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Ted’s 90th Birthday

7th June 2018

Last month Ted Newton from Esher in Surrey celebrated his 90th birthday. Instead of being showered with gifts he asked family and friends to donate to his nominated charities. In total his loved ones raised a wonderful £1,112.50 for St George’s Hospital Charity.

His fundraising will go towards the Lymphoedema Research Fund. He chose to support this area of the charity as two close members of the family have been affected by it.

Lymphoedema is a long term chronic condition that causes swelling in the body's tissues. It can affect any part of the body but usually develops in the arms and legs. More than 200,000 people in the UK are affected by the condition. At the moment people can receive treatment but sadly there is no cure.

There are two main types of Lymphoedema. Ted’s birthday fundraising will benefit people who suffer from Primary Lymphoedema which is caused by faulty genes.

Donations to the Lymphoedema Research Fund support the Lymphovascular Research Unit at St George’s Hospital. The unit is actively investigating the genetic causes behind the condition and has so far managed to identify ‘mistakes’ in eight new genes associated with the development of the lymphatics. Their research will help to make a vital difference, as it will lead to improved treatment and management of the condition for lymphoedema patients in years to come.

Lizzie Wilson, Community and Events Fundraiser, said: “Birthdays are normally a time where people look forward to getting presents. For someone to give that up so a charity can benefit is such a kind and generous act. We are lucky to have people like Ted supporting us as they make all the difference. Thank you to everyone who donated, and thank you Ted!”

If you would like to support St George’s Hospital Charity via a birthday, wedding, or other special occasion please get in touch by calling 020 8725 4987 or emailing giving@stgeorges.nhs.uk to find out more.

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