Giving patients and families the freedom to travel
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.
- 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.