About UsThis Is Our Story
The DKPA was formed over 35 years ago by patients and staff for patients with renal failure who were undergoing haemodialysis at Wordsley Hospital in the West Midlands. The charity therefore in those days was Wordsley Hospital Kidney Patients Association.
In 2006 Wordsley Hospital closed and the Renal Unit moved to Russells Hall Hospital and the charity stayed the same but the name changed to Dudley Kidney Patients Association.
As the Renal Unit expanded with different treatments available and more patients our Association grew to what it is today.
Dudley Kidney Patients Association (DKPA) has been representing Kidney Patients throughout the area covered by the Dudley Group of hospitals for over 30 years. We support people suffering from Kidney Disease or Renal Failure. We try to promote a wider knowledge of the problems of Kidney Patients amongst the public. We co -operate with local organisations and statutory bodies with a view to improving the facilities for our Kidney Patients. We raise money to support our patients with a short holiday break in our caravan holiday homes, with transport costs for dialysis away from the hospital, with educational materials for the Renal Unit to use, with grants for specific needs and attendance at National conferences.
We have a Charity shop in Kingswinford to raise funds for our Association and its objectives but it is expensive to run. All our staff are volunteers and all our items for sale are donated.
We raise funds for our patients to be informed about their treatments, local and national issues with purchase of up to date literature and with the publication of our Communicator three times a year.
We have over the years been able with grants and fundraising to buy three caravan holiday homes for our patients to use. Patients have to organise their dialysis at local hospitals or come back for treatment but the caravans allow our patients to have a break with their families to gain a little bit of ‘normality’. Most of the fund raising we do goes towards the upkeep of our holiday homes which are extremely well appreciated by our patients.
March the 9th is world kidney day so at our charity shop in kingswinford we will be holding a coffee and cake morning . The coffee and cakes will be free and there will be a few of us talking to customers and handing out leaflets about kidney health , transplantation...
Waste recycling arrangements (at home). Plastic bags, tubing and caps cannot be recycled, so these need to be placed in the household waste bin. The new type grey bin may not take all your black bags. If not, it is possible to obtain an extra large grey bin from...
Would you like to make a difference ? Do you have a little spare time on your hands ? Would you like to meet new people ? Then maybe you could become a volunteer ? We are always looking for outgoing friendly people to join our existing team to work in our shop....