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Weʼre raising £100,000 to Support Cutting-Edge Liver Research in Memory of Andrea Colvile

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UPDATE: WE HAVE NOW PARTNERED WITH THE MEDICAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION TO SET UP A DEDICATED FUND FOR AUTOIMMUNE HEPATITIS RESEARCH. PLEASE USE THIS NEW JUSTGIVING PAGE SO THE MONEY GOES DIRECT TO THEM - AND SO THEY CAN CLAIM GIFT AID.

On July 7, my wife Andrea lost a six-month battle with auto-immune disease. Despite amazing care first from Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, and then from the specialists at King's College Hospital, the damage to her liver was too severe for her to survive until a transplant.

Andrea was a brilliant friend, an amazing photographer, a beloved family member and a devoted mother. She enriched not just my life, but the lives of all those who knew her. And in the face of an awful disease, she showed enormous courage and resilience.

The doctors treating her did everything they could. But the truth is that auto-immune disease - especially of the liver - is still not well enough understood. We know it mostly affects women, often after giving birth. But we don't know exactly what triggers it or who is most vulnerable - and treatment, while much more effective than it used to be, still lags behind better-known, better-understood and better-funded diseases.

We want to raise money in Andrea's memory to fund research into this disease - so that other mothers, and other families, don't have to go through what we have. Our current aim is to fund an annual prize in her name, to incentivise researchers to study this relatively neglected condition, which affects thousands of people every year - the more we raise, the more we can give and the longer we can keep it running. We cannot ask for Gift Aid as we have not yet chosen a specific charity, but whatever happens every penny you give will go towards vitally needed research.

Whether you knew Andrea personally, or liked her work on Instagram, or have been inspired by her story, or know others who have gone through similar problems, or just want to help, we'd be grateful for any support you can give.

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  • Robert Colvile14 days ago
    Robert Colvile

    Robert Colvile

    14 days ago

    Thank you all so, so much for your support. With private donations, we've now reached more than £100,000 - an unbelievable sum. I'm delighted to announce that we've joined forces with the Medical Research Foundation, which funds research on neglected diseases/conditions, to set up a dedicated fund for autoimmune hepatitis in Andrea's memory. If you'd like to donate, I've set up a new JustGiving page so the money goes directly to them - and they can claim Gift Aid. You'll find it here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/andrea-colvile

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  • Robert Colvile1 month ago
    Robert Colvile

    Robert Colvile

    1 month ago

    Thank you all so much for your enormous generosity. I hope to have some news very soon about what we're doing. In the meantime, if you're involved in autoimmune liver research, or know anyone who is, then please consider applying for these grants to study either autoimmune or viral hepatitis - the deadline is on Nov 11... https://www.medicalresearchfoundation.org.uk/grants/viral-hepatitis-funding-opportunity-for-mid-career-researchers-1

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  • Robert Colvile4 months ago
    Robert Colvile

    Robert Colvile

    4 months ago

    Thank you all so much for your support for Andrea. I did an interview with Emma Barnett, a former colleague at the Telegraph, about what had happened - it starts at 36 mins 20 secs. Warning: some tears https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0007j94

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Page last updated on: 12/6/2019 14.51

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  • Anonymous

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    Dec 6, 2019

    £20.00

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    Dec 5, 2019

    £40.00

  • Harry

    Harry

    Dec 5, 2019

    Saw your story on Twitter. Deeply moving, and not a cause I knew about before. I wish you all success in promoting and raising funds in Andrea's memory.

  • ANNETTE LEROUX

    ANNETTE LEROUX

    Dec 3, 2019

    So sorry for your loss and thank you for starting this worthy crowdfunding.

    £100.00

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