Danni Richards

Remembering Ben Ward

Fundraising for Kidney Research UK
raised of £600 target
by 26 supporters
In memory of Ben Ward
Kidney Research UK

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We fund & deliver ground-breaking research to develop treatment and save lives.


This page has been set up in loving memory of Ben Ward, who sadly lost his fight to kidney failure and diabetes on Sunday 16th January 2022. 

Ben was an amazing guy who was loved by so many. I had the privilege of sharing 11 incredible years with him by my side as my partner in crime, constantly making me laugh and roll my eyes. Losing him has left a Ben-shaped hole in this world and broken mine, his family's, and all of his friend's hearts. 

Around 40 percent of people with diabetes could eventually develop diabetic kidney disease, which is also known as diabetic nephropathy. It is now the leading cause of kidney failure in the UK – with around 20 percent of people starting dialysis in the UK having the condition. We’re hoping these donations will raise awareness and help kidney research to provide help and fund new treatments for people who are struggling as Ben did. 

Ben developed diabetes in his teens and had always fought these awful disease with a smile on his face and approached it all with dark and sarcastic humour. As time went by, his diabetes presented extra complications such as rare Diabetic Myonecrosis, Diabetic Retinopathy whereby he lost his peripheral vision and eventually end stage kidney failure.

Through hours of dialysis, countless appointments, fluid restrictions and even the loss of his lower limbs, Ben continued to work towards the end game of a kidney & pancreas transplant and being strong enough to walk without supportive aids, but lost his fight too soon at only 37 years old, just 5 days after his birthday. 

Ben, myself and his family couldn't have thanked the renal & diabetes teams at New-cross hospital, Wolverhampton enough as they tirelessly helped Ben and me through this tough battle, they became an extended family that I will always hold close to my heart. If we can raise money for Kidney research, it may help them help others.

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Kidney Research UK

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We are the largest charity dedicated to kidney research in the UK. Kidney disease ruins and destroys lives. Treatments are gruelling, relentless. There is no cure. We say this isn't good enough. We will transform kidney health. Kidney disease ends here.

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