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

"...we were lucky. We had 115 days with Max, and saw him smile, and know who he was, and we learned about ourselves and the people around us..."


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Genetic Disorders UK - Jeans for Genes Day - October 2015

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  • Max Appeal Parents conference for 22q11 syndrome, Saturday 05 December 2015

  • Save the Date....
    saveSave the date....the programme is being finalised for this year's parent conference for 22q11 Syndrome at Cardiff University on Saturday 5th December. We will have representatives from the Cardiff 22q11 DS Clinic, information on research studies from Cardiff University and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, as well as other professionals expert in the management of 22q11 DS. We expect the programme to begin from around 9.00am and finish by 5.30pm. Booking details will be through the Max Appeal website and further details to follow shortly.

  • Max Appeal 2016 Calendars and Wall Planners
    CALIt's that time of year again !!! Can we ask for you to send in your photo's of your 22q cuties please. We need a minimum of 1MB in size please. Lifting off facebook is no good because the resolution is not of printable quality. Email jpegs (or any other type of picture file), but don't embed in a document or an email. Please state if they have a preferred month. Last year we had about 170 pictures submitted, so we can't guarantee that your picture will be used. We leave it to the graphics people to choose so that it is completely non-preferential. Please email to info@maxappeal.org.uk For our newer members: for the last few years Max Appeal has produced a yearly calendar and wall planner using photo's of our wonderful beautiful 22q kids. We send one of each out to all our members free. They look fantastic !!!!

  • Check out Amy Maiorano YouTube Video...Does 22q in the style of Taylor Swift's 22
    Amy MaioranoAmazing music video by Amy Maiorano doing 22q in the style of Taylor Swift's 22.

  • Sarah reports on another Research Project Experience
    srOn Wednesday 16th September 2015 I had the pleasure of meeting with Doctor Maria Rogdaki who came to our house to interview me for a 22q research project. Maria is part of the Psychiatric Imaging Group at Kings College London, and her research project is looking for male and female volunteers aged between 18 and 65 to participate. They are particularly looking for carriers of the 22q11 deletion syndrome.

  • Morrisons Great Birmingham Run, Sunday 18 October 2015
    Morrisons Great Birmingham Run - Sunday 18 October.

  • Fundraising Report
    Standards Review Report 2015Many of you will be aware that there poor fundraising practices have been in the press in recent times. The review of fundraising has been published today and we have attached it here. Max Appeal welcomes this review, and will continue to strive to maintain integrity in all aspects of fundraising.

  • Jeans for Genes Day today!
    jgMax Appeal is participating in Mediaplanet Uk's 'Genetic Disorders' campaign in The Independent newspaper and online. See our involvement and find out more on the attached link.

  • Independent Newspaper 18th Sept 2015
    Independent 18th Sept 2015See Max Appeal in the national press gain! The Independent Genetics Disorders supplement carries this publicity advert as part of the jeans for Genes day. As we know awareness is vital to ensure that people with 22q11DS get the services and help they need.

  • Great North Run 2015
    gnr 2015Great North Run.. team Max Appeal were mobilised and ready to face the challenge on the 13th September. We had Archie Wootton taking part in the Junior Run (5km) We had almost 30 runners enter and what a team! They've raised 14.5k already. Can't 'big-up' their efforts enough. Thank you to all of you. Names and times will be added asap:

  • Jeans for Genes
    jgWear your jeans on Friday 18th September in support of Jeans for Genes Day. Max Appeal is one of the charities being supported through this year's appeal. Genetic Disorders UK will be funding a parent conference for Max Appeal parents / carers on Saturday 5th December at Cardiff University. Look out of more details about the day in our next newsletter and on our website. Mention Max Appeal if your local school, work place or community centre is supporting the day. Look out for the Max Appeal article in the Independent supplement for Genetic Disorders Campaign 2015 on Friday 18th September. '

  • Max Appeal Family Fun Day on Scarborough Beach
    groupWrites trustee Martin Kennedy: 23rd August was a brilliant day on Scarborough Beach. Great turn out with old and new friends. Enjoyed every minute with the Max Appeal family.

  • Leah and Sarahs 22q11DS Research at Cardiff University
    lrIn August both Leah and I went to Cardiff University to take part in the research for 22q11 Deletion Syndrome This was Leahs third participation in taking part in questionnaires and games.

  • Special Thameslink train raises 9,000 for health charities
    TT'Thameslink Tracker cheque': (from left) Thameslink timetable planner Matthew Dodd, Ashley Westpfel of The Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospital, Rachel Williamson of the Royal Marsden Hospital, Mark Tripp and Claire Hennessey of Max Appeal and Charles Horton, Chief Executive of Govia Thameslink Railway which operates Thameslink trains.

