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An open letter to patients and families from the Paul Popham Fund

Dear Patient,

The Paul Popham Fund, Renal Support Wales provides support to all kidney patients and their families in Wales.

We understand that due to the ongoing pandemic, many patients and families are experiencing additional difficulty in sourcing essential items such as food and medications. As a charity, we are here to help. We have a team of volunteers who are available to assist with essential activities such as delivering essential food items, transporting items to/from hospitals & posting letters.

If you need assistance with the above tasks, or anything else, and do not have support from family, friends, neighbours or social services, please get in touch with our Careline on 0800 038 8989.

All support is assessed on an individual basis. Due to limited volunteer availability, this service is limited to the Swansea Bay University Health Board area.

We also provide various emotional support services to All Welsh kidney patients and families.

Peer Mentor Service – Our trained Peer Mentors are available to provide telephone support to all patients and family members. Peer Mentors are patients/carers with lived experience of kidney disease, and can offer information, advice and a friendly listening ear. To access this service, contact 0800 038 8989.

Counselling Service – We provide free counselling for all kidney patients and family members. Living with kidney disease can be extremely difficult and often stressful, even more so during the current pandemic. Our counsellor can provide confidential emotional support to assist with a variety of issues. To access this service, contact 0800 038 8989.

Support Groups – We provide a variety of support groups for patients undergoing all types of renal replacement treatment. Due to COVID-19 we have developed these groups online and through virtual meetings to continue to support patients and families. For details on how to join these online groups and/or to join the virtual meetings, contact 0800 038 8989.

If you need assistance with any of the above, or anything else, please contact us on 0800 038 8989 or email

Stay Safe,

From all the team at

The Paul Popham Fund: Renal Support Wales

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