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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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  • Velo Birmingham & Midlands, Sunday 21 June 2020
    Image: velologofc[1]51715596_thumb.pngJoin up now under general entries to take part in the 3rd Velo Birmingham & Midlands and help raise funds for Max Appeal. https://www.velobirmingham.com/enter-now/

  • Johnny had an Amazing Day At Manchester Football Club
    MCFC JohnnyJohnny was diagnosed with 22q at 2 years old. He turned 8 in December and is mainly affected by speech and language issues, and can be anxious with unfamiliar situations and people. He loves playing football and watching Man City, and his favourite player is Kevin De Bruyne. We live near Glasgow and planned a trip down to watch them play in their FA Cup match v Fulham on Sunday. I emailed the club Supporter Liaison Officer to ask what time the team bus would arrive so that Johnny could see Kevin arrive, explaining briefly his condition and that he gets anxious. We were absolutely blown away by their response, promising to make Johnny's day special. He was given access to the 'blue carpet' where he could high-five the players as they arrived off the bus, then taken on to the pitch before the game to have his picture taken with the team. At first when I spoke with him, Johnny was unsure about being on the pitch with 40,000 people watching on, but was so excited at the experience he was an absolute star and went on with the other boys and girls in the group, leaving me at the side of the pitch. The club were extremely accommodating, letting Johnny decide what he was comfortable with and giving me the opportunity to be with him whenever he needed support. I think he gained a lot of confidence and self-belief on the day and surprised his family, and maybe himself, at how brave he was! I know this was a big deal for him. Johnny is second from the right in the second row, wearing the yellow kit.

  • Great North Run 2020, Sunday 13 September 2020
    GNR 2020Max Appeal are pleased to report we have been successful in securing 35 spaces for the Great North Run. We have also secured a marque at the finish line.

  • David Duguid MP 16 January 2020
    APPG Jan 2020Delighted to have been re-elected as Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for 22q11 Syndrome. Thanks to Max Appeal 22q, DiGeorge, vcfs for providing secretariat support to the APPG and for all of their valuable support to children and families affected by the second most common chromosomal disorder after Down's Syndrome. Thanks also to Parliamentarians; Lord Farmer, Jack Lopresti MP, Robert Goodwill MP, Dr Lisa Cameron MP, Alex Sobel MP and Suzanne Webb MP for agreeing to join the group.

  • Understanding the diagnostic odyssey experienced by families impacted by 22q11.2 deletion syndrome
    Cardiff Univ researchUnderstanding the diagnostic odyssey experienced by families impacted by 22q11.2 deletion syndrome Would you like to get involved in a research study? Are you a parent or carer of a person with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome? If so, you are being invited to take part in a research study, looking at your experience of obtaining a diagnosis of 22q11.2 deletion syndrome in the UK for your child.

  • 22q At the Zoo 2020, Sunday 17 May 2020
    zoo logoThis years 22q at the zoo is on Sunday 17th May 2020. Please make a note in your diaries and further information will follow.

  • APPG Message from David Duguid MP January 2020
    APPG logoGood afternoon everyone. I hope everyone had a great festive period and I would like to wish you all the very best for 2020. As many of you will know, in the previous Parliamentary session, I was Chair of the House of Commons All Party Parliamentary Group for 22q/DiGeorge Syndrome. As we begin a new session, all APPGs have to be re-established. I very much hope to be re-elected as Chair but for the group to become established formally, we need representation from across parties and ideally representing different parts of the UK. Therefore, can I ask you to consider writing to your own local MP encouraging them to join. They can contact me at david.duguid.mp@parliament.uk and the inaugural meeting is 5pm Wed 15 January. Many thanks Sincerely David Duguid MP, Banff and Buchan Stop press: If your MP requires some basic info, you may wish to include the attached YouTube video of me talking about 22q in the House of Commons.

  • Presentations from the 22q11 Europe Barcelona Meeting, November 2019
    22q europeOn this page are listed the latest publications and reports that researchers from our community have published on the topic of the 22q11 microdeletion syndrome. (Nov 19)

  • Great Birmingham 10K Run, Sunday 31 May 2020
    great birmingham 10kEntries for next year's Great Birmingham 10k, on Sunday 31 May are now open. The event will be staged on an exciting new course incorporating the historic heart of Birmingham and world-famous heritage sites, starting near the much-loved Hippodrome theatre in Southside. Runners will be taken through the Jewellery Quarter and past the Mailbox before it reaches its grandstand finish at Victoria Square and Colmore Row. And Raise fund for Max Appeal. Link below:

  • Kiltwalk Dundee, Sunday 16 August 2020
    kiltwalkKiltwalk Dundee 2019 was the biggest and best yet! 3,000 Kiltwalk Heroes took part in an unforgettable day in the City of Discovery. Kiltwalk returns to Stride, Stroll and Wander across St AndrewsDundee in 2020 and you can sign up and be a part of it right now!

