Haemochromatosis UK becomes Charity of the Year

Pictured L-R: Jonathan Gandy, Suzy Makin, David Head, Sarah Butt, Sophie Ost, Hannah Butterworth and Donna Eland.

Haemochromatosis UK has been chosen as the charity of the year for Rowlinsons Solicitors.

Jonathan Gandy, a representative from Rowlinsons, spoke about choosing Haemochromatosis UK as their Charity of the Year, and commented:

“When choosing a Charity of the Year contender we were looking for an organisation that not just staff but the community could also get behind. We researched several charities and on recommendations from staff and further research narrowed it down to a couple of candidates.

He added, “Given how the condition has affected our staff this is a very personal matter for us and as such we feel it is a cause that will gain traction in the local area. It is concerning how little the general public actually know about the condition. Raising awareness is key and we feel that a partnership with yourselves can make a great deal of impact in the community.”

Representatives from Rowlinsons further stated, “We look forward to working with you, through our presence at your own events and your assistance in our own events throughout 2019.”

Nicola, a GH patient and Conveyancing Executive at Rowlinsons stated, “For me it is about awareness, as it took several visits to the doctors for me to be diagnosed with the condition. Initially the doctor had only done a generic test and he didn’t think I had Hemochromatosis as my liver function test was fine. It was only a chance conversation with another colleague that led to the diagnosis, as so few people know about the condition.”

David Head, Chief Executive of HUK said, “when we heard that two staff members at Rowlinsons both have GH, it just re-iterated how common the condition is, yet just how little is known about it. We are pleased to have been chosen as the charity of the year for Rowlinsons, and are looking forward to working with them to raise awareness of genetic haemochromatosis.”

He added, “I’m sure we can have some fun along the way as I know there are some great events planned by the Rowlinsons team, including a hike up Snowdon, plenty of cake sales and a 5-a-side football tournament.”


Notes

Haemochromatosis/GH: a genetic disorder causing the body to absorb excessive iron from the diet. Characterised by joint pain and disease, chronic fatigue and weakness, cognitive and psychological difficulties, sexual health issues, skin problems, abnormal liver function, diabetes, and cardiomyopathy. Iron overload can be fatal. It is usually easily treated if diagnosed early.

If you believe you have haemochromatosis or any other condition, please talk to your GP.