Team PPF whipped into Shape

The fantastic Shapes Ladies Gym held a Shapesathon in aid of our charity on Saturday 18th November.

During the two-hour exercise challenge, participants took part in various different classes.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to the organisers and to all who took part in helping us raise £425! – Definitely worth the sore muscles the day after!

A Cracking Night At Our Big Bang Fall Ball!

Well, what a fantastic night had by all at our Big Bang Fall Ball! 

We were joined by the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress and with Mark Wilkes​ hosting and entertainment from The Other Guys, it’s safe to say we all had a cracking time!

Our Annual Fall Ball is an opportunity to say a great big thank you for all the hard work and support we have been provided with through the year. Thanks to you, our ball managed to raise over £3000!

In the work we do, we’re able to have a really positive effect on the lives of renal patients here in Wales and we couldn’t do it without the support and the generous donations we are given.

Here’s another big thank you to all who support us. It was fab to be able to raise a glass of Prosecco to our charity and to you!

 

Team PPF Takes on the Cardiff Half Marathon!

Since even before the establishment of the Paul Popham Fund we’ve had a team who have taken part in the Cardiff marathon every year. This year was no different! After meeting at the Novotel Hotel on the morning of October 1st, our team took to the streets of Cardiff to join thousands of runners raising money for worthy causes.

We then met back at the hotel for a – much deserved! – post-race lunch.

If you’re looking for a challenge as well as the chance to make a big difference to a great cause then why not join us for our next race/challenge? For further information please contact us and/or visit our Events page on our website to find out about upcoming events and how you can take part.

Lights, Camera, Auction

An evening of class, glamour and entertainment! Although we can’t say we expected anything less from Kev Johns’ first charity event!

We were incredibly lucky to be chosen as a charity to be supported by this event and a fabulous event it was!

Not only did we – and we’re sure all other guests too! – have a lovely time but our charity will benefit massively by the wonderful amount raised.

A night to remember! True VIP style

On the 27th August, we had a major Throwback Thursday (Sunday!)

We journeyed back to the 90’s where the only place to be on the August Bank Holiday Sunday in Swansea was Sloanes for a champagne morning!

Our night of reinvention kicked off at the Village Hotel where we were treated to a glass of Prosecco followed by an honorary chicken in a basket meal!

The music was playing, drinks were flowing – just like the good old days!

We then headed over to SA1 and thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the bank holiday in the fine local bars!

Fun-filled Newgale Activity Weekend

Every year we send a group of very deserving children and youths on an activity weekend in Newgale and this year was no different!

Thanks to money raised from our Paris to Swansea Bike Ride and Black Tie Cruise, on 18th August we were able to send 40 young people to experience a thrilling adventure which gave them the opportunity to socialise with other patients.

The little break goes such a long way in helping to improve their self-esteem and confidence by taking part in outdoor activities, teaching them to manage their treatments and giving the chance to speak to other young people going through the same thing – something we think is crucial!

Sean Thomas, a youth worker who took part in our bike ride and organised the Newgale event said: ‘The Newgale weekend is a real highlight of the year and the difference it makes to the children is tremendous.’

There’s nothing like being able to provide a bit of happiness for those who really need it and we have you to thank for that! All of your generous donations and hard work really does make a difference!

Paris to Swansea Bike Ride

Our team of nine riders took on the epic challenge of a 340 mile bike-ride between Paris and Swansea from 2nd-6th August.

After setting off, the first day saw the team cycling around the streets of Paris taking in the scenery at the Eiffel Tower and the Arc De Triomphe, heading out of Paris through some beautiful villages ending up in Le Vaudreuil.

The real intensity of the challenge set in on the second day after the tough journey to Le Havre to get the ferry across the water to Portsmouth. On very little sleep, they set off from Portsmouth through the picturesque English countryside and villages to get to Bristol where they spent their last night enjoying a team outing before the final slog home to Swansea.

The team arrived back at the Towers Hotel before being lead by a police escort to Morgans Hotel in Swansea and were greeted with a heroes’ welcome from family and friends!

The group are no strangers to challenges. A heart operation just 8 weeks before the trip was not enough to put the brakes on for Mitchell Joseph. The cousin of Paul Popham decided to take on the challenge with very little training. He took his place in Team 1 and knocked the miles out of the park!

Kieran Heycock – who is a 21-year-old transplant patient – has also recently returned from Malaga after being awarded several silver and gold medals in the World Transplant Games.

The rest of the team, who were lead by charity manager and Paul Popham’s daughter Joanne Popham, included Hannah Crowney, Shaun Thomas, Rachel Amy, Helen Richards, Tricia East and Rob East were just 9 of over 30 cyclists who took part in the bike-ride which was organised by Sarn Helen Events.

The Paul Popham Fund team have raised just over £6500 for the charity! This amount has gone towards sending children and youths with kidney failure on an activity weekend to Newgale, giving them the opportunity to not only socialise with other patients but to improve their self-esteem and confidence by taking part in outdoor activities.

As cyclist Shaun Thomas led the Newgale trip, the Paris to Swansea adventure was particularly special for him as he was able to gain a first-hand insight into the difference this experience will make in the lives of young sufferers.

A big thanks to all who supported our team in this huge challenge!

Black tie cruise in aid of our Paris to Swansea challenge!

Our Paris to Swansea cycle team held a black-tie themed cruise on Saturday 15th July. Starting at 4pm, guests enjoyed lounge/jazz music as the elegant Copper Jack took them along the River Tawe, giving them a chance to take in the beautiful scenery while indulging in the delicious food and drink provided.

Copper Jack then docked at 6pm and our trip came to a fantastic end at Americano’s where we danced the night away.

The amount we raised will be so incredibly helpful in supporting our team in their Paris to Swansea cycle challenge!

5k Summer Series – 11th July, 13th June, 21st May

11th July 2017 marked the end of our 3-part Summer Bay 5k

The races split runners into two groups – a 5k for participants aged 11 years+ and a fun run for those aged 10 and under.

The Summer Bay 5k Series is the first of its kind for the charity but due to its success, we’re planning on making it an annual event!

If you’re interested in joining us next year, why not look into our Paul Popham Running Club? Our running  club’s events are centered around having fun in addition to raising awareness. The aim of the PPRC is to help non-runners learn to run for life.

The club helps new members learn to run from zero to 5k, 5k to 10k and eventually from 10k to a half marathon.

Our 5k races were sponsored by Gladiator and Verdi’s.

Our World Transplant Games champions!

 

We were absolutely delighted to be able to support a group of four contestants to go and compete at the World Transplant Games in Malaga on 25th June. Tracy Baker, Gareth Henderson, Kieran Heycock and Ian Hillier all did us extremely proud, winning several medals between them! Catch the interview with Tracy Baker on Swansea Bay TV on the link below:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6zrpXYRWKA