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Max Appeal! is a UK registered charity supporting families affected by DiGeorge syndrome, VCFS and 22q11.2 deletion

"Our son was diagnosed with 22q whilst only 20 weeks into the pregnancy we were very lucky to have been given that time to prepare. We looked at your site then and found out all the info which we felt would help. He's now 8 months old and the most adorable baby you could ever wish to meet. Thanks to your site and the information for helping us. We have kept away since his birth so that we could discover our boy as an individual with his own character but now we realise we actually need your advice and experience."


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  • Family and Childcare Trust - need family stories
    Family and Childccare TrustCalling for heart families whose child has special educational needs who maybe interested in sharing their experiences for a video of 'top tips'. Click to read more!

  • tRailbazer Walk, Friday 13 March 2015
    Image: trailblazers_logo_thumb.jpgSponsored walk with tRailbazers along part of the Atlantic Coast Express Railway line between Eggesford - Umberleigh, North Devon.

  • 22q Awareness Week - Katie Jane shares her story
    Image: katie_and_dance_thumb.jpgKatie Jane shares her 22q journey and her achievements as part of 22q Awareness Week.

  • Scottish Disability Golf
    Scottish Disability GolfWith the assistance of a local Sports Trust, and in conjunction with "TS Sport", a First Swing Clinic Golf Day has been arranged at Wellsgreen Golf Academy, near Kirkcaldy on Sunday 16 November from 11:00 through to 15:00. SDGP members are invited to come along for golf lessons, practice time and a social gathering. Places are very limited and will be allocated strictly on a first-come, first-served basis. Members should get in touch as soon as possible, via the Contact us page of our website. World Cup Information on the World Pairs Championship, at the Westerwood Resort in Cumbernauld, from Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 July 2015 is now on the SDGP website Fixture Page. A package will be provided for any disabled golfer, which will include four rounds of golf and four night's dinner, bed and breakfast + a cart. Scottish Championships The SDGP can also announce that the 2015 Scottish Championships will take place over 36-holes in Edinburgh on Thursday 9 & Friday 10 April at the Swanston and Silverknowes Golf Clubs. This event will also incorporate the Jim MacLeod Trophy.

  • Winter Wonderland Trip with Children's Heart Federation
    Image: chf_new2237374_thumb.bmpMax Appeal is funding places for two families at Children's Heart Federation's Winter Wonderland trip at Butlin's Holiday Park in Bognor Regis; one for a family of up to four people and another for a family of up to six. Please let us know by EMAIL (!) info@maxappeal.org.uk if you would like to considered for this fabulous event. Qualifying criteria is that your heart child has been through a tough time this year. This is an extremely popular event and is always over-subscribed, so get in quick! See this link for more information:

  • Family 22q Awareness Day at Dundee Science Centre
    Dundee Science CentreMeet up with other families in Scotland and have a day round the Science Centre. 22nd November is 22q Awareness Day (22/11!) so spread the word and get to know other families.

  • The Staines-upon-Thames Grand Parade 23rd November, Sunday 23 November 2014
    Two RiversThe Two Rivers Shopping Centre and Elmsleigh Shopping Centre are currently working towards the best Staines-upon-Thames Grand Parade yet, so get the date in your diary!

  • 22q11DS Moves On Westminster!
    HofC logoMax Appeal has been working hard with Jack Lopresti MP to form an All-party Parliamentary Group for 22q11DS to raise awareness of the condition at the highest level, that is the government. We are very close to having sufficient numbers for the APPG, indeed we only require two Labour MPs to have a full complement.

  • Somerset House Skating, Saturday 06 December 2014
    Somerset houseMax Appeal Family Meet up - Saturday 6th December. Meet around 2-3pm Somerset House. Tracey Hennighan is kindly arranging this event. Ice skating - 3-5pm Please contact me if you would like tickets and we can check availability. Prices start from 7.50 steph@maxappeal.org.uk Or book direct... http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/ice-rink/times-and-tickets Or just go and meet up and watch some of our members fall over !!! Then go for a bite to eat and a drink around Covent Garden.

  • MD Events - Thank you!
    MD EventsHuge thanks got to Tarquin Scadding-Hunt and colleagues at MD Events in Bracknell for the donation of computers, laptops and all the paraphernalia that goes with them. This will be a great help, we will make the machines available for children to use at home and for families who struggle to keep in touch with the 22q and Max Appeal community

  • BUPA Great North Run, Sunday 13 September 2015
    Great North RunAre you planning a challenge for 2015? Contact paul@maxappeal.org.uk for running place information.

  • Fright Hikes, Saturday 25 October 2014
    Sherwood ForestCelebrate Halloween with a Fright Hike, raising funds for Max Appeal. Sign up on the links below.

  • Train Driver Academy Visit, Saturday 18 October 2014
    Image: group_train_12_thumb.jpgMax, Leah and Dean visited the Train Driver Academy and Maintenance Depot at Hornsey hosted by the Training and Maintenance Teams, Govia Thameslink Railway.

