Cash for Kids Comes up Trumps for Kidney Disease Charity

The Wave & Swansea Sound Cash for Kids auction, which runs every December to raise funds for local charities, has come up trumps once again.

Radio presenters Claire Scott and Steve Dewitt have presented the Paul Popham Fund Renal Support Wales with a cheque for £1,000.

This donation will be used by the charity to fund a trip for paediatric renal patients and their families to watch the touring production of the musical, Matilda, at the Wales Millennium Centre this Christmas and the local Swansea production of Cinderella at the Grand Theatre.

Commenting on the generous donation, Joanne Popham from the fund said, “The Wave & Swansea Sound Cash for Kids appeal raises thousands of £’s for local charities every year and we are delighted to be a recipient this time round.  Trips to the theatre are normally few and far between for young kidney patients and I know there will be a huge number of very happy children and their families after the shows this December.”

Pictured receiving the cheque from Claire and Steve at the radio station are Hayley Evans (Charity Administrator) and Nicola Matthews (trustee) from the Paul Popham Fund.

Swansea Bay Summer 5k Series and Fun Run Results

That’ s a wrap!

What a fantastic 2nd Swansea Bay 5k Summer Series and Fun Run that was! The Paul Popham Running Club, 360 Beach & Watersports and the Paul Popham Fund, Renal Support Wales would like to thank all those who participated, sponsors, volunteered and worked the event for making the 2nd year for the Swansea bay Summer 5k Series a success!


The sun was shinning, participants smiling and volunteers cheering it could not fail to produce such a wonderful atmosphere for 2018 series and fun run. We were delighted to see children as young as 4 taking part in the 1k and 2.5k and an increase in participants from 2017 with nearly 100 children taking part over the 3 events!

After the Fun Run came the 5k race which saw entrants take part from across the waters! Over 600 participants took part to chase the title of 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the Juniors, Female and Male categories!

We are delighted to the overall series winners:

HUGE MASSIVE Thanks to all participants, volunteers from PPRC, videographer – Paul and Carol Jenning, photographer – Jo Ashburner & Zoe Marshall, 360 staff and our sponsors Persimmon Homes, Active Leisure, Verdis, Gemeg, Home from Home & Falck as well as ND John Wines providing the wine for the whole series. We reached our target of raising over £3000 for the Paul Popham Fund to support kidney patients to compete in the transplant games which takes place on Thursday 2nd August to Sunday 6th August 2018 in Birmingham – so thank you one and all.

For the full set of results check the website link here:

To view the video of the series click here:

We will look forward to seeing you all back in 2019! Look out for details towards the end of 2018! Diolch One & All!


Paul Popham Fund Inaugural Golf Day

Kim Loosemore with fund manager Joanne Popham

The inaugural Paul Popham Fund Golf Day took place on a sunny Friday in July with a great atmosphere and lots of banter between the 30 plus teams ,all competing for the annual trophy!

The Paul Popham Fund Team tried their best to earn the bragging rights for their first appearance at the tournament as did all the teams that have played every year for the last 6 years but there was only one winner!

Winning team with Kim

Kim Loosemore who organises the event every year and plays in the tournament himself, lucked out when his old suppliers, FAI, took the 1st place in the event.


Kim works hard to organise the event, bringing together local and national businesses to take part in this charity golf day. Calling on old and new friends to enjoy the day while giving back to charity. As a result, a massive £4815 was raised for the Paul Popham Fund which will go towards funding children and youths with kidney failure to enjoy an activity weekend.

Kim, the charity and all teams are looking forward to the 2019 tournament look out for the date on the website

Family Team Building Activity Day

Last Sunday we held a family team building activity day in Cardiff which was open to paediatric renal patients and their families.

The event was designed to include a range of fun activities for all participants but most importantly the opportunity to meet with people going through similar experiences in order shares their challenges.

To encourage open and honest conversation as a stepping stone to mutual support, the guests were encouraged to talk about their first-hand experiences and how they were coping and feeling.

The event was funded from monies raised by the charities Swansea Half Marathon Team who raised over £3000 for the charity.

Says Joanne Popham, Manager at Paul Popham Renal Support Wales, “This is the first family team building day we have held for paediatric renal patients which included their families.   We have learned at first hand through the charity that it’s not just the young patients who need support outside of medical care but their parents and siblings too.

