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We’re proud to support LUPUS UK as our 2018 Charity of the Year.

LUPUS UK is a cause which is extremely close to our Director & Co-Founder, Reece Mennie’s heart. In 2015, Reece’s mother tragically passed away from Lupus and it’s for that reason we have made LUPUS UK our charity of the year for 2018.

Lupus is an illness of the immune system, and it’s incurable. It’s likely genetic and the main sufferers of the illness are females. It can affect any part of a sufferer’s body. It’s that fact that makes it very dangerous.

It can go undetected for years as its many symptoms are often mistaken for other illnesses.

Lupus makes a sufferer’s immune system produce far too many antibodies. This army, circulating through the blood stream, causes reactions which lead to inflammation anywhere in the body.

The frightening thing is that the actual number of Lupus sufferers is probably wildly underestimated. Where diagnosis has been made, sufferers are generally treated with anti-malarials and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Immunosuppressants are deployed where the case is more severe.

So, this is lupus. It’s a nasty illness. But the fightback is underway, led in Britain by LUPUS UK.

LUPUS UK have 5,000 members and a regional group network around the UK. They arrange medical talks, publish local newsletters, set up local meetings and organise fundraising events. For health professionals, they produce a range of high quality information for patients, carers and medical professionals.

They’re also a grant-giving charity. In 2016, LUPUS UK:

  • Approved funding (£251,087) for a new Specialist Lupus Nurse to be appointed in South & East Scotland for the next five years.
  • Awarded £283,562 in grants for lupus research in various centres.
  • Have provisionally agreed to fund (£246,752) for a new Specialist Lupus Nurse to be appointed in Birmingham for five years.
  • Formed an alliance with Scleroderma & Raynaud’s UK, Vasculitis UK and the British Society for Rheumatology – RAIRDA (The Rare Autoimmune Rheumatic Diseases Alliance). This alliance will bring together clinical and patient organisations to improve the care for people living with these diseases.

Hunter Jones is delighted and honoured to support the work of LUPUS UK throughout 2018. To find out more about LUPUS UK, please visit their website, email headoffice@lupusuk.org.uk or call 01708 731 251.