Your Local Kidney Charity Run By Patients For The Direct Benefit of Patients



SAKA is a registered charity, number 506386.




With England now in a second lockdown there is lots of help available


NKF (National Kidney Federation) have the latest news and advice for kidney patients on their website.


NKF are selling social distancing lanyards and also face masks.

See News page for more details and how to order.

The NKF Helpline is there to talk to kidney patients and give advice:

0800 169 0936      email:


Sheffield Community Helpline: 0114 273 4567 for any enquiries or if you need help with shopping, medicine etc.


Sheffield Mind have a conversation and signposting service for people aged 50+ experiencing anxiety, loneliness or isolation  0114 312 2209  email:


Age UK offer food deliveries etc. SAKA has a partnership with them to assist renal patients of any age. Phone: 0114 250 2850   or email



For the latest Government guidance click here


NHS Test and Trace

As part of the government’s coordinated response to Coronavirus, NHS Test and Trace has developed the new NHS COVID-19 app.  It is now available for download to all residents of England and Wales. We strongly recommend that everyone over the age of 16 downloads and uses it.

Download the ‘NHS COVID-19’ app from the App Store or Google Play. There is more information at

The app will help you to understand and manage your personal risk and reduce the spread of Coronavirus. The more people who use it, the more effective it will be.


About SAKA



SAKA was formed in 1976 to help kidney patients and their families cope with kidney failure and to help fund research into kidney disease. 
100% of all funds raised by SAKA are for the benefit of renal patients who are cared for by the Sheffield Kidney institute. We are the ONLY local kidney charity run by patients that provides grants and support direct to patients and their families


We help renal patients directly by providing financial support for the following:
* To purchase essential items when times are hard

* To meet certain holiday treatment costs for dialysis patients

* To meet visitors’ travel costs when patients are hospitalised

* We part-fund our Sheffield Team members at the British and World Transplant Games


* We support research at the Sheffield Kidney Institute (SKI)

We also:

* Represent Patients’ views directly to the Renal Directorate Management Team


* Support the National Kidney Federation (NKF) to provide Patient Information Leaflets and  a Free Helpline




SAKA Christmas cards are now on sale. This year it is mail order only, as we cannot have our usual stall in Sorby due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

See Christmas Card page for details of how to order.

We have set up a new Facebook Group:


We are looking for patients (and family members/ carers etc) who attend the Sheffield Unit or its satellites.
We have started a small confidential group to discuss Sheffield and also share news and information based upon Sheffield. It is clear during the COVID outbreak information is different from other units and it can get confusing. We would like the input of as many people as possible so that we can get a clear picture of what is happening during this crisis.


 Click here to visit / join the Group.


Kidney Life is the magazine produced by the National Kidney federation.


To read the Winter 2020 edition of Kidney Life please click here.


To read the Autumn 2020 edition of Kidney Life, please click here.



To download the latest In Touch Newsletters click the links below


In Touch November 2020
November 2020 NKF In Touch newsletter[63[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [2.3 MB]
In Touch October 2020
NKF In Touch Newsletter October 2020[602[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [2.0 MB]
In Touch September 2020
Newsletter from NKF
September 2020 In Touch[57219].pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [9.2 MB]



SAKA is funding information and advice sessions on benefits for renal patients. These are available at the NGH Renal Unit and at Heeley Satellite Unit


See News page for more details.




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