PHILOSOPHY

DONATION GUIDANCE

The Trustees have decided that their aim is to keep administrative spending as low as possible. 
To give guidance to the volunteer CEO the Trustees set a target for administrative spending to be within 5p of every £1 raised by the Charity. 
To help achieve this target the Charity has 4 volunteer Trustees and 4 volunteer members of staff.
SUPPORT

All who make a donation or give a legacy to Beak Kidney Stones may suggest an area of research that they wish the charity to fund. Those same supporters may also suggest if they would prefer their monies to be spent on support of sufferers or research. It will be useful guide to the Trustees to have opinions from sufferers on Charity spending and research topics. Please note that the final responsibility of making all cholices and all decisions always rest with the Charities Trusties.

RECOGNITION

All donations for each of the Charities financial years are recorded in the Charities accounts alongside the name of the donor. Anonymity for the donor is also given if requested.

CORPORATE AND PUBLIC DONATIONS

The names of each donor unless otherwise requested and the amounts donated will be published each year in the annual financial returns. Each donor will be asked if they would want their donation to be spent on support for sufferers or on research and if research which area of research would they like Beat Kidney Stones to support. Annual totals of these figures will be recorded in the annual financial returns. This information will assist the Trustees when the Trustees make their decision on which areas of research to support. 

LEGACIES

The names of each legator unless otherwise requested and the amounts donated will be published each year in the annual financial returns. The trustees of each legator if not made clear in a will, will be asked if they would want that legacy to be spent on support for sufferers or on research and if research which area of research would they like Beat Kidney Stones to support. 

Annual totals of these figures will be recorded in the annual financial returns. This information will assist the Trustees when the Trustees make their decision on which areas of research to support. The Trustees of Beat Kidney Stones have decided that for legacies over £1000 the total monies will be invested to achieve an income only. These legacies will be invested in an appropriate investment for the Charity and identified by the name of the Legator and as restricted funds in the annual financial returns. This means that each legacy will be identified in every annual financial return with the name of the legator and thus be a memorial to that legator.


DONATE TO HELP THE FIGHT AGAINST KIDNEY STONES
OUR INSPIRATION 

Our inspiration for creating this charity was Margaret who passed 47 stones over 29 years.

Every kidney stone meant excruciating pain, potential bladder and kidney infections and possible kidney damage and failure. Kidney stone pain is ranked as one of the top 3 pains to endure along with a heart attack and a gall stone. Some kidney stones were so painful for Margaret to pass that losing consciousness happened regularly.

Imagine the number of x rays that were taken of Margaret to establish the cause and site of the pain? 
Imagine the numbers of anti-biotic pills that were taken by Margaret to cure infections like cystitis and to protect her kidneys?
Imagine having a full bladder, desperate to urinate but not able too because a stone is blocking the flow?  

The final indignity was that Margaret was diagnosed with terminal cancer and during her last 7 weeks here she had to pass a kidney stone - not even in her last few weeks was she spared the additional pain of passing a kidney stone.

Margaret listened to medical advice and tried to research as much as she could to try and reduce the frequency of kidney stones: she took regular exercise and drank copious amounts of water but she struggled to find the help and support she needed and that's why we wanted to create this charity - so that no one else will have to suffer like her.

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