Welcome to Alpha-1 Awareness, a UK Charity that Supports people with AATD

AATD or Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency is a lack of the protein alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) which is produced in the liver. The main job of AAT is to protect the lungs. A deficiency can lead to life-threatening lung and/or liver disease.

The first signs and symptoms of lung disease caused by alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency usually appear between ages 20 and 50.
The symptoms are:

  • shortness of breath following mild activity
  • reduced ability to exercise
  • wheezing

About ten percent of infants with the deficiency show signs of liver damage at birth. Fifteen percent of adult Alphas also develop liver disease.

Only a small fraction of alpha-1 antitrypsin deficient patients in the United Kingdom are aware of the causes of their condition.

Our charity is run by non-paid volunteers who all are either affected by Alpha-1 or have a family member who is. We all have a connection to Alpha-1 and this isn’t our day job. We have a real passion for the charity and for supporting people who are affected, their families and friends.

This website was created so that people can learn more about Alpha-1 and how to get support.  We produce our own booklets which people can download and view digitally (click here) and even request that a set be sent to them in the post for free. We have a private Facebook Group where we help to support people in a safe environment. If you would prefer one on one support, then you can email us directly on ‘support@alpha1.uk‘ or use our Contacts Us Form. We care, we want to help those affected, their families and their friends. We are also proud to be the only UK charity that is donating money to go directly to the research of a cure.

 


 

Fund raisers

We would like to thank all those that raise funds for us, without you, we would not have a charity & we would not be able to support those affected with Alpha-1 and their families.
Please help the below people by reading their stories, if you are able, please make a donation.

Alan & Emma Wooler

Emma and Alan are very proud parents of Amber and Tyler. Tyler is PiZZ and Amber is PiMZ (just as Alan & Emma are). Alpha-1 plays a very big part in their lives and they wanted to do something to help. They visited the 2017 one to help support a fundraiser who was walking in the event and they loved what they saw.
In Alan’s own word:”We didn’t just see the event, we felt the event, the atmosphere was amazing and the staff weren’t there just for a job, they had a passion for it. We loved it so much we had to get involved so signed up to do the 2018 TrekFest as soon as they opened their website. We are walking it for all Alphas out there & have setup a team, so, if anybody wants to come join us let us know using the Contact Us page on this site.
Their team page can be found here: www.justgiving.com/teams/alphatrek

 

Milly Fretwell

Milly is joining the Alpha Team.


 

Helen Moss ~ Eastbourne Beachy Head 10K ~  27th October 2018

Emma along with some of her family have recently been diagnosed as having Alpha-1.
“After recently being diagnosed with Alpha 1 Antitrypsin, which is a genetic condition that causes lung and liver problems.
The deficiency is a lack of protein ( alpha 1 antitrypsin ) which is produced in the liver. The main job of this is to protect the lungs, the deficiency can lead to life threatening lung and/or liver disease.
I have decided to do something completely out of my comfort zone by entering the Beachy head 10k, to raise money and awareness for this charity.
Whatever you can spare will be greatly appreciated.
 


John Gareth Trainor ~ Cycling the Pyrenees (all of them!)

Bike 5 days, 750 kilometers, 33,000 ft of altitude for Alpha 1 Awareness UK because my step sisters son has Alpha 1.

My step sisters little boy has Alpha 1. I want to raise money to raise awareness, help affected families and support research to hopefully lead towards a cure.
19 of us have signed up for this epic challenge. And we are almost certain a good number will not complete it. There will be a lot of pain (physically and emotionally), so lets make it worthwhile…


 

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 Latest News

 

Arrowhead Receives Regulatory Clearance to Begin Phase 1 Study of ARO-AAT for Treatment of Alpha-1 Liver Disease

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Clinical Trial for Liver Disease Treatment Imminent After Orphan Drug Designation

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UCL’s own News article on our 25,000 donation to them

On the 20th January 2018 we went to UCL to give Professor David Lomas a cheque for £25,000 to go directly to the research of a cure for Alpha-1. You can see our original article here: http://www.alpha1.uk/portfolio/3493. You can see UCL’s news
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First John W. Walsh Translational Research Award Granted

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Our charity donates £25,000 to the research of a cure

On the 20th January 2018 Alpha-1 Awareness UK went to London to see Professor David Lomas. We were there to make a £25,000 (yes, Twenty Five Thousand pounds) donation to go to the research of a cure for Alpha-1. We were shown around his different lab
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Kamada Reports Collaboration with Hospital Consortium to Evaluate Alpha-1 Antitrypsin …

Kamada Ltd. (NASDAQ: KMDA) today announced a collaboration with the Mount Sinai Acute GvHD International Consortium (MAGIC) to conduct a proof-of-concept clinical trial assessing the safety and preliminary efficacy of Kamada’s Alpha-1-Antitrypsin (AA
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Adverum Biotechnologies Doses First Patient in the ADVANCE Phase 1/2 Clinical Trial

29th December 2018 — Company Expects to Report Preliminary Data in the Second Half of 2018 — MENLO PARK, Calif., Dec. 28, 2017 — Adverum Biotechnologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:ADVM), a clinical-stage gene therapy company targeting unmet medical needs in serio
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