  • Mary's trip to Japan (& Maxi Bear went too)
    1On the 24th July 2015 I left Bristol to go on a journey of a lifetime. On the 23rd my mum dropped me off at Woodhouse Park in Bristol with my Unit in which I would be spending 2 and a half weeks with them in Japan. After 2 years of planning it had finally arrived.

  • Max Appeal Christmas Card Competition 2015
    xmasWell you probably don't want to be reminded, but it's only 19 weeks to Christmas! We would like to offer some new Christmas Card designs for the coming festive season. Can you help?

  • Shuttleworth Air Museum Max Appeal Family Day out - 11th August 2015
    fThe Shuttleworth meet was a huge success and enjoyed by all who came, the day started at 10:30 with the kids enjoying the outdoor play area and getting some of their energy out of their systems. Well at least that was the plan but after a leisurely picnic sat watching the airplanes and helicopters come and go the kids showed their endless energy by visiting the museum and walking around the Swiss Gardens. I'm pleased to say that Max Appeal appears to have found a little gem in the Bedfordshire countryside.

  • 10k London Run - Vitality West Run London, Sunday 04 October 2015

  • Newscatle University, Australia
    University of Newcastle, AustraliaGo to our research page to find out more:

  • Max Appeal Train - First Year Anniversary
    Image: maxappealtrain20_thumb.jpgThe 25th July saw the first anniversary of our Max Appeal train... who could believe a whole year has elapsed since we named her after Max Appeal. Let's hope her journeys in and out of London have made alot more people aware of 22q11 DS. Please use your opportunities to raise awareness of 22q11 DS.

  • NEW STUDY with GOS
    GOS mental health study We would ask you to participate in the on-line forum to inform us about your experiences as a parent/carer of a person with 22q11DS about access to services and mental health issues.

  • Adult Management Guidelines
    Genetics In MedicineFirst published in January 2015!!

  • What is the prevalence of 22q deletion in the population?
    Pre-natal diagnosis paperA new study published in June 2015 in the scientific Journal "Prenatal Diagnosis" based on over 9500 prenatal testing samples suggests that the previously stated prevalences of 22q11.2 deletion and duplication syndromes are hugely under-estimated!

  • National Congenital Heart Disease Audit - Patient and Family survey
    UCL NICOR CCAD We have been asked to help gather information for this project: Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) affects around 1 in every 100 children born around the world, one third of whom require an intervention during infancy.

  • 22k for 22q Dublin, Sunday 2nd August 2015
    22k for 22q DublinJoin Team 22k for 22q Dublin - An amazing international group of runners, walkers, and volunteers raising awareness for 22q11.2 deletion and duplication syndromes by participating in the Dublin Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon 22k or Fun Run 3k on August 2, 2016 on the beautiful Emerald Isle! This collaborative venture is supported by 22q Ireland, the 22q11.2 Society, Max Appeal, and the International 22q11.2 Foundation, Inc..

  • Have a Brew for 22Q!
    posterWith 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.

  • Thank you to all of our Max Appeal Fundraisers...
    Thank YouDon't forget to check out our fantastic Max Appeal Fundraisers... We thank you all so much for what you do for Max Appeal.

  • Education and Healthcare Experiences questionnaire
    Strathclyde UniversityWe are trying to find out about the educational and healthcare experiences of people diagnosed with 22q deletion syndrome. Are you an individual with 22q deletion syndrome and over the age of 16? Or are you a parent or carer of a person who has 22q deletion syndrome and is any age? If so, we would like you to complete a survey.

  • Blooming Marvellous
    Image: flowercollection_thumb.jpgOrder your very own special collection of chrysanthemums prepared by John Bawden, Head Gardener at Coombe Lodge, Blagdon and Chelsea Flower Show winner. John has prepared these plants especially for Max Appeal. All proceeds are being donated to Max Appeal. Order via the Max Appeal Shop.

  • Cardiff University Looking for 22q Adults
    Cardiff University ECHOCardiff University's ECHO study has been learning about the experiences children with 22q11.2 deletion and duplication syndromes for the past five years. In addition to child volunteers, we are now also looking for adults with the 22q11.2 deletion or duplication to take part.

  • Bristol to Bath Marathon, Sunday 25th October 2015
    Image: bristol_to_bath_marathon_thumb.jpgThis brand new marathon for the South West, begins in Bristol, the vibrant city of Bridges, Brunel and Banksy, through the stunning South Gloucestershire countryside, ending victoriously in the elegant Roman Spa city of Bath. Step up the pace and make history as you run city to city in the inaugural Bristol + Bath. Run for Max Appeal. Entries now open. Email Paul@maxappeal.org.uk and confirm your entry.

  • 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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