Over 3 million people in the UK today are living with incurable kidney disease.

The Sheffield Kidney Institute, based at the Northern General Hospital, provides a wide range of services to those living with kidney disease across South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire. It currently sees around 1,300 patients a year who are undergoing treatment or are awaiting a kidney transplant, with around 600 of those being treated with dialysis.

The Institute has an international reputation for delivering excellent research and thanks to your support we have been able to fund ongoing innovative renal research right here in Sheffield.

One of the charity assisted research projects currently receiving both national and international interest is looking at finding a better treatment for polycystic kidney disease - the most common inherited kidney condition which causes kidney failure.

Professor Albert Ong, Head of Academic Nephrology and Academic Programme Director for Renal Medicine at the University of Sheffield, has been researching ADPKD for over 20 years and believes that this current research is showing the first signs of an effective treatment beginning to emerge. He believes that the disease may be treatable with the onset of kidney failure potentially delayed.

When you support our kidney research appeal you are helping to find better methods of prevention, treatment and even possible cures for those living with kidney disease.

By working together we can do even more to support patients with kidney disease. Please help to spread the word by following us on Facebook and Twitter and sharing our stories.