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.

 

News

We have a separate site at www.alpha1.news which reports on all Alpha-1 related news from around the world.  If you would like to learn what is happening with Treatments, Research, Alpha-1 Mentions in the press, Other World group’s news and our own charity news, then you need to take a look at our news website.


Alpha-1 in the time of COVID-19

We understand that this is a very concerning time for Alpha’s, and we’re here to provide you as much information and support as we have within a rapidly changing context. To find out more about coronavirus and Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, please visit our page here. We strive to update this page as often as we can, given evolving developments and advice, so please check back frequently.

“MERS Coronavirus Particles” by National Institutes of Health (NIH) is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 

18th May 2020 – If you are a parent, you are probably concerned over the recent announcement from the government about re-opening the schools.  Should your child go back now?  Sadly nobody is able to give you a Yes or No answer.  You may find a small article we have titled “A Personal View of a Teacher and Mum about reopening of schools and Alpha” which was written by one of our Trustees useful.


Our charity to host it’s next Information Day and AGM

We will be holding our next AGM on Saturday 26th September at the Holiday Inn Birmingham M6, Jct. 7.
Please click on the below to let us know if you are happy with the officers that run the charity.  Do you have any questions for us?  Would you like to join us at our meeting?   Please spare just 20 seconds of your time to answer 6 yes/no questions.

On the 27th September we will be hosting our Info Day.  This is a great event to meet and chat with other Alphas from all over the UK and to hear talks from professionals about Alpha-1 and other related items.  After all of the talks have been given, we will break out onto separate tables so that everybody gets a chance to chat to our professional speakers.  Many people with Alpha-1 will not get the chance to speak to a specialist net alone over a coffee in a relaxed environment.

If you would like to join us, please click on the images below to be taken to our booking forms.


 


Fundraising

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.

If you are wanting to help raise funds for our charity, please let us know by using our Contact Us form.

 

We have 2 exciting events coming this year for those who like the outdoors.  Please take a look at them and if you are interested in a free ticket, let us know.

ASICS London 10k (British 10K Run)

The British 10K is well known as one of the world’s greatest road race route. Passing through the heart of London you’ll see many of the capital’s most iconic landmarks.

Details

Date: Sunday 5th July 2020 Sadly the event has been postponed.  If you are interested in the race, please let us know now so that we can notify you as soon as we have been told the new date.

Location: London

Event Category: Run

Distance: 10K (6.22 miles)

Cost for a ticket: Free

Minimum Fundraising Pledge: £200

Amount of tickets we have remaining: 5

To learn more, click here.

TrekFest The Beacons 2020

TrekFest is the UK’s ultimate trekking challenge. Take on an epic trek through open countryside, walking side by side with hundreds of like-minded individuals all with the same goal in mind – to cross the finish line.

Details

Date: Saturday 19th September 2020

Location:  Brecon Showground, Wales

Event Category: Hike

Distance: 25K (15.5 miles)  or 50K (31 miles)

Cost for a ticket: Free

Minimum Fundraising Pledge: £250 for the 25k   or £310 for the 50k

To learn more, click here.


 Latest News

 

Alan Heywood-Jones speaks to ELF on Alpha Federation

The European Lung Foundation has published an interview with Alan Heywood-Jones, the chairman of the Alpha Europe Federation – as well as chairman of our very own charity (Alpha-1 Awareness UK). Alan discusses some of the issues involved with h
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Smoking Cessation

The European Respiratory Society (ERS) has established a Task Force which is working to produce a consensus statement on Smoking Cessation in COPD and other pulmonary disorders in smokers who are not willing to quit. To assist the work of this group,
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Fourth International Alpha Patients’ Congress

The 4th International Alpha-1 Patients’ Congress will be held in Barcelona on the 12th and 13th of April 2013. The congress has been timed to overlap an International Research Conference on Alpha-1 also held in Barcelona on the 11th and 12th of
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Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency makes Parliament; Questions in the House

For the first time in nearly a decade, Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (AATD) has been mentioned in the House of Commons, by Mark Pawsey, Conservative MP for Rugby. His much-welcomed question came as part of the “Business Questions to the Leader
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Professor Lomas to join UCL

Professor David Lomas is set to join University College London as Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences and Chair of Medicine from 1st January 2013. Professor Lomas is Professor of Respiratory Biology in the University of Cambridge and Honorary Con
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Atlas of Variation in Healthcare

The NHS has published an Atlas of Variation in Healthcare for People with Respiratory Disease. Over 6 million people in England suffer from asthma or COPD, conditions which inflict a heavy burden on patients and carers and account for a significant p
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Portable device could boost number of lung transplants

A new device that can store and transport donor lungs has been developed by researchers in Germany. The Organ Care System is the first portable device that uses the process of normothermic perfusion, which uses the principle of keeping the lungs at b
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epetition for better treatment

An epetition has been created by Dr Ravi Mahadeva, the chairman of the Alpha-1 Alliance. Dr Mahadeva writes: “We’ve just launched an online petition to the Department of Health calling on the Government to nationally commission a specialised se
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This website is run by Alphas and their carers. We do our very best to ensure that all information shown here is up-to-date and accurate. However, you should always consult your own GP or other medical professional if you have the slightest concerns about your health.