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.

 

 


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 

 


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

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

 

Alpha-1 Awareness donates £10,000 to the research of a cure

27th February 2019 Alpha-1 Awareness is dedicated to contributing a minimum of 10% of its funds raised towards research to find a cure for this condition. In 2018, we went above and beyond this target, donating £25,000 to the patron of the Charity, P
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Alpha-1 Awareness visits Mereo BioPharma

On Monday 17th December we went to see Mereo BioPharma at their office in London. Mereo BioPharma have recently started dosing in their Phase 2 clinical trial for MPH-966 (alvelestat). The study will recruit in America, Canada, Europe and the UK. The
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Alpha-1 Awareness Visit the people at UCL who are looking for a cure for Alpha-1

On the 26th July 2018, Alan Wooler went to see some of the team at UCL who are doing the vital research into finding a cure for Alpha-1. Alistair Jagger who is a PhD student in Prof Lomas’ team was kind enough to show Alan around the labs and answer
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New meeting to discuss molecular therapies for liver disease in alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency

22nd December 2018 A new meeting for clinicians and science researchers has been announced in September 2019. The idea is to discuss therapy of the liver disease in α1-antitrypsin deficiency (AATD). The conference will provide a comprehensive overvie
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We celebrate being the oldest Alpha-1 UK charity with our 10th Year Celebration Day party

21st July 2018   On 8 July 2018, Alpha-1 Awareness hosted its 10 year Celebration Day, celebrating 10 years since the founding of the charity. World-renowned speakers were invited to share their knowledge on Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, Profe
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New Children’s club

11th July 2018 EXCITING NEWS…. We have now launched the new Alphie Kids Club. The first club for children affected by Alpha-1 where they can come along and download colouring in pages, puzzles and become a member and receive our exclusive membe
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Our chairman Alan Wooler chosen as “Alpha-1 Leader in Action” in the latest Alpha-1 Global Newsletter

8th June 2018 Our charity is here to bring awareness of AATD and to support those affected.  We are making a big difference and many people rely on our help.  It is wonderful when other groups help to tell others who we are and what we do. In the lat
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Alpha-1 Awareness UK changes charity name

3rd June 2018 Our charity was originally created to support people affected in the UK with AATD.  It didn’t take long before we started to help those from other countries and today we stretch as far as Australia and New Zealand.  It is for this
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