Manchester United legend Andy Cole has pledged £250k to kidney disease research

The 51-year-old set up his own fund with Kidney Research UK after developing kidney disease back in 2014.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 2nd August 2023

Manchester United legend Andy Cole has pledged £250,000 worth of research funding to help combat kidney disease.

It’s all part of his ongoing work with Kidney Research UK.

The former striker – who is known and loved by Manchester United fans for scoring dozens of goals, winning nine trophies, and being a part of the Red Devils’ iconic 1999 Treble-winning season – has worked in collaboration with the charity to launch the a new grant awards scheme as part of the Andy Cole Fund.

The 51-year-old – who made 195 appearances for the Reds between 1995 and 2001 – set up his own fund with Kidney Research UK after sadly developing kidney disease back in 2014, and going on to receive a lifesaving transplant from his nephew in 2017.

His experience of transplantation and subsequent challenges with mental health following his diagnosis inspired the fund’s research goals. 


This is the first set of grants to be awarded from the fund – with Andy’s generous £250,000 donation all set to go directly towards research into the condition that he has personal experience of, according to the charity.

“I set up the Andy Cole Fund to make a difference,” the footballing legend explained.


“I’m determined that we will find the best ways to support kidney patients’ mental health and improve the transplant experience.  

“Kidney disease is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to deal with. We’ve got to make it better for others and research is the answer. I’m excited to see what projects we can fund through the Andy Cole Fund Grant Awards to help change the game for kidney patients.”

Funding from the newly-established Andy Cole Fund Grant Awards will be allocated to research that will focus on transforming transplantation to improve patient experiences, particularly in relation to mental health.


Speaking on the launch of the new grants scheme, Sandra Currie – chief executive at Kidney Research UK – added:”When Andy established the Andy Cole Fund, he wanted to focus on making a difference in areas that have affected him personally, aiming to help people live longer, healthier and happier lives with kidney disease.

“It’s an absolute pleasure working with him, and it’s great to be opening the fund for applications.

“All researchers who are interested in being part of this drive to improve transplant outcomes for patients or to reduce the mental health burden of kidney disease should apply now and be part of the change.”

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Applications for the Andy Cole Fund Grants Awards are now open, and you talented researchers, scientists, clinicians, and innovators from all across the UK have until Tuesday 29 August to apply for funding.

You can find more information on the grants and how to apply here.

Featured Image – Kidney Research UK