  • Kiltwalk Glasgow, Sunday 26 April 2020
    kiltwalkGlasgow 2019 was the BIGGEST EVER Kiltwalk! Thirteen thousand Kiltwalk Heroes supported over 700 charities all over Scotland, in what was an unforgettable day in Glasgow. Now get ready to do it all over again! Register NOW for Kiltwalk Glasgow 2020. And you can help raise money for Max Appeal To register:

  • Kiltwalk Aberdeen, Sunday 07 June 2020
    kiltwalkIt wasn't just the biggest, it was the BEST ever Kiltwalk in Aberdeen! Over 3,200 Kiltwalk Heroes joined us in Aberdeen for an absolutely unforgettable day this year. Now get ready to do it all over again in 2020!

  • Edinburgh Kiltwalk, Sunday 13 September 2020
    kiltwalkThe Kiltwalk in the Capital! Join in the Kiltwalk and raise funds for Max Appeal

  • Virtual 22q PJ Crew PJ Party, Friday 22 November 2019
    pj partyPut on your PJ's, host a party, have a movie night or just stay at home. Take pictures of you, your friends and your family in your PJ's and post your photo's to our socials with the hashtags #22qPJcrew #22qawareness

  • 22q Families Theatre Event - Chickenshed, Friday 03 January 2020
    snow whiteMax Appeal invite members and immediate family to a Chickenshed production of Snowwhite, matinee showing 3pm on the 3rd January 2020. Southgate, London. N14 4PE Tickets are limited to 30 so please book quickly as I think they will sell out.

  • 22Q11 Awareness Month of November, Friday 01 November 2019
    Image: 22q_awareness_in_powerpoint_thumb.pngNovember is the special month to raise awareness of 22Q11 DS.

  • 22q11 Speech & Language latest practices
    New research paper on 22q11 Speech & Language latest practices.

  • Sky Dive for Max Appeal
    Skydive BuzzBook a Skydive for Max Appeal. 8th March 2020

  • Ben Smith 300K Paddle Board
    Image: good_picture_thumb.jpgA massive thank you to Ben Smith and family Four-year hold Jacob inspires his family to complete 300K paddleboard challenge which raised over for 3K Max Appeal

  • Coledale Horseshoe Max Appeal Ramblers
    ColeshoeThe second of our rambles was in July where we met once again to tackle the 12 peaks of the Coledale Horseshoe in Cumbria, following our usual format of meeting in the bar the night before to discuss plans we set off on a warm morning looking forward to the stroll ahead, little did we know what lay ahead as our guide Martin had downplayed the effort needed to complete the walk. Once again the views were stunning and the weather stayed good for us but boy was this a tough walk. Working together we climbed each peak as a team, it's difficult to explain the bonds that are made as everyone is supported to help overcome their fears.

  • Max Appeal Conference and AGM Birmingham 31st August, 2019
    Conference 2019Thank-you for all the positive comments we received about our recent conference. It takes a great deal of planning and time to organise these very valuable days. We would also like to thank all our speakers who gave up their time to attend and share their expertise. The staff at the Education Centre at Birmingham Children's Hospital for the use of the facilities and to the National Lottery for support with the funding of the event. It was great to see members fully participating in the day and hopefully better informed by the time they headed home. If there are subjects you would like to see covered at future events then please let us know by emailing us at info@maxappeal.org.uk

  • NHS appointments no shows!
    NHS no showAlex Mathews-King, health correspondent for the Independent reported last year that missed out patient appointments were costing the NHS more than 1bn each year. ' Patients missing appointments cost the health service almost 1bn last year, NHS England's chief nurse has said.

  • Stay Calm Project
    Stay calm projectThe Stay Calm project is being led by Justin Chung, under the supervision of Dr Kate Woodcock, at the School of Psychology, University of Birmingham. We are looking for parents or caregivers of individuals between the age of 6 years old to 25 years old, who have emotional outbursts at least once a month. The study aims to use your responses to ensure that the questionnaire is accurately measuring emotional outburst characteristics. This will be a valuable tool in future to help us and others to better understand emotional outbursts and how to treat them. If you are interested in taking part, please access the questionnaire with the link below:

  • Chromosomal disorder screening plans move forward
    David DuguidA north-east MP is delighted screening for a chromosomal disorder could be introduced after a review by a national body.

  • David Duguid MP aks about new-born screening at PMQs
    APPG logoDavid Duguid MP, chairman of the the all-party parliamentary group (APPG) for 22q11 syndromes, called for the condition to be added to the newborn blood spot test. The Prime Minister, Teresa May, replied that she would request a minister from the Department of Health and Social Care to respond. Max Appeal would like to thank, Mr. Duguid, the APPG, and Mrs. May, for helping to add this important condition to the newborn screen test in the UK.

  • Rachel Colley - My Education Journey
    Rachel ColleyMy Educational Journey I've definitely gone the long way round when it's come to my education. I wasn't the brightest at high school and had to have a lot of support to get me through it. When I was in A Level I had no intention of furthering my education. I thought that I would just go and get a job and that would be it. I got C's in my GCSE's and I got low grades for my A Level's. The support I received was that of a mentor and an assistant to help me with organising my deadlines and notes in class. I wasn't a quick writer so found it a difficult task to keep up with making notes. They also gave me extra time for my exams. For the full story - please click the document attached...

  • Amazon Smile
    AmazonHow does AmazonSmile work? When first visiting smile.amazon.co.uk, customers are prompted to select a charitable organisation. Amazon will give 0.5% of the net purchase price (excluding VAT and other shipping fees) of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organisations selected by our customers

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