This page is a diary of national events organised by The Haemochromatosis Society.

Please visit from time to time to keep up to date. Events are announced here in date order with the most imminent at the top.

Date: Wednesday 24th January 2018 4-7pm
Event: Haemochromatosis Update. Meeting for patients and health professionals
Location: Lecture Theatre 1 Academic Centre. John Radcliffe Hospital. Oxford OX3 9DU

This event is being organised by Dr John Ryan, Consultant Hepatologist, with the support of The Haemochromatosis Society. There will be a number of talks giving updates on a range of subjects including, clinical, research and patient support. The event is free but please RSVP to if you wish to attend.

More information here

Date: Friday 13 April 2018

Event: Haemochromatosis and Venesection: Sharing Best Practice
A Venesection Teams’ and Nurses Study Day
Location: Novotel Hotel and Conference Centre, Paddington, London
Time: 09:30 – 16.30

A full-day conference / study day for healthcare professionals involved in the care of haemochromatosis patients, with specific focus on the venesection process and the role of the venesection teams. May also be of interest to other healthcare professionals with an interest in the clinical care of GH patients. This will be a CPD accredited event (5 hours/points).

Details, programme and booking >>

Date: Saturday 14 April 2018

Event: The Haemochromatosis Patients’ Conference 2018 (incorporating THS AGM 2018)
Location: Novotel Hotel and Conference Centre, Paddington, London
Time: 09:00 – 17-00
Costs: Members £12 (for lunch), Non-members £32 (includes lunch)

The Genetic Haemochromatosis Patients’ Conference is our main annual patient information event, featuring a number of eminent medical speakers and several other presentations over the course of the day. The final session is also the society’s formal Annual General Meeting.

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Date: Saturday 21 July 2018

Event: GH Challenge 2018. Climb Snowdon with #TeamIronOverload
Location: Mount Snowdon, Llanberis, Wales.
Time: 09:00-18:00
Cost: Varies

The GH challenge 2018 will be a climb of Mount Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales. Going up and down in just one day, we hope to get a large team involved.  Everyone is welcome to take part as Snowdon is considered suitable for all abilities in the summer months.

There is no minimum fundraising target, just raise what you can! There are two entry options.

Option 1 (£55): THS will arrange your overnight accommodation on Friday 20 July, transport from the accommodation to Llanberis in the morning of Saturday 21 July, packed lunch for the hike, transport back to hotel after the hike, and a THS T-shirt.

Option 2 (£10): Make your own way to and from Llanberis to arrive by 08.30. THS will provide packed Lunch and T-shirt

You can sign up via Eventbrite by clicking here

More information available at

Date: Saturday 18 August – Sunday 02 September 2018

Event: GH Challenge EXTREME – End to end cycle. JOGLE.
Location: Start at  John O’Groats, finish at Land’s End
Cost: Minimum fundraising £2,000

The GH challenge EXTREME 2018 will be an End to End Cycle, from John O’ Groats to Land’s End, over the course of 14 days. The route follows National Cycle Routes, and although not the shortest route it is more scenic. The route averages just under 80 miles per day. There are no rest days but there are a number of shorter days. This will be a difficult challenge but a very enjoyable experience.

More information available at

Date : Saturday 15th September 2018 (provisional date)
Event: Edinburgh Patient Information Day
Location: Radisson Blu 80 High Street, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1TH

A patient information day featuring medical speakers, updates on the activities of The Haemochromatosis Society and an opportunity to meet and share experiences with other people affected by GH.

More information

Date: Friday 08 – Sunday 10 December 2017

Event: The Big Rusty Quiz 2017
Location: Nationwide

This weekend we invite our members and supporters to run simultaneous quiz nights across the country. We’d love to get as many quizzes running over the weekend of the 08 – 10 December as possible. Sign up to host your own Big Rusty Quiz night and the society will supply everything you need to run the quiz. Order your pack today. You will receive the question sheet, answers in a sealed envelope, answer sheets for 6 teams, picture round question sheets, picture round answer sheets, posters, invites, THS leaflets and a small trophy for the winning team. Ask for donations, run a raffle or charge teams an entry fee to raise money for THS.

Learn more by emailing Debs at

Order your pack at

Past Event: Tuesday 10 October 2017

Event: Genetic Haemochromatosis (GH) Patient Information Day
Location: Belfast, NI

A patient information day featuring medical speakers, updates on the activities of The Haemochromatosis Society and an opportunity to meet and share experiences with other people affected by GH.

More event details >>

Past Event: Monday 14 August – Friday 18 August 2017

Event: The GH Challenge 2017
Location: Hike Hadrian’s Wall, an 84 mile, 5 day fundraising, physical and personal challenge.

The GH Challenge is our flagship annual fundraising event. This year we took a group to hike the length of Hadrian’s Wall from the west coast to the east.

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Past Event: Saturday 20 May 2017

Event: THS Walking Day: Lisa & Meg’s Big Tour
Location: Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

Our Trustee Lisa Flude held the second GH walking day on “Lisa & Meg’s Big tour”, a massive 1,000 mile walking tour of the north of the UK.

Past Event: Saturday 01 April 2017

Event: The Haemochromatosis Patient Conference 2017
Location: Birmingham

The Haemochromatosis Patient Conference 2017 featured several eminent medical speakers and other presentations over the course of the day. Event report and recordings are at

Past Event: Friday 31 March 2017

Event: New Understanding of Genetic Haemochromatosis
Location: Birmingham

This was a full-day conference for medical and scientific professionals involved in the care of haemochromatosis patients, or with an interest in the scientific and medical background to haemochromatosis. This was a CPD accredited event. Details are at