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.”

Paul Popham Running Club Launches Second Swansea Bay Summer 5K Series

The Paul Popham Running Club which was established in 2017 is organising  Swansea Bay’s secoond Summer 5k Series and Fun Run this year.

The races are hosted by 360 Beach & Watersports and all proceeds will be donated to the Paul Popham Fund, Renal Support Wales to help support more kidney patients to take part in the transplant games so they can build confidence and believe in themselves.

The 5K series are run on the second Thursday of each month throughout May, June and July, with the main race starting at 7pm and the children’s fun run starting at 6pm.  In addition to the races, there will be beach sides games and entertainment at 360 including the musical talents of local singer, Matt Cook who will be motivating the participants and entertaining supporters.

Joanne Popham, is the Charity Manager and founder of the Paul Popham Fund Renal Support Wales and the running club.  Commenting on the relaunch of the 5k series she says, “We first launched the 5K series in 2017 and after a successful first year for the club and 360 Beach and Watersports, we are excited for the developments for the series and fun run in 2018.

“I would particularly like to say a huge thank to you to our sponsors including Persimmon Homes, Gemeg accountancy, Active Swansea, Home from Home and Verdi’s among others. Without their support we would not be in a position to bring an event like this back to Swansea.”

The 2018 5k series and fun runs will be taking place on Thursday 10th May, Thursday 14th June and Tuesday 12th July.  For further details and to sign up, visit

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.