“The aim of our peer group sessions was to help everyone involved in the care of young renal patients to understand how we can extend our support to the wider family by evaluating the issues, concerns and feelings of these groups.  Through this approach, we are able to develop our services to ensure that we meet the needs of everyone involved.”

Following the success of this first event, the charity is planning to hold similar events for renal patients over the coming months.


Success for Our Athletes in the European Transplant Games

Funds raised through the 5k series of races which the Paul Popham Renal Fund Wales has launched in 2018 for the second year running have helped us to sponsor young athletes in the European Transplant Games.

The Games took place at the end of June in Cagliari and we were delighted to have been able to sponsor Tracey Baker, Sam Scothern and Lewis Evans.

The Games are open for all kidney, liver, heart, lung, pancreas, bonemarrow transplant recipients and dialysis patients.  This is a multi-sport event which includes volleyball, badminton, tennis, table tennis, cycling, petanque, swimming, darts, golf, virtual triathlon, mini-marathon and athletics. Athletes are divided into age groups (18–29, 30–39, 40–49, 50–59, 60–69, 70+)

Our young athletes had huge successes in the games:  Tracey won one gold medal three bronze medals in athletics; Sam won a silver for golf; Lewis won a gold in discus, a silver in shot and a bronze in javelin; and Keiran Heycock who also took part for the Welsh kidney patients team and has supported the charity in the past, won two gold medals, two silver and one bronze in swimming.

In addition to funding patients to participate in the European Games, in August we are also supporting a total of 15 patients in the British Transplant Games in Birmingham.

Paul Popham Fund Swansea Half Marathon Team Supports Family Day Out

For the 4th year running, 15 runners from the Paul Popham Fund Renal Support team will be entering the Swansea Half Marathon to raise funds for the charity.

In addition, to the charity team, a further 20 plus runners from the Paul Popham Running Club are entering the race with many of the members also raising funds for the fund; and a team of volunteers will also be acting as marshals on the day.

All monies raised by the runners will be used to fund a family day out this July for children and youths, their parents and siblings. This is a new initiative where families can enjoy a day out together and gain support and advice from other families going through a similar journey to them. The day will be supported by the Paul Popham Befriending Team and staff within the Renal Services.

Says Joanne Popham, fund manager, “This day out go a long way in helping to improve the self-esteem and confidence in these young patients by taking part in outdoor activities and giving the chance to speak to other young people going through the same thing.”

Anyone who wants to make a donation to the fund to support this or any other event, please visit the donate us page on our website

Befriending Service Goes from Strength to Strength

Since its re-launch in May 2016, the Paul Popham Renal befriending service has gone from strength to strength.

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 or call us today on 0333 200 1285.


Swansea Bay Summer 5k Series and Fun Run May 2018

The 2nd Annual Swansea Bay Summer 5k Series & Fun Run got off to a good start with record numbers on Thursday 10th May. The first series took place in 2017 with 5k numbers totalling 340 for the whole series and 120 for the May event.

The organisers were expecting the 5k numbers to increase to 150 for the first event in May with an aim of over 400 for the whole series. However on Thursday 10th May the numbers soared to 193 in the 5k event and increased from 25 to 35 for the kids Fun Run. With the sun shining out of blues skies it was evident it was going to be a great event!

The 5k series includes 3 events the next two are on the 14th June and 12th July. For each 5k event there are trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed runners in the Junior (11 to 15 years of age), Female and Male categories and on the last event the overall winner for each category is announced. There is also a trophy for the winner of the 1k and 2.5k Fun Run for the children 10 years of age and under.

The aim of the Swansea Bay Summer 5k Series and Fun Run is to being the running community of Swansea together, clubs and fun runners, to take part in an achievable distance under race conditions. Participants can aim to improve their time over the 3 events.

During the events 360 also put on activities for the children to enjoy on the beach while their parents can take part in the 5k. There is also entertainment from Matt Cook during the evening. Come down on the 14th June and/or 12th July from 5pm for the kids fun run and 6pm for the 5k events.

HUGE Thanks to all participants, volunteers from PPRC, videographer – Paul and Carol Jenning, photographer – Jo Ashburner, 360 staff and our sponsors Persimmon Homes, Active Leisure, Verdis, Gemeg, Home from Home & Falck as well as ND John Wines providing the wine for the whole series.

We are also hoping to raise over £3000 for the Paul Popham Fund to support kidney patients to compete in the transplant games.

For the full set of results check the Paul Popham Running Club website.

