The Paul Popham Fund Renal Support Wales has received a three-year grant from The National Lottery. The grant has been allocated to develop the fund’s Befriending and Counselling Services across South, East and parts of Mid Wales.
Since the Paul Popham Fund re-launched the kidney patient befriending service in May 2016, the project has gone from strength to strength. Initially, the fund had 4 befrienders who at that time supported 10 patients; today there are 15 befrienders who have supported over 200 patients.
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. 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.
Says Joanne Popham, CEO of the Paul Popham Fund Renal Support Wales, “We are delighted to be receiving a grant from The National Lottery Medium Grant to help us develop our Befriending and Counselling Service across key areas in Wales. This grant will give us the time, funds and resources to be able to deliver much needed support services to kidney patients. Diolch!”