The NKF is delighted that David Myers, chair of the Royal Free Organ Donation Committee and life-president of the Royal Free Hospital Kidney Patients' Association (RFHKPA) has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen's 2021 Birthday Honours List for services to renal patients. David has made an enormous contribution to improve the lives of kidney patients over many years.

David said: "I have been working on behalf of my fellow kidney patients for over 20 years and promoting organ donation and in particular living kidney donation for many years. I feel very grateful to be awarded this honour but it would not have happened without the incredible care and treatment I have had from the Royal Free renal team and this incredible NHS system which has given me additional years to live my life; to share that with my wife, Martha, and be able to summon up the strength to carry on with my work.

"I have always said, whatever I do for kidney patients, I can never pay back what I have received from the Royal Free.

"I feel that I will be accepting this honour on behalf of everyone who has cared for me at the Royal Free, all my colleagues at the RFHKPA and Royal Free Organ Donation Committee."

Kirit Modi, honorary president of the NKF, said: "Our congratulations go to David on being recognised nationally for his incredible work in being a most effective champion for kidney patients. David has been a great supporter of the NKF and it has been my honour to work with him on innovative projects, addressing issues facing BAME patients over a number of years. David continues to help improve the lives of kidney patients and the NKF is very proud of his achievements.

"Our best wishes to David and Martha for the future."