We thank the inspirational Harry Weir for raising funds

Here at the Paul Popham Fund, we’d like to thank Harry Weir, an inspirational 8-year boy who has virtually walked up Pen Y Fan, on his birthday, to raise funds for kidney care and celebrate being 18 months post-transplant.

He had set himself a fundraising target of £500, but, so far, has managed to raise an amazing £1230.00!

Harry was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease at 3 years old. Unfortunately, there is no cure and with only 3 types of medication to treat the disease, and one round of chemotherapy, sadly, Harry’s kidneys failed when he was 5.

Harry then started PD dialysis at home, 10 hours every night for almost 2 years. Harry suffered many side effects from kidney failure and dialysis such as high blood pressure, headaches, vomiting, itching, cramps, lack of appetite, and seizures. Harry was on the waiting list for a deceased donor for a year, while a live donor was investigated, but unfortunately, the call did not come. However, in March 2019, a match was found via the living kidney sharing scheme – Harry’s dad donated one of his for Harry to receive. We are pleased to say that both are doing very well since transplant. Harry’s quality of life has significantly improved and is now enjoying the things that all children do.

So, as you can see, Harry has climbed many mountains already in his young life.

Harry’s mum, Karen, explains:

“The plan this year was to ask Harry’s family and friends to join him in walking a mountain – Pen Y Fan. However, as Covid-19 has got in the way, we thought it would be great to still celebrate Harry’s birthday and transplant, virtually.

“Harry has been a patient at the Children’s Kidney Centre at UHW Cardiff since he was 2 years old. The team are amazing, and we are so fortunate to have the NHS. We will always be grateful and thankful for all that they do. However, the Centre is part of the old hospital building and is in need of refurbishment. The only way to test kidney function is by a blood test, and so children have no option but to go to the hospital regularly. For some, this can be traumatic, especially for families. New surroundings and updated resources would really help the experience.”

The Paul Popham Fund is leading a project to update resources and improve the surroundings, to further support families at the centre. Their refurbishment campaign has a goal to raise £132,000, with £4,000 already raised.

Please get in touch to help us raise funds at enquiries@paulpophamfund.co.uk

To read more about Harry’s amazing fundraising feat, and donate, go to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/karen-weir3

Unfortunately, over the past few months, we’ve encountered many disruptions to our regular monthly Walk for Health group due to COVID-19. To ensure the safety of all walkers and walk leaders, we have postponed our organised walks until further notice.

However, on Sunday 11th October, we launched our new Virtual Walking Group Challenge.
This ‘socially-distanced’, ‘local-lockdown friendly’ walking group ensures that walkers can continue to benefit from regular walking, whilst keeping safe and adhering to the current guidelines.

Group details – Walkers can participate individually or in household groups, to contribute to a group goal.
As a group, we will ‘virtually’ climb various peaks throughout Wales and the U.K.
Each virtual walker will be sent a PPF ‘Wally’ hat, and will earn a badge for every group goal achieved.
Entry fee will be £5 per person, which will cover the costs of the hats and badges.

How it would work – Each time a group member completes a walk, send your Walk Leader an update of the distance covered (kms or miles), or duration that you’ve walked for (minutes or hours).
Your contribution to the group climb goal will be calculated using the following ratio –
20 mins will be equal to 1 mile walked, (e.g. 40 mins = 2 miles etc).
For each mile (or 1.6km) the group cover, it will add 2 meters of elevation.
E.g. if the group walk 6 miles in a week, the total elevation gained would be 12 meters.
Walkers contributions will be added anonymously to a database to keep track of the group progress.
However, this will not be for competition purposes – whatever distance you walk (or climb), your contribution to this group effort will be treated equally.

We will begin with the below-named 10 “peaks”, however, eventually we could summit Ben Nevis, or even Everest!

  • Tonna RFC – 60m
  • Glynneath Golf Club – 140m
  • Cefn Morfydd (Above Tonna) – 300m
  • Craig y Llyn – (Rhigos Mountain) – 600m
  • Slieve Donard (Northern Ireland’s highest peak) – 850m
  • Pen y Fan – 886m
  • Cadair Idris – 893m
  • Scafell Pike – 978m
  • Snowden – 1,085m
  • Ben Nevis – 1,345m

Entry fees can be paid via Local Giving, PayPal or bank transfer.
Please remember to add your name to the payment to enable us to link the payment to your entry.

We hope that these arrangements will enable the group to continue walking, whilst ensuring that every group member is kept safe.

If you’d like any further information, please contact your Walk Leader on 07774 619473, call the Paul Popham Fund on 0800 038 8989 or email support@paulpophamfund.co.uk

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