NEIL Hamilton, AM for Mid & West Wales and Leader of UKIP Wales, joined fellow AM’s on World Kidney Day to show his support for a Welsh charity.

Mr Hamilton, Party Spokesman for Culture, was backing the work of the Paul Popham Fund, Renal Support Wales, during an event held at the Assembly in Cardiff.

The charity was inaugurated in March 2013 in memory of Paul Popham, who had lived over half his life as a kidney patient, despite his illness lead a positive life – raising a family of four, working shifts as a fitter and turner, managing a local football team and an active member of the Labour Party.

The Paul Popham Fund, Renal Support Wales was set-up to encourage all kidney patients in Wales and show that they too can lead a positive life. In January 2015 the Paul Popham Fund gained charity status and in July 2016 relaunched a Befriending Service to help give advice and support to Kidney Patients.

Mr Hamilton said:

“I was delighted to attend the event once again and finding out more about the charity, and how it continues to develop and grow.

“The dedication of the team involved in running the fund is admirable and we should all help to highlight and promote this deserving cause.

“The charity’s aim is to help kidney patients lead a better quality of life and the support it gives to people is amazing.

“Showcasing its work to raise awareness of chronic kidney disease, in conjunction with World Kidney Day, an annual global event, is an excellent idea and one which I fully support.”

In a letter to AM’s, Joanne Popham, Chief Executive Officer said: “Every year, countless local, national and international events are organised by kidney charities, healthcare professionals, patient groups and individuals who want to make a difference.

“This event will draw yours and the public’s attention to the importance of kidney health – what can be done to protect kidneys before disease strikes, and to assist patients who already have chronic kidney disease.”

Topics discussed during this year’s visit included the work of the charity, kidney disease, Organ Donation Week, which will take place September 2-8, World Kidney Day, and the British Transplant Games, which take place July 25-28 in Newport.

Claire Popham, Paul Popham’s daughter and one of the charity’s trustees, said she was delighted with how the visit went.

CAPTION: Neil Hamilton, AM for Mid & West Wales and Leader of UKIP Wales, and his wife, Christine with Claire Popham, showing support for the Paul Popham Fund, Renal Support Wales.

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