You can also view a video of the 10th May event via the following link –

To view the photo’s for the 1st event visit the following link –


Junior Results

Category Position 5k Position Name Category Race Number Time Adj (m/s)
1 1 Joseph Reardon Junior 181 16:14:31 16:15
2 11 Logan Norris-Lambe Junior 47 18:43:78 18:44
3 48 Benjamin Sullivan Junior 2 22:13:80 22:14

Female Results

Category Position 5k Position Name Category Race Number Time Adj (m/s)
1 14 Hannah Munday F 155 19:05:21 19:06
2 21 Bethany Wells F 68 19:35:05 19:36
3 26 Michelle Cole F 22 19:56:31 19:57

Male Results

Category Position 5k Position Name Category Race Number Time Adj (m/s)
1 2 Steven Wilkinson M 135 17:15:64 17:16
2 3 David Jones M 55 17:23:06 17:24
3 4 Steve Williams M 37 17:26:58 17:27

2.5k Fun Run

Position Name Category Race Number Time
1 Soloman Baker 2.5k 35 12:01
2 Sam Duke Jones 2.5k 37 12:25
3 Ella Greenaway 2.5k 33 12:28

1k Fun Run

Position Name Category Race Number Time
1 Callum Jones 1k 1 03:56
2 Kaitlyn Jones 1k 26 04:12
3 Anna Sartori 1k 15 04:49

Falck UK Partner With The Paul Popham Fund

Local community engagement is at the core of Falck integrity and Falck UK feel it’s vital that we do our part to unite and raise awareness on common causes.

Our ‘People helping people’ philosophy and our approach to social responsibility is a belief we are extremely passionate about and 2018 is set to see Falck involved on a whole different level.

As a result we are extremely delighted to announce our new and exciting charity partnership with the Paul Popham Fund.

We are happy to support a programme of activity with the Paul Popham Fund and are committed to going that extra mile to support and deliver results.

Our planned programme will involve 3 crucial steps including Fund Raising, Project / Event Support, Sponsorship for Events.

At Falck we commend the truly inspiring work the Paul Popham Fund is achieving in changing the lives of renal patients by supporting the NHS through its network of dialysis wards.

As our first but certainly not the last of our charity partnerships we are extremely grateful to be given the opportunity to join them on this incredible journey. We hope to develop a long standing partnership with the Paul Popham Fund in which we pledge to contribute to ensure longevity, continued success and excitement for all those involved.

Moving forward our Swansea Regional Contact Manager Gareth Cadmore will be heading up the charity events calendar in the coming months in which all of our renal patients will be welcome to join.

“It’s very exciting to announce this partnership on behalf of Falck UK with Joanne Popham from the Paul Popham Fund. As a global company Falck place social responsibility and values in the core of the business, on meeting her team her passion is infectious and we both share a similar passion, assisting people who have to go through such a difficult treatment as dialysis. This partnership will offer support and experience, with a number of events and projects focusing locally in South Wales”- Gareth Cadmore,Regional Contract Manager

The first event, ‘The Swansea Bay Summer 5K series’, took place on 10 May with more than 194 participants.

For more details please visit the Paul Popham Fund website or take a look at the Paul Popham Fund twitter page.

A Fistful of Firsts for the Paul Popham Running Club

Our  Running Club has notched up a fistful of firsts with members of the club participating for the very first time in a number of marathons across the UK to raise funds for the Paul Popham Fund Charity.

Simone Evans completed her very first marathon in Manchester on 8th April and is the first female runner from the club to complete a marathon.  Then two weeks later, Tony Spiller completed his first London Marathon, and again was the first male from the running club to run the race.


A week later, along with other members of the club, the first Paul Popham Running Club team to enter a marathon completed the Newport race on Sunday 29th April.  Tony also ran in this event and so is the first male running club member to run in two consecutive marathons.

And the firsts don’t stop there.   Another female running club member, Hayley Lawton is running the Liverpool Marathon this May; and James Williams, Paul Popham’s 25 year-old nephew, also ran in the London Marathon taking the charity’s free place at the event.

By participating in these events, the running club members have raised more than £3,000 for the charity, with more sponsorship money still due to come in.

Says Joanne Popham, Charity Manager and founder of the Paul Popham Fund Renal Support Wales: “We are so proud of our running club members who have completed these marathons, particularly as some of them joined the club less than a year ago.  They have all been training very hard and urging each other on, which is the purpose of our running club and their fundraising efforts have been phenomenal.”