On Saturday, September 23 I will be joined by family and friends of my late brother Ian, including his wife Nicola and daughter Luci, in attempting the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, to raise money for Amyloidosis Research.
In April this year, Ian sadly passed away from this cruel disease, so to honour his memory and raise valuable funds, we are tackling this gruelling, 24-mile trek in the Yorkshire Dales.
Every little helps, so please dig deep and let’s raise as much as we can and hopefully help another family from losing a loved one to this serious, but little-known disease.
Amyloidosis is a rare disease caused by damaging build up of abnormal protein fibres, called amyloid, within the tissues and organs. Amyloidosis can affect any part of the body and lead to life threatening organ failure. It causes the death of about one person in every thousand and there are about 6,000 cases in the UK at any time.
Donations to the Amyloidosis Research Fund within the Royal Free Charity supports the research, development and patients of the UK NHS National Amyloidosis Centre (NAC) at the Royal Free Hospital. The Centre, established in 1999, is funded directly by NHS Specialised Services to provide diagnostic and management advisory services for all UK amyloidosis patients.
Gift Aid supports the Royal Free Charity's full range of vital support services for staff and patients across the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, as well as supporting research and innovation.