Celebration at the Long Love Liver Fun Run

News / Tue 6th Oct 2015 at 08:44am

The event was organised to raise funds for The Princess Alexandra Hospital’s Charity and to promote awareness of liver disease. In the under 65s, deaths from liver disease are increasingly at an alarming rate whilst deaths from other serious illnesses are decreasing or remaining static. It was the brainchild of Consultant Gastroenterologist Dr Deb Ghosh who is dedicated to telling people about the dangers of fatty liver disease and explaining how small changes in diet can make a big difference.

The event started with a warm up from Manor of Grove Fitness Instructor, Daniel Ratcliff, and then participants chose a 2km, 5km or 10km route. There were also a number of stalls at the start/finish point, including ADAS, the Alcohol and Drug Advisory Service and free deep relaxation sessions from local company Beyond the Body.

The event aimed to raise money to purchase a state-of-the-art liver scanner for Princess Alexandra Hospital which will mean patients no longer have to undergo sometimes painful liver biopsies. Dr Ghosh said: ‘We are delighted that so many people chose to support our inaugural Fun Run. Deaths from liver disease are preventable and I hope this event goes some way to demonstrating to people how important their health and wellbeing are. Thank you to everyone who took part, volunteered their time and supported the runners and walkers’.

To find out more about the Fibroscanner Appeal visit http://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/pahnhs/fibroscannerapppeal

For a graph showing deaths from liver disease in recent years see: www.ias.org.uk/News/Older/08-December-2009-Liver-disease-deaths-increase-by-12-in-just-three-years.aspx

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