Kirsty Williams AM welcomed representatives of the Paul Popham Fund, Renal Support Wales to the National Assembly for Wales in an event to mark World Kidney Day.
The charity was set up in memory of Paul Popham, who successfully fought renal failure for many years and benefitted from two kidney transplants. It works with units and centres that treat and specialise in renal care in Wales to purchase items that will benefit renal patients’ quality of life, and to develop initiatives that will help improve their health, well-being and welfare.
Claire Popham, Paul Popham’s daughter and one of the charity’s trustees, said she was delighted with how the visit went.
“Our annual visit to The Senedd is a very important date in our calendar,” she said. “It’s a chance for us to discuss our work and raise awareness of related issues, such as the need for more organ donors. We were delighted to have such a warm welcome on this visit, and that the AMs and MPs showed so much interest in what we had to say. There are around 10,000 people with renal disease in Wales and more at risk. It is our aim to ensure that we support all renal patients in Wales to help them enjoy a better quality of life. Visits like this can bring us closer to achieving our aim.”
Kirsty Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for Brecon and Radnorshire, said:
“World Kidney Day seeks to draw attention to the importance of healthy lifestyles in protecting people’s kidneys, the risks in developing kidney disease, and what kidney disease will mean for patients.
“I welcomed the chance to meet once again with representatives of Paul Popham Fund, Renal Support Wales, hearing about the work they’re doing to support renal patients as well as the next steps that are needed.”