Paul Popham Fund

Renal Support in Wales

The Paul Popham Fund, Renal Support Wales was set-up in memory of Paul Popham who survived over half of his life as a kidney dialysis, transplant and cancer patient with an enviable positive attitude. The charities aim is to support kidney patients in Wales to lead a better quality of life as Paul had by providing support, advice and information services through it’s befriending and counselling services and supporting health boards in Wales. The charity receives no government support and relies heavily on community support. Since it’s inception in 2013 the charity has had teams of runners take part in 10k’s and half marathons for the charity supported by the charities manager, Joanne Popham. What was evident was that the runners would want advice on training and once completed their first race over 90% would never run again. As a result of this the club was set-up as a stand alone project to get everyone in Swansea to learn to run and remain running for life – ‘Learn 2 Run 4 Life’!

Surplus income from the club and a percentage of the income generated from the club’s annual 5k series and Wear Wally’s events are donated to the charity. The charity uses these funds to support patients to realise the benefit that activities and sport can improve their quality of life. With many of the clubs runners also choosing to run races and events for the charity these funds are directed to support the charities Befriending and Counselling Services.