  • 22q11 Awareness Week - Have a Brew for 22Q!, Saturday 22 November 2014
    Image: have_a_brew_for_22q!_poster96543520_thumb.jpgWith an estimated 35,000 people, who are living with 22Q in the UK, you can do something to help and have a great time with friends and family.

  • Mead Open Farm 22q family meetup Christmas Special, Sunday 14 December 2014
    Mead Open Farm12pm onwards Stanbridge Road Billington Bedfordshire LU7 9JH

  • Advance Notice of 22q11 Awareness Week!
    Max Appeal roundWe are pulling together a whole week of suggestions for activities, twitter feeds and fundraising to raise awareness of 22q11DS and Max Appeal. Watch this space... Put 22q11 awareness week in your diary starting on 22nd of the 11th... geddit?

  • Information Standard Success
    Info stan propeerIt can't be said that it is easy to achieve and retain this quality mark for producing information that is appropriate, clear, accessible, accurate, balanced, evidence-based, referenced, user-tested and regularly reviewed. Thank you to "Tessa The Assessor" from Royal Society of Public Health for help and perseverance. We hope you think it's worth and that the NHS does too! If you want to know more, please get in touch.

  • Afternoon Cream Tea, Saturday 25 October 2014
    Image: cream_team_thumb.jpgAfternoon Cream Tea in aid of Max Appeal at 3.30pm Methodist Church Main St Woodhouse Eaves.

  • Imperial College London Research
    Imperial College LondonVolunteers affected by 22q DS are wanted to take part in a research project by the Department of Psychosis Studies at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London. Please see the link below for further details: If you have any questions, please contact Dr Maria Rogdaki, maria.rogdaki@kcl.ac.uk

  • BUPA Great Birmingham Run, Sunday 19 October 2014
    EC HarrisThanks to all our runners and BIG thanks to Martin Silvester and all EC Harris for letting us use their lovely office in Baskerville House. It was great to meet up with everyone again.

  • Leicester Half Marathon, Sunday 26 October 2014
    LeicesterGood luck to Jon Foster who is raising funds for 22q DS and Max Appeal by running in the Leicester Half Marathon. Jon's fundraising efforts are going really well but if you can help him boost his target even more he would be delighted of your support.

  • More headlines for Max Appeal Express
    Image: boys_281126954_thumb.jpgThe Max Appeal Express continues to make more headlines up and down the country. The Sunderland Echo writes about 22q Deletion Syndrome.

  • Max Appeal Express
    Mark Adam ZoeA First Capital Connect train specially branded 'Max Appeal' was launched at a ceremony at King's Cross Station. First Capital Connect are sponsoring an awareness campaign for 22q DS. Mark Tripp, father of Adam, 8 years - the inspiration behind the campaign, drove the train and guests to Cambridge.

  • Yorkshire Marathon, Sunday 12 October 2014
    Barry West is running in the Yorkshire Marathon and raising funds for Max Appeal.

  • Have you spotted one of our posters?
    Julie with Adams posterJulie Wootton's selfie with Adam's poster. Send a picture of your gang with Adam's poster and let us know the location. Send to; info@maxappeal.org.uk

  • South West Cleft Service is on the move
    NHSThe South West Cleft service will be moving to Bristol Dental Hospital, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, during the third week of August. Please contact Dr Julia Cadogan or Lesley Sanders on 0117 340 3998 if there are queries or concerns about this change. Thank you very much on behalf of the 22q11 DS Service, Frenchay Hospital, North Bristol Trust.

  • Text Donations
    AdamYou can now text donate a fiver to Max Appeal! Text 'Adam' to 70660 Adam is our poster boy on the First Capital Connect train the "Max Appeal Express" to be launched on 25th July...(thanks to Mark Tripp and FCC) and will appear on posters both on the train and platforms that the train visits. Text 'Max' to 70660 Max is the general donation text and will appear on Max Appeal literature.

  • Has your child been ill with flu over the past few years?
    ArchieHas your child been ill with flu in the past few years? Researchers at the University of Oxford are interviewing parents and carers of children (aged 6 months to 12 years) with heart problems and other long-term conditions/disability. They want to find out about parents' experiences and treatment needs when their child has fallen ill with flu. This work is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The major outcome of the project will be a new section on www.healthtalkonline.org to support and provide information for other parents. The site gives voice to parents and offers parents the opportunity to hear from others in a similar situation.

  • Study into the Cultural Effects of 22q deletion
    University of Newcastle, AustraliaThe University of Newcastle in Australia has re-opened this questionnaire! We are interested in cultural effects and would like more parents of children with 22q11.2DS/VCFS/DiGeorge syndrome to be involved, particularly if you're from the UK, Europe and Australia.

  • Institute of Psychiatry looking for brain study volunteers
    IOP brain studyInstitute of Psychiatry are looking for willing volunteers for their brain study. Clodagh Murphy is a name that some of you will recognise, she is a big supporter of Max Appeal and keen as mustard on 22q. Advancing studies is an important way to improve knoweldge of the condition, so please do sign up if you can. Thank you! Click on the image to make it appear in full size.

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