Trusts and Foundations

The Kidney Fund is grateful for the support is receives from Trusts and Foundations, which is a much valued source of funding for the Charity. Funds raised support the work of The South West Thames Institute for Renal Research (SWTIRR) an independent research unit based at St. Helier hospital. To discuss funding and more information about our work please contact Gemma Dunleavy on 020 8296 3698 or by email:

Why the Kidney Fund?

We are a patient driven charity dedicated to funding research to improve the diagnosis and care of kidney disease and to finding a cure.

We are based at St Helier Hospital, which has one of the largest renal patient populations in the south east of England. We represent kidney patients across Surrey and South West London with a population of over 2 million people.

We believe in education at all levels – from raising awareness in the community about kidney disease and providing specialist medical traning to funding research.

A Collaborative Approach to Fundraising

Patients, their families, friends and medical staff are very active in raising funds for the charity. The charity has its roots in this collaborative effort when in 1998 local patient groups championed by Dr Michael Bending, a senior nephrologist at the time, raised funds for a purpose built dedicated research institute - South West Thames Institute for Renal Research.

The unit was opened by life peer Lord Rogers of Riverdale, who continues to support the charity and held a reception in the House of Lords in November 2018. Lord Rogers father was Dr William Rogers the founding kidney specialist in South West London at St Helier.

Dr Bending recently returned from retirement after a 50 year career to support St Helier kidney patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How we will Work with You

We understand the importance of meeting funding objectives and will provide regular updates about the difference your funding has made. All donations will be listed in our annual report and can be acknowledged on social media.