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Chairmans Charity – NATIONAL KIDNEY FEDERATION
The National Kidney Federation is a charity run by kidney patients for kidney patients. For many years they campaigned to raise awareness of organ donation which eventually led to the British Government changing the law. It is still active campaigning for better treatment and service for the 63,000 plus kidney patients suffering end stage renal failure and for the three million people identified as having kidney disease. It supports patients in many ways. The NKF runs a national helpline for kidney patients; creates and distributes medical information leaflets; supports renal professionals including research work; holds a two-day annual conference for patients to gather knowledge and exchange views and is the umbrella organisation for nearly 70 locally based Kidney Patient Associations. Their biggest goal is to prolong life expectancy for kidney patients.
NKF relies completely on sponsorship and donations to continue its vital work and I trust that, together as a Region, we can in some small way help.
Chairman Yorkshire Region
The National Kidney Federation (NKF) are proud to be the largest kidney patient charity in the UK. Run by kidney patients, for kidney patients.
The aim of the charity has two main roles:
• To provide an array of National Patient Support Services
• And to campaign for improvements to renal provision and treatment
With an estimated 3.5 million people living in the UK with kidney disease (this represents people at stages 3 to 5 CKD), the National Kidney Federation are a lifeline of support and hope to patients and families. They work tirelessly to persuade the Government, the Department of Health, NHS Blood and Transplant, and the NHS to provide better treatment and services for kidney patients.
We can’t do the work and continue to support and change kidney patients lives without you.
The NKF raises money directly from the public and is also supported in its work by the renal industries surrounding and supporting care of the disease. It exists solely because of the generosity of those sponsors and supporters; money is always tight, and much more could be done with greater sponsorship.
A few weeks ago, on a sunny afternoon, I walked into our lifeboat station, hung up my spray-soaked lifejacket, and sat on a bench for a rest.
And that’s when I thought about what you have done for volunteers like me.
An hour earlier, my pager had beeped and we launched to a 12-year-old girl swept off her feet and pulled out to sea while paddling at the beach. My focus when we were at sea was finding her, getting her aboard and then making sure that we all got back safe and sound on dry land. As we approached, I could see the look of terror in her eyes – waves were
breaking over her. But I’m proud to say that she is alive today because she followed RNLI safety advice – floating like a starfish – and because we were able to rescue her before she became too cold and exhausted to stay afloat.
It was only when the rescue was over that I reflected on what makes it all possible: your support. After we had washed and refuelled the lifeboat and hung up our kit to dry, I took a moment. A moment to look around at the station, the lifeboat, the kit, my well-trained crew mates. A moment to think about the safety advice that gave young Mabel a fighting chance. None of this could have been possible without you and the strong, kind support that you have shown. That support feels even more special in the tough and uncertain time that we all face right now. A time when it costs so much more to buy essentials.
For the RNLI, those essentials include fuel to power the lifeboats, energy to power the stations, and replacement kit to power volunteers like me to the rescue. Because, even in difficult times, we’re determined to save every one we can.
So, on World Gratitude Day, and in a week when we said a sad farewell to our Patron of 70 years, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, this is simply a thank you. People ask why on earth we drop everything to save people we’ve never met, often in tough conditions. Conditions that will worsen as winter approaches. But the truth is that it’s a privilege. A privilege made possible by caring, loyal people. Thank you for being one of those people. Even though we might never meet face to face, I want you to know that we do think about you, and about what you do for us.
Thank you for being one of the crew, and for helping to save Mabel.
With best wishes,
Barmouth Lifeboat Crew
PS. We have made a short video featuring the 999 call that led to Mabel’s rescue, and interviews with her and her family that explain more about what happened. You can watch it here.