Kilometres for Kidneys challenge raises £2.5K

Kilometres for Kidneys challenge raises £2.5K

Date: 17 May 2021 | By: paul

Here at the Paul Popham Fund, Renal Support Wales we’ve been overwhelmed by the support given to our latest fundraiser ‘Kilometres for Kidneys’, which has raised over £2,500 since it was introduced on World Kidney Day, March 11, 2021.

During the pandemic, we – like so many other charities– have had to adapt our methods of fundraising, due to the impact Covid has had on our usual income streams.

The Kilometres for Kidneys challenge invited participants to choose a distance and route, predetermined and measured by us, and to walk or run the equivalent of that route over a one-month period within their local area – adhering to the Covid lockdown regulations that were in place at the time.

The routes varied from ‘easy’, e.g., the average distance a premier league football player covers in a match (10.5km), to ‘very hard’, for example, the distance from St. David’s Cathedral to Chepstow Castle (215km).

We were overwhelmed that 96 people signed up to the challenge and between them covered a distance of 16,000 kilometres, raising over £2,500 in much-needed funds and, just as importantly, raising awareness of kidney disease within the community.

All money raised will go towards our aim to raise £132,000 for the Children’s Kidney Centre, based at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff.

Joanne Popham, our CEO, said:

“We were absolutely thrilled to see so many supporters get behind our new initiative ‘Kilometres for Kidneys’, walking varying distances in a month to support our largest fundraising campaign to date, the refurbishment of the Children’s Kidney Centre.

“The aim is always to raise awareness of kidney disease, our charity, and vital funds for a good cause! It was a very positive experience for all involved! We raised over £2,500 and we completed over 10,000 miles (16093.44 km's) which is a fantastic achievement.”

Geraint John, leader for the Walking for Health Group and Paul Popham Fund ambassador, said:

“It was so great to be part of the Kilometres for Kidneys challenge, with so many of those taking part offering support and encouragement along the way, and at the same time raising funds for the Paul Popham Fund. It was so enjoyable we’re all asking: when is the next challenge?”

For more information on the Paul Popham Fund visit or call 0333 2001 285.