaurant who have taken over the venue put all the stops out to make sure the event went smoothly, with the new venue opening for the last event in the series. We are very much looking forward to the 2020 series!

There will be developments in the series for 2020 with more category winners, overall series winner – clear scoring system and Girl and Boy 1st, 2nd and 3rd podium finishers for the 1k and 2,5k fun runs! Until then, check out the winners of the July series and the overall winners of the 5k series.


ALL participants, volunteers from PPRC – special shout out to Lee Heighway for organising the volunteer team, Scott Powell and daughter from Tri and Enter improving our timing system this year and from this year on, Rhys Morris for providing the music and entertainment, Faclk Medical Services for providing the medical cover for the whole series as part of our own going business partnership and to the staff and owners of Secret Beach Bar & Restaurant staff. And finally thank you to all our sponsors Verdis, Gemeg, Home from Home, Freedom Leisure and The LC, J&S Products and First4Numbers without you all this event would not be possible so thank you, thank you!

SUMMARY RESULTS 14th July 2019

Junior Results


Female Results




Male Results

Overall 5K Series Winners


Fun Run






2.5k Fun Run


1k Fun Run

And a final thank you to our main sponsors


Since the inception of the Paul Popham Renal Fund Wales,  we have funded grants for various projects as follows:

  • Facilities and Equipment for Renal Units
  • Welfare for Kidney Patients
  • Holiday Grants for Kidney Patients
  • Nursery Fees for Children of Kidney Patients
  • Discretionary Grants

At a recent Trustee’s meeting it was decided to review our current grant strategy and process in order to create a new, clear grant strategy and process in line with patient’s changing needs and the charity’s aims. The Trustees have therefore decided to close all current grant projects while the review is being carried out. It is planned this will take 12 months after which time the new process and strategy will be communicated to patients through our Befriending Service.

Please keep looking at our website from July 2020 for information on the new grant process and strategy.

Supporting the Welsh Team in the 2019 British Transplant Games

For the first time in just over 20 years, the British Transplant Games is being hosted in Newport South Wales and the Paul Popham Fund is pleased to support our Welsh athletes taking part in the event.

The Transplant Games are a multi-sport event open for all kidney, liver, heart, lung, pancreas and bone marrow transplant recipients.  They are open to people of all abilities with events to suit everyone ranging from individual sports like snooker, golf and tennis to team sports including netball, 5 a side football and tag rugby.  Add to this a range of track and field events as well as swimming competitions and this year’s event is set to be event better than any other year.

The charity was delighted to support Welsh team members in both the World, European and British Transplant Games last year which saw many of our athletes achieve great successes.  This year the Welsh team is made up of 50 athletes, making this is the biggest Welsh Transplant Team ever!

Funds raised through the Swansea 2019 5k series of races which the Paul Popham Running Club has held for the third year running have been put towards the sponsorship fund for the Welsh Team in the British Transplant Games.

Lewis Evans is one of the young athletes who took part in last year’s British and European games.  In the European event, he took part in 100m, 200m, 4x100m, Discus, Shot Put and Javelin.  He won gold in 100, 200m 4x100m and Discus, Silver in Shot Put and Bronze in Javelin.

Commenting on his achievements, Lewis said, “I took part in the games to show how life with Chronic Kidney Disease doesn’t mean it’s the end and there is definitely life after transplant. My mams kidney has given me a second chance at life and I am going to take every opportunity to live life to the fullest.”