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Liverpool, 14 February 2017Liverpool team raises £6000 to fund vital research into rare childhood condition

Gallagher gives boost to research and family support funds for specialist childhood charity

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Team members at Arthur J. Gallagher's Liverpool branch have boosted the fundraising efforts of a specialist support group for families with children facing Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood (AHC) by raising more than £6,000.

AHC is a rare condition that causes temporary weakness or paralysis on one or both sides of the body. The attacks are extremely random in nature, and can last from just minutes to several days. Established in 1992 by Jill Bailey, whose daughter suffers from AHC, Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood UK (AHCUK) raises awareness, funds research, and provides support for a small group of 33 families in the UK whose children are facing the rare condition.

The cause is particularly close to the heart of one team member at Gallagher, whose best friend’s son suffers with AHC. After the branch selected the organisation as its nominated charity, the team set to work to raise money with fundraising activity ranging from raffles to race nights, and dress down days to running 10k races.

Stephen Penketh, Regional Managing Director at Arthur J. Gallagher, based on Sefton Street, Liverpool, said: “As a local community insurance broker, we actively encourage our people to give back through volunteering or other forms of charitable support and the team here in Liverpool couldn’t have been more committed to maximising their efforts in aid of AHCUK. I’d like to thank every member of the team for both their generosity and willingness to give their time in arranging the many fundraising activities. £6,000 is a fantastic amount and we’re delighted to know that our efforts will go towards helping children and their families during a time when they need it most.”

AHCUK has recently embarked on a three year journey with the National Centre for Epilepsy and Great Ormond Street Hospital, on a project which will aim to better understand the causes of attacks in AHC. In August 2016, it also co-hosted the 5th Symposium on AHC in London where 25 researchers and scientists from all over the globe attended to present their latest research on this condition.

Jill Bailey, Founder and Chairperson of AHCUK, added: “We have never received such a large amount of money at once and, on behalf of all our families, I say a huge thank you to everyone at Arthur J. Gallagher in Liverpool for their kind efforts. This money will go directly to funding vital research, the findings of which could be life changing for our families.”

To find out more about AHCUK or to donate, please visit https://ahcuk.co.uk/

Pictured: Jill Bailey (Founder and Chairperson of AHCUK); Andrea Jones, whose child suffers with AHC; and Stephen Penketh (Regional Managing Director at Arthur J. Gallagher — North West).

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