Welcome to the West Riding Kidney Patients Association, an association run by patients for patients.

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We welcome your questions, comments and feedback. Feel free  to email us at WRKPA@hotmail.co.uk


Catherine Fernandez, pictured, with Christmas presents purchased by the WRKPA for the renal wards. Just one of the ways your donations help and support renal patients.


Cheshire Oaks

Sunday 19th November, once again the day dawned with blue skies and sunshine if a little nippy!

9am came and a Safeway’s mini bus arrived driven by a very cheery, friendly driver who was accompanied by his lovely wife. Twelve of us boarded the bus and off we went.

After an hour and three quarters of a very pleasant drive we arrived at a maze of amazing shops and all disappeared to batter those credit cards and wallets!

4pm came and people with parcels arrived for the journey home, arriving at St James’s at 17:45.

Good day had by all.

How many trips 1,2,3?
Email me with your ideas: Judy_pears@live.com


A message from the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences….

Chronic Illness and Disability Placement Scheme

I am writing to ask if you can help us this year with the Chronic Illness and Disability Placement Scheme as part of the teaching of medical students at the University of Leeds. Our course has worked with patent groups and individuals for several years to provide volunteers who talk to our students about their experiences of chronic illness or disability.  Each volunteer is paired with two first year medical students who will visit the volunteer in February 2018. Usually volunteers arrange to meet the student pair in their home (this should be within 60 minutes of Leeds city centre by public transport); we find meetings last about an hour. The students who visit you will be interested in talking about your own experiences. This might include:

  • How you manage with your illness or disability or that of someone you care for, 
  • What you think about this illness or disability, 
  • How things might have changed since the diagnosis, 
  • The impact the illness or disability has had on your life and of others close to you, 
  • Your experiences of medical and other support services.

All this information will be treated in confidence but if there is anything you would rather not talk about, please do not feel under any pressure to do so.

If you would like to volunteer, you can email us directly at iandpY1@leeds.ac.uk or call us on 0113 343 4179. We will confirm the names of the student pair who will visit you around the end of January 2018. The students will contact you in February to arrange a time and place to meet that is convenient for you.

We do hope you are able to help.


Magical Mystery Tour

One bright and sunny Sunday morning in August the West Riding Kidney Patients Association met at St James’s Hospital. Old friends and new greeted each other and warmly welcomed new comers.

Suddenly a coach appeared with Tetley written on the side, we all boarded and set off for Hornsea.

But what a journey as we left the M62, we travelled through the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds, chocolate box villages even a thatched roof and quaint little pubs. The sunflowers dancing in the sun, fields full of ripe wheat such wonderful views.

On arrival at Hornsea some went in search of coffee , others adventures by the sea and Judy to look for her dogs bought by her daughter and Granddaughters.

Word of warning though, should you want a peaceful lunch do not go to the same wonderful cafe as Judy if Grace her noisy rough collie dining there, such a noisy dog you are guaranteed to find a seat as people quickly eat up and go in search of peace and quiet!

Four o’clock and we all return to the bus for the wonderful journey back through the Wolds to Jimmies.

Alas you say what did I miss, well you have chance to join the WEST RIDING KIDNEY PATIENTS ASSOCIATION on their next adventure to Cheshire Oaks on Sunday 19th November, leaving St James’s at 9.00 am, returning 6.00 pm.

If you want to go on a magical journey through Cheshire patient and 1 guest FREE, just ring Judy before 9.00 pm on Thursday 9th November at 01943 511992. After that time no more bookings can be taken.

You never know Santa might be there but at the very least in a shopping mall at least you will stay dry!



The results of the latest 100 club draw are in!
The winners (drawn using a web based random number generator) are…..

Number 73 Sallie Bassham – Prize £50

Number 65 Lynda Howard – Prize £35

Number 60 Tricia Robinson – Prize £20

Thank you for your support and if you didn’t win better luck next time.


“I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who very kindly sponsored me to take part in the Great North Run 2017 in aid of the West Riding KPA. In total I raised £506.00 which just exceeded my target! I had a fantastic day and can’t wait to hopefully do it all again next year!” – Emma Boulton


Emma Boulton will be taking part in the Great North Run 2017 in aid of West Riding Kidney Patients Association. In particular the money raised will go towards funding a new and much needed relatives room for Kidney Patients, their families and carers at St James University Hospital, Leeds.

Please follow this link to visit Emma’s JustGiving page and donate to this worthy cause.


Rebecca Smith will be taking part in the Jane Tomlinson 10k in memory of her Grandad to raise funds for the West Riding Kidney Patients Association. Please take the time to read Rebecca’s message below and visit her JustGiving page.

“My name is Rebecca Smith, you won’t of heard of me however you will of my Grandad Ian Cundell. As you know he helped the kidney patients for a lot of years since my Grandma donated a kidney to Mum back in 1994.
He was a wonderful man who’s other passion was running. That is why when the opportunity arose to run the Jane Tomlinson 10k in Leeds in July I had no hesitation in running it in memory of him.
Please donate however big or small it all helps
Thank you,

Please follow this link to visit Rebecca’s JustGiving page and donate to this worthy cause


Click here to view the new Renal Transport Charter




Check out our Upcoming Events section for new events taking place in 2017!!!

“My name is Michelle Donachie and I am working on J50 as Senior Sister till August 2017 on J50 at St James’, covering maternity leave. I would just like to say on behalf of Renal services how very grateful we were for all the beautiful Christmas presents you sent for the patients. The hard work and effort, firstly raising the money, the shopping and wrapping of the presents was greatly appreciated. I worked on Christmas Day and had the pleasure of giving out the presents and it reduced some patients to tears they were so moved by your kindness. They also wished to express their thanks for your kindness.

Once again please accept our gratitude for all the work you do.
Many Thanks

Catherine Fernandez, pictured, handing over presents for those unfortunate enough to be an inpatient on J49/50 over Christmas.
Just a small part of what your fantastic donations help us to do.
On behalf of the association we hope you all have a good Christmas and prosperous new year!


The West Riding Kidney Patients Association Murder Mystery night took place on Saturday 12th November 2016 and was a huge success. Many thanks to Catherine Fernandez for organising this fantastic event. Thanks also go to The Thackray Museum for hosting the event and to the cast of It’s Murder for the brilliant entertainment and for keeping us all guessing until the last moment!

Simon Melton took park in the Micklegate Run Soap Box Challenge in aid of West Riding Kidney Patients Association. Click below to read his story:

Simon Melton Sop Box