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

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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 Colvile2 months ago
    Robert Colvile

    Robert Colvile

    2 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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  • Robert Colvile3 months ago
    Robert Colvile

    Robert Colvile

    3 months ago
    Update from the Page owner

    Thank you all so, so much. We've now hit £50,000 with more than 1,000 people donating - I never imagined there would be this kind of response. I'm now going to extend the fundraising target to £100,000, and will keep plugging away over the coming months. I've also written about Andrea in this weekend's Sunday Times - you can take a look here https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/11890228-b54f-11e9-999a-fecd54b2f716

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  • Robert Colvile3 months ago
    Robert Colvile

    Robert Colvile

    3 months ago

    Um, thank you so much. I put an initial target of £25,000 on this - and we got to £10,000 within six hours. It's a huge tribute to Andrea and to how many people knew and loved her. I've now doubled the target and hope that I get to double it again in future. Every extra pound means more people helped...

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Page last updated on: 10/18/2019 16.21

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  • Helen Cameron

    Helen Cameron

    Oct 18, 2019

    Research is crucial - good luck with this cause.

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Oct 18, 2019

    £5.00

  • ava mitchell

    ava mitchell

    Oct 17, 2019

    £10.00

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    Anonymous

    Oct 17, 2019

  • Alex Saunders

    Alex Saunders

    Oct 17, 2019

    Great cause. Go Bryony! I’m running it too.

    £20.00

  • Sheila

    Sheila

    Oct 17, 2019

    Well done Robert.

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Oct 17, 2019

    Such an important cause x

    £10.00

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