Carole Hood, over the years Carole and her family have raised over £50,000 for kidney patients, this is her story ‘’ On Monday 3rd December 2000, our daughter in law donated a kidney to our son Robyn, it was a stressful time, especially with two young daughters. Since then we have tried to help in any way to raise funds for other families also in this dreadful situation. Over the years we had many garden parties, one had 500 visitors. At family celebrations, we have asked for donations and raffled fine art.
We do anything we can to raise money and wish the NKF every success for the future’’
Ed Gorman, this man has been raising money for the charity since 2011, he travels around the world running marathons and half marathons flying the flag for the NKF, to date Ed has raised over £13,000.
'' I have been running Marathons since 2011, and raising much needed funds for the NKF in the process. Back in 2003 my father-in-law suffered total renal failure as a result of contracting the extremely rare Goodpasture Syndrome. After 5 or 6 years’ of dialysis every other day he and my mother-in-law took part in one of the first “pooled kidney transplants” in the UK, whereby my mother-in-law donated one of her kidneys to a patient, and that patient’s partner donated one of their kidneys to my father-in-law.
All throughout my father-in-law’s dialysis, and the transplant, the NKF have offered support to our family, and it is because of this that they are my chosen charity for whom I raise money.
So far I have run nine marathons, and in October 2020, I will run my 10th, marathon in Chicago, and once again I will be raising money for the NKF!”
Bernadette Bontiff and her daughters have raised thousands of pounds for the charity; they do this by visiting pubs and clubs in the Essex area on a Friday and Saturday evening and ask for donations.
One of Bernadette’s daughters has kidney disease and is on dialysis, but this still does not stop her raising money for others.
Zoë McGuirk is very dedicated to the charity and started fundraising in 2012 by taking part in a sponsored walk in London, and from then has organised very many fundraising activities and to date has raised £13,331 for the NKF.
''I wanted to give something back on behalf of my Dad. I looked into various charities and the NKF appealed to me as they support patients and families, and their aim to improve the lives and the services they use''
Memoona Murray, started fundraising for the NKF by climbing Ben Nevis, she then went on to take on the massive challenge of scaling Kilimanjaro, has also taken part in Choctober. In 2020 she took part in the 24 Peaks Challenge; this is 24 incredible peaks in the Lake District, all over 2,400ft high with a target trekking time of just 24 hours.
Over the years Memoona has raised thousands of pounds for the charity.
''For me the NKF is a charity that truly understands how lives are changed, because it is run by kidney patients who understand the support & care required for the kidney patient community’’
Hattie Stiff, "be unapologetically yourself” is one of our latest ambassadors to join the NKF. Aged 24 based in Bath, Hattie is a positivity blogger that uses Instagram as a platform to spread awareness of kidney disease, her transplant journey, body positivity, fashion and to spread kindness to her 36.8K followers. "Kidney disease has always been a part of my life but I’ve never let it define me or stop me living life the best way I can! The NKF are an incredible charity that really understand what it's like living with kidney disease and the kind of support that kidney patients need, especially when it can feel like there isn’t much support or representation for younger people living with all types of kidney disease”.