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Media Release
16 Jan 2007

Support Kidney Research UK by walking London’s famous bridges

London Bridges Walk – 24th June 2007

Enjoy a great day of sight-seeing and support Kidney Research UK by walking eight
 of London’s Bridges on Sunday 24th June 2007.

The London Bridges Walk starts and finishes at the newly refurbished Potters Fields 
Park on the south side of the Thames near Tower Bridge. Walkers will cross eight 
bridges between Tower Bridge and Westminster, including London and Millennium Bridges. 
Last year, over 650 people joined the procession, and for many it was their first 
introduction to the capital.

It costs £7.50 per person to take part and this price includes a goodie-filled 
backpack and a special event t-shirt. There is no minimum sponsorship required 
but walkers are encouraged to raise as much sponsorship as they can. We have 
a massive target of £100,000 this year – we need your help to reach it!  
Proceeds will be used to further the work of Kidney Research UK and help improve 
the lives of people living with kidney disease.  

Kidney Research UK is the leading national charity funding research to save 
lives from kidney disease. The research we fund focuses on improved treatment, 
and ultimately a cure, for kidney disease. The charity is also dedicated to 
patient care and educational initiatives. 

Over 3 million people in the UK will have their lives threatened by chronic 
kidney disease, so we need your help to give them a bright future.

Community Fundraising Manager, Helen Haynes, says, “The walk provides a 
wonderful opportunity for a great day out with friends and family in the world’s 
greatest city. The route offers superb views of London and the many historical 
sites along the Thames.

“2007 marks the fourth year of this event and we are looking forward to making it 
the biggest and most exciting London Bridges Walk ever. Be a part of something 
special and make a real difference by helping us fund research to save lives!”

For more information or to take part in the London Bridges Walk please call 
Kidney Research UK on 08456 121 226, email 
or visit

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If you have any queries on this event or the work of Kidney Research UK, 
please do not hesitate to contact event organiser, Helen Haynes, 
on 01342 300 811 or our press office on 01733 704 678.

Notes to Editors

1.	The National Kidney Research Fund officially changed its name to Kidney 
    Research UK on October 11th 2005.
2.	For over 40 years, it has been the UK’s leading kidney charity, funding 
    research into the prevention, treatment, and management of kidney diseases. 
    It also dedicates its work to patient care and educational initiatives.
3.	In the UK, 3 million people will have their lives threatened by 
    Chronic Kidney Disease – most of whom don’t know it.
4.	Around 34,000 people are currently being treated for renal failure, 
    a number that is rising by 8% annually
5.	The only treatments currently available for renal failure are dialysis, 
    where a patient is tied to a machine for several hours a day and several 
    days a week, or transplantation, for which there is a huge 
    shortage of available organs.

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