Phil Godfrey – Rotary Club of Solihull
I am a member of Solihull Rotary Club and have spent the last 4 years touring the country talking to 350 Rotary & Inner Wheel clubs, plus Churches and Womens Groups.
To date have raised £258,000
APS is an incurable life threatening autoimmune condition that causes the blood to clot too quickly, and can cause potentially fatal events such as strokes, heart attacks, blood clots on the lung and Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).
In pregnancy, APS is the most significant treatable cause of recurrent miscarriage, and women are five times more likely to have a stillbirth. It is also associated with other complications such as infertility, pre – eclampsia, low weight babies and premature births. Sadly, in accordance with Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists guidelines, women are only tested for APS after 3 consecutive miscarriages
As a national charity, APS Support UK aims to achieve earlier diagnosis and to offer support to anyone affected by APS through awareness, education and research.
Early diagnosis is critical in the successful treatment of APS and the process of informing GPs needs drastically speeding up. I, therefore, decided that I had to assist APS Support UK in raising awareness as I do not want other people to suffer as my late wife, Christine with APS suffered with APS for over some thirty years.