We would like to share this fantastic news with you, received from Lu Molina, Chair of the Kent Kidney Patients Association:

"The Kent KPA had already received a £495 grant thanks to Mark Davis of the NKF, who made us aware that we could apply for grants during the pandemic.

"Our KPA charity has now received two more grants. One is from the Ford Britain Trust for £250, and the other is for a massive £9,190 from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by the National Lottery Community Fund to fund a charity van to make our food box deliveries a lot easier and to reach more kidney patients in a day.

"We are looking at trying to get a van with multiple seating so we can transport patients to our regular support group meetings, as a lot of them do not drive, and it is difficult to arrange lifts for all who want to attend (once we start having face-to-face meetings again of course!). This will really help the older patients who do not use the internet. 

"The van will also help with delivering our KPA Christmas presents and supplies to the renal units - we will be able to do it in one day now instead of one unit per day in a little car.

"We want to keep helping as many kidney patients as we can in our area as regularly as we can, so I will keep applying for more grants and hopefully keep the project funded for the rest of this year and also 2021."

Lu added, "I just wanted you all to know what a huge difference Mark Davis, NKF Liaison Officer, has made to our local KPA since coming on-board as our NKF contact.

Mark Davis said, "This is such wonderful news to hear - it is great that a KPA has applied for, and got, three grants during the pandemic. My sincere thanks go to my colleague Pete Revell for alerting me to these grants initially."