'With your help, we can raise enough money to complete the purchase of a new Respite Centre in Killarney - giving our patients and their families a place to take a much needed break from the day-to-day challenges and stress from coping with kidney disease.'

The Irish Kidney Association provides support to people suffering with kidney failure as well as their families while promoting organ donor awareness in Ireland. Kidney patients can range from infants to older people who are undergoing various methods of treatment from dialyses to kidney transplantation procedure.

According to last year's figures, only 30 out of 1800 people treated for kidney failure were able to avail of a holiday or short break. In Kerry, our dialysis patients spend a lot of time either at home, at the dialysis unit in Kerry University Hospital or commuting between the two.

Help us make it possible to purchase a new Respite Centre in Killarney providing:

  • Patients recovering from transplant procedures with a place where they can recuperate in a supportive and caring environment.
  • Patients and their families based in Kerry with a place to stay and take a break from the stressful challenges of living with kidney disease.

Inspirational Stories

“As someone who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Chronic Kidney Disease in 2011, commenced haemodialysis in 2013 when both kidneys failed and received a kidney transplant in 2015, I can honestly say that the Kerry Branch of the Irish Kidney Association have been a huge support to me and my family. They were there to offer advice and to answer any questions I had during what was a scary period.

I know that the current project, to purchase a Respite Centre in Killarney, with the help of the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle, will be of huge benefit to patients from all over Kerry. Haemodialysis requires Kerry patients to attend Hospital in Tralee practically every second day, for up to four hours each visit, thus very much restricting their opportunity to travel or even take a short break. The centre in Killarney will afford patients a ‘change of scenery’ while still being close to the Dialysis Unit in KUH.”

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