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Over the last five years BKPA has funded care and service improvement projects in 70 hospitals providing over £10m in funding. Learn more about these grants and how to apply.



We help kidney patients struggling to make ends meet by providing personal grants to help pay for domestic costs and items for the home as well as costs towards travel and higher education/training.



Last year we enabled 800 individuals and families to have a much needed respite break either in the UK or abroad.



BKPA is a Gold sponsor of the British Transplant Games. We also sponsor 14 children’s and adult’s teams to enable them to take part each year.


Holiday Grants

Giving patients and families the freedom to travel

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Kidney disease can leave people feeling low, isolated and trapped at times. Many rely on benefits to get by and it’s not easy when illness stops work and has a real impact on family life.
It’s for these people that we provide holidays and short breaks to allow a well-deserved rest from the endless hospital visits and ongoing treatment.

We give grants to individuals and families towards the cost of a basic holiday in the UK or overseas. The grant can be used to cover the total cost if it is modest or it can be used as a contribution towards the final cost.


Funding for Children’s Units to plan activity holidays

Kidney disease affects 891 children in the UK and we make it our mission to support these children through their childhood and on through the transition to adult life. Many of the children’s units plan activity weeks each year, which the BKPA funds. These weeks become a highlight of the year for the children and perform a great service in encouraging peer support.

As Youth Service Manager at Nottingham Children’s Hospital says, “If anyone ever wonders what difference a single activity week can make to the quality of life of a teenager with kidney disease I can assure you it’s often a life-changing experience and without doubt our teenagers leave feeling more confident, independent and supported by their peers. Thank you BKPA for understanding this.

Read the case study to see the impact of activity weeks on young lives.


Funding Young Adult weekends

Ravenstor is an activity weekend for young adult kidney patients aged between 18 and 30.
It’s a free four day events, sponsored by BKPA and held in the beautiful surroundings of the Peak District. Activities include canoeing, archery, climbing and cycling. Much of the weekend is about the camaraderie, fun and friendships formed between young adult patients, which have a lasting impact.

To apply you will need to speak to the young adult worker at your renal unit. If you do not have one, you can contact us on 01420 541424.

Please Remember

  • Only one holiday grant may be awarded in any two year period
  • The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) covers the cost of dialysis treatment in the European Union, but for all other countries a charge will be made for dialysis and unfortunately the BKPA cannot help with this cost.
  • All holiday grants are made payable directly to the travel company, so it’s important that the address of the agent is included on all grant applications, together with the dates of the holiday and the resort. 
  • It is important to ascertain that your travel agent is able to accept a cheque from the BKPA
  • No reimbursement can be made for payments already made
  • No payment can be made more than three months in advance of your holiday and it is important that holiday insurance is taken out in case of cancellation.



  • It is essential to organise holiday insurance.
  • Make sure you plan your dialysis according to your UK schedule.


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Anyone looking for dialysis at a unit away from base in the UK can try the Dialysis Swap scheme funded by BKPA. This easy-to-use service is proving very popular for patients travelling on business, going on holiday, attending events or just visiting friends across the country.  Find out more >


You’ll need to contact your kidney unit social worker or a member of the kidney care team as all applications for grants should come to us on a grant form completed with their input. If there’s no member of staff available to help, the BKPA's Patient Support and Advocacy Officers can be contacted by calling the main BKPA telephone number 
Tel 01420 541424.


Download our Grant Application Form > 
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