Relapsing Polychondritis UK

(Registered Charity Number 1170936 )

Relapsing polychondritis is thought to be an autoimmune disease. The body’s immune system attacks its own cartilage and organs containing tissue similar to cartilage. Joints may become painful, swollen and stiff. The outer ear may become red, painful and deformed. Inflammation of the inner ear may result in nausea, hearing difficulties and loss of balance. The eyes may be affected and vision may be impaired. Airways may become inflamed and/or collapse leading to coughing and/or breathing difficulties. The heart, blood vessels, liver and kidneys may be affected. Some patients develop skin rashes and/or nerve pain. Fortunately, relapsing polychondritis is a rare disease. It is difficult to diagnose, but it can be life-threatening and is not well understood. Relapsing Polychondritis UK aims to provide a platform and resources to encourage collaboration between patients, healthcare professionals, researchers and other stakeholders affected by to wanting to work to work with any aspect of relapsing polychondritis.

Please contact us if you are able to help Relapsing Polychondritis UK

Alzheimer’s Society

Alzheimer’s Society is the leading UK care and research charity for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, their families and carers. To find out more about fundraising for the Society log on to

Click on the following link to support Alzheimer’s Society


Motor Neurone Disease Association

Sharon’s Charity: Motor Neurone Disease Assocition.
In recent months, a very dear friend of mine (H) has been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND). Like most people I had heard about MND but did not truly appreciate how devastating the effects of MND can be and how quickly the disease can progress. In a matter of months H faced the daily challenges of fatigue, the inability to speak, difficulty with swallowing and eating, knowing that currently there is no cure for MND.
Despite the life changing effects on herself (and her family) H always has a smile on her face and is full of hope that one day there will be a cure. H continues to live life to the full which includes campaigning hard with the rest of her family to raise money for the MND Association.
I have been humbled and inspired by H and her family, they continue to support others and each other through their campaigning and I would like to use this challenge as an opportunity to support them and other families affected by MND to raise further awareness and funds for the MND Association.