For more than 45 years, the NKF has been a dedicated advocate for renal patients. What sets us apart is our unique status as the only national charity entirely run by kidney patients for kidney patients.

Our commitment to the kidney community is further demonstrated by operating the sole UK Helpline exclusively dedicated to patients and their families facing kidney conditions.

Life is not easy for kidney patients or for those who care for kidney patients. The NKF supports patients and carers practically, offering help and guidance. We also campaign tirelessly for improvements in renal healthcare provision throughout the United Kingdom. 

These are just some of the many comments we received after people have used the services of the NKF...

Thank you so much for getting back to me. I really appreciate you explaining this and sending me the information, it has reduced my anxiety about having CKD 2. 

Thank you for being there with your helpline for my husband. He was desperate to talk to someone who understood what he was going through and your advisor gave him time and encouragement. Thanks!

I just want to thank Linda for her calm, reassuring advice when I called the helpline. NKF provides a valuable service and deserves long-term support.

Please support us so that we can support them!

  • £5 Donation – Enables us to support the estimated 3.5 million kidney patients in the UK (stages 3 to 5) and their families to have free guidance and emotional support with our experienced helpline advisers. In the last 12 months, the NKF Helpline has connected with over 5,000 patients, families, carers, and healthcare professionals. 

  • £10 Donation – Enables us to support patients and carers through our free to use National Home Dialysis Peer Support Service. The service supports patients to make informed decisions regarding lifesaving dialysis treatment. Our 23 peer supporters have assisted 114 patients to enable them to make informed decisions regarding their dialysis choices. For more information about our service visit:

  • £25 Donation – Enables us to provide information leaflets to patients and families. Patient education is of paramount importance for individuals dealing with kidney-related issues, the NKF Helpline has over 200 informative leaflets to choose from. In the last 18 months, we have distributed over 50,000 information leaflets and packs free of charge to patients and renal units across the UK.

  • £50 Donation – Enables us to campaign and lobby for improved treatment and healthcare provisions with the NHS and Government. Including pushing for policy changes, securing increased funding, and ensure better access to medical services. Without your support, we can’t campaign for the things that matter.

 Did you know? Gift Aid adds 25% to your donation at no additional cost

If you are a UK taxpayer, you can make your donation worth 25% more with Gift Aid. For every £1 you give to us, we receive an extra 25p from HM Revenue and Customs.