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In June 2017 I will spend 2 weeks walking from one side of England to the other, across 3 national parks, 192 miles and ascending more than 9,000m in total (that’s higher than Everest!).  I’m paying all my travel, accommodation and kit costs myself so every penny of sponsorship goes to charity.

You can  sponsor me here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Fredericklea 

As you probably know my father passed away at Christmas from end stage liver disease. This is an appalling disease, the 5th largest cause of death in the U.K. and as many as 1 in 10 people will have a problem with their liver.

Most people will know of liver disease and immediately connect it with alcohol (and of course that is one cause), but in Dad’s case, like many many others, alcohol was not the cause.

Whilst a huge amount of research is done into heart disease, all too little is focussed on liver research. I was shocked by this, but was encouraged to read of potential new treatments on the horizon that, if research is funded, could help many thousands of people, even though it is too late for Dad.

The Foundation for Liver Research develops and extends research into diseases of the human liver. For over 30 years the Foundation has supported ground-breaking research programmes into liver disease under the direction of Professor Roger Williams, CBE. This work is carried out within the purpose-built Institute of Hepatology located in central London. The Institute provides laboratory space for up to 40 scientists and is affiliated to Birkbeck College, University of London.

Current areas of research include viral hepatitis, liver cancer, liver inflammation and metabolism, liver cell injury and metabonomic and proteomic studies.

For more information about work supported by the Foundation please watch their video and listen to the scientists talking about their research and how it is helping to tackle liver disease:

Research is the lifeblood of medicine and this is an area where we need action now. Please support the Foundation for Liver Research by sponsoring me – Your donation could help save people’s lives.”

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

Please help liver research and sponsor me towards my target.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Fredericklea

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