Northern Ireland Kidney Patient Association
Northern Ireland Kidney Patients’ Association is a charitable voluntary organisation, dedicated to the support of Northern Ireland’s kidney patients, their families and carers.
‘Northern Ireland Kidney Patients’ Association (NIKPA) provides Support and a Voice for anyone impacted by Kidney issues’ and Promotes organ donation.
We are run by dialysis patients and kidney transplanted patients, their families and friends and are entirely voluntary with all funds raised staying in Northern Ireland to benefit the Renal Patients of Northern Ireland.
The Northern Ireland Kidney Patients’ Association (NIKPA) provides SUPPORT, PROMOTION and a VOICE for kidney dialysis patients and kidney transplanted patients and their families. We are run by dialysis patients and kidney transplanted patients, their families and friends and is entirely voluntary with all funds raised staying in Northern Ireland to benefit the Renal Patients of Northern Ireland.
A special Golden Version of the NIKPA NEW LIFE BUTTERFLY BADGE complete with presentation box and thank you card are presented to the Live Kidney Donors to mark the date they gave the GIFT OF LIFE to a Loved One or a complete stranger.
NIKPA supporters can either organise or participate in Annual Events for Renal Patients and their families. Events include NIKPAs Big Day Out, Annual Children’s Christmas Pantomime outing & Christmas Donations to Dialysis Units.
At NIKPA we believe the motto “DIALYSIS TO LIVE, DO NOT LIVE TO DIALYSIS”
We believe you can still have a fulfilling life on dialysis or while waiting for a transplant
NIKPA supports the creation and development of NEW LIFE GARDEN’s. These are special gardens where Donor Families can Remember Loved ones, Transplant recipients give Thanks to their Donor and Donor Family and those waiting for a transplant can gain hope.
NIKPA supporters can either organise or participate in Annual Events for Renal Patients and their families. Events include NIKPAs Big Day Out, Annual Children’s Christmas Pantomime outing & Christmas Donations to Dialysis Units. You can also raise funds by using www.easyfundraising.org.uk or https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ when you are shopping online and selecting NIKPA as your chosen charity.
The NIKPA committee enjoyed fabulous weather on our last committee walk and were joined by some of our wonderful supporters, both the 2 legged and 4 legged variety.
We are planning another walk on 26th June @ 10am.
This is simply an opportunity to have a meet up and a chat while getting some fresh air and exercise.
We will meet at the cafe building at Divis Mountain, look out for some NIKPA T-Shirts, and plan to walk for about 4 miles, you can of course walk for as far as you want, if you don’t feel up to the full trek.
We would love to meet you – come along and say hello!
More info on the walking trail here –
The idea of developing a commemorative Organ Donation Garden originated from a Play “G.O.D. GIFT OF DONATION” written by William whilst on dialysis in 2009.
In the Play a member of a donor family, a recently transplanted patient and a patient on dialysis all accidentally meet in an imaginary New Life Garden and they all discuss and end up celebrating the merits of Organ Donation.
William, Geraldine and John wanted to make such a Garden a reality in which donor families could remember their loved ones who gave the Gift of Life: transplant recipients could give thanks to their donor and donor families and those waiting for a transplant could visit to gain strength in the knowledge that there superheroes willing to give the Gift of Life.
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