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£80,426
raised of £100,000 target by 1749 supporters

    Weʼve raised £80,426 to Support Cutting-Edge Liver Research in Memory of Andrea Colvile

    Battersea
    Funded on Tuesday, 7th July 2020

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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 Colvile1 year ago
      Robert Colvile

      Robert Colvile

      1 year ago

      One final update - the Medical Research Foundation have today announced more than £1 million in grants to research viral and autoimmune hepatitis. I'm delighted to say that one of the four projects will be funded by the money raised in Andrea's memory. Thank you so much.

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    • Robert Colvile1 year ago
      Robert Colvile

      Robert Colvile

      1 year 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 Colvile2 years ago
      Robert Colvile

      Robert Colvile

      2 years 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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    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jul 5, 2020

      £20.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jul 5, 2020

      Just read an article you wrote and was so very moved.

      £50.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jul 5, 2020

      £20.00

    • F  Hutchinson

      F Hutchinson

      Jul 5, 2020

      £20.00

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      Jul 1, 2020

    • Irene

      Irene

      Jun 12, 2020

      How brave she was. I came across her name. I was thought to have this disease too...but was lucky. It’s so scary to think of your body actually attacking itself. Thank You for setting this up.

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Mar 9, 2020

      I’m so sorry for your loss. Andrea seemed like an amazing lady and I’m thinking of you all.

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