The UK's Leading specialist Kidney Cancer charity

STATEMENT – 2 December 2015

James Whale Fund and Kidney Cancer UK merge

We are very excited to announce the merger of Kidney Cancer UK into the James Whale Fund for Kidney Cancer on December 1, 2015. This merger will, in the near future, see the name ‘Kidney Cancer UK’ live on.
We welcome you if you have clicked through from the Kidney Cancer UK website and hope you will continue to support Kidney Cancer UK and James Whale Fund in the fight against kidney cancer across the UK.
This merger came through identifying the increased overlap in the services, objectives and messages we both provide to the kidney cancer community and the improved benefits a merger would provide.
We know that by becoming one we are stronger and better placed to take the fight, head on, to kidney cancer and offer improved support to patients, carers and their families, and fund essential research that will help extend, save and improve the quality of lives of kidney cancer patients across the United Kingdom.

Thank you.
Nick Turkentine
CEO James Whale Fund & Kidney Cancer UK.


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James Whale Fund to change its name to Kidney Cancer UK

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James Whale Fund to change its name to Kidney Cancer UK

We are pleased to announce, on Kidney Cancer Awareness Day, that James Whale Fund for Kidney Cancer will be changing its name to Kidney Cancer UK on 7 February 2016. This is following the merger of Kidney Cancer UK into the Fund late 2015.

We are delighted to welcome Kidney Cancer UK’s supporters and to share this news with supporters of the Fund and are looking forward to developing the outstanding work already carried out by both charities. We will continue to provide patients, carers and families touched by kidney cancer (the eighth most common cancer in the UK) with a focused and streamlined charity under the banner of Kidney Cancer UK.

For many years, each charity has helped many thousands of patients through support, information, grants and free Patient Carelines. They have presented informative information packs, patient days, patient surveys; filmed a range of informative support videos and picked up the mantle to fight against injustices and directives detrimental to kidney cancer sufferers across the UK. This coming together of the two charities will combine the talent pool and further strengthen their voice in the fight against, and raising the awareness of, kidney cancer across the UK.

James Whale, who will be Chairman of Kidney Cancer UK, said; “It is fitting that in its tenth anniversary year the charity I started in 2006, along with Nick Turkentine (CEO) out of frustration and disappointment at the lack of support for those affected by kidney cancer, is today the leader in its field. This was following my own kidney cancer diagnosis and its subsequent removal”.

He continued; “I want to welcome Kidney Cancer UK supporters and emphasis how much we look forward to working together with them. Renaming as Kidney Cancer UK will enable the charity to go from strength-to-strength and build on the solid foundations laid individually by the James Whale Fund and Kidney Cancer UK through their brilliant and dedicated work. As we move forward together as one, we will create a stronger, more powerful voice to help, support and represent kidney cancer patients across the whole of the UK. This is everything I hoped for when I started the charity and could not be more delighted.”