Support from School Boy Through Genius Hour Project

Nine year old, Liam Harris, from Ysgol Tirdeunaw, has been taking part in a ‘Genius Hour’ project at his school over the last nine weeks.

He chose to make lemonade for his project and has been trailing different varieties over the last two months to get the most popular flavour.  Yesterday, the children at Ysgol Tirdeunaw presented their projects to parents and had the opportunity to sell their innovative, business creations. 

Liam decided to use the project to raise funds for the Paul Popham Fund and donated all money raised from his lemonade stand to the charity, raising £13.95 in total. 

Well done Liam and thanks for your support!

Christmas Party For Kidney Patients in Merthyr

The Paul Popham Fund were delighted to fully fund a Christmas party for kidney patients and family members from the Merthyr dialysis unit support group.

Over 50 patients, family members and staff attended the party on Sunday 24th November in Merthyr football club.

They were treated to a three course Christmas roast, and had a live singer, quiz and raffle.

The proceeds of the raffle were donated to the Paul Popham Fund, totalling £126.60

Thank you to everyone who attended, we hope you all had a fantastic evening.


Christmas Card Competition Winners

We are delighted to announce the winners of our 2019 Christmas Card competition.  We were overwhelmed by the number of entries we have received which is reflected in the number of winning cards this year.

The cards will all be printed by Spring Design for use by the entrants and will be sold to kidney patients and their families through the local hospitals.

They can also be ordered through the Charity, costs are as follows:

  • 75p for an individual card
  • £2.50 for a pack of four
  • £3.50 for a pack of six.

Payment can be made via PayPal through the donate page on our website – click

Packs can be posted with the additional cost of £1 per pack.  Or they can be collected from our offices at 11 Tawe Business Village, Swansea Enterprise Park, Llansamlet, Swansea, SA7 9LA.

If you want further information, please email:

The winner of the adult category was Joan Gough with her festive wreath 


The winners of the children’s category were:

Tia Sterio, age 11 who entered 2 cards








Llody Sterio, age 8








Carter Evans, age 8 who also entered 2 cards








Liam  Harris, age 9








All the winners have been invited to attend our ‘Volunteers Christmas Celebration’ on 20th December where they will receive a small prize.

Paul Popham Running Club Hits the Vegas Strip

18 members of the Paul Popham Running Club took part in the las Vegas rock ‘n’ roller marathon, half marathon, 10k and 5k event last weekend..

Founder of the Running Club, Joanne Popham, always had the ambition to run the New York Marathon to celebrate her 50th birthday. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to get places in the New York Marathon which welcomes runners from all over the world, so she chose to do something a bit different – a run along the infamous Vegas Strip.

Jo will also be using this race as part of her training and build up to her first marathon in her 50th year – the 2020 London Marathon. She will be running this marathon with other members from the club who also run Vegas: Steve and Lisa Arnold and Amber Brundle.

Commenting on the Vegas run, Jo said, “I really wanted to do something momentous for my 50th birthday and the New York Marathon was top of my bucket list. As this wasn’t possible, while on a training run at the beginning of this year with one of our club leaders and coach, Steve Arnold, he suggested Vegas. I can’t quite believe it has come around so quickly and can’t thank Steve enough for organising this iconic trip for the club.

“Nineteen of us went out there – 18 runners and one supporter.  One of the team, Leigh Beasley, ran his first ever marathon; three ran the 10k (Nicola Probert, Mario Moruzzi and Abigail Hewitt): while the rest of us ran the half marathon (myself ,Steve and Lisa Arnold, Dave Bivens, Donna Ford also her first half, Anna Powell, Amber Brundle, Simone Evans, Dean and Andrea Matthews, Melissa Ferreira, Jos O’Sullivan Andrea Thomas and Kasia Luszczki. We’d also like to give a big thanks to our team supporter Stephen Rees.

“It was just fantastic to see so many come from learning to run to now participating in many half marathons and to have the opportunity to run such an iconic race – an amazing experience for us all. We ran the strip as one team – ladies in Welsh Flag Skirts and gentleman in welsh flag shorts!”

We flew to Vegas on 13th November and ran the races on19th November 2019. Any funds raised from this run will go to the Paul Popham fund.



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