It then took 8 years to raise the £745,000 needed through charitable appeals, grant applications and many and varied fundraising efforts.
The Kidney Fund, formerly The South West Thames Kidney Fund, was formed in 1989 following a meeting called by Dr Mike Bending to address the essential need for Kidney research.
We often think of Charity As an Action. But I think of Charity as a State Of The Heart.
A group of renal patients, their friends and relatives came together at a house in Sutton and their vision was to raise sufficient funds to build a Renal Research Institute on the St Helier Hospital site.
and then in March 1998 a purpose-built two-story laboratory block was opened at the back of St Helier, under the name of The South West Thames Institute for Renal Research.
The Kidney Fund then changed its emphasis to fundraising to fund the activities of the Institute and research projects. Now, 20 years on, the Institute is still going strong and has a growing international reputation for its pioneering work in improving the detection of renal disease, ground-breaking laboratory research, and new and innovative practices in patient care.
The Kidney Funds mission is simple: to raise funds for research that will lead, step by step, to the successful treatment and eventual elimination of Kidney disease.