Forty years ago Mrs Elizabeth Ward OBE, the mother of a young kidney patient, founded the British Kidney Patient Association. Since then, no charity has done more to improve services, care and support for kidney patients.
On October 11th, this remarkable lady celebrated her ninetieth birthday. We would like to note our message of congratulations and thanks on this special day.
It is estimated that the British Kidney Patient Association has provided funding of around 30 million pounds in just the last ten years to hospitals and the health services in the UK, for example providing seed funding for posts such as counsellors, dieticians, young adult workers and social workers who are vital in supporting kidney patients. In 2014 the charity was funding 60 health professionals across the UK to improve access to multi-disciplinary teams.
In addition the charity makes many grants to individual patients to help them and their families cope with kidney disease and its effects.
Elizabeth Ward and the British Kidney Patient Association were behind many ground breaking initiatives including the first organ donor card and the establishment of the first holiday facilities in the UK or Europe for people on dialysis.
Paddy Tabor, CEO said 'Over the years, Elizabeth Ward has worked tirelessly for the benefit of people with kidney disease and their families. In her name, we are proud to continue this vital work.’