We recently had a very informative talk via zoom from Phil Godfrey, a Rotarian from Solihull, and an ambassador for APS Support UK. APS is antiphospholipid syndrome, a life-threatening condition, which is treatable if recognised early.
Phil became involved with APS following the death of his wife from the condition. He decided to raise awareness and funds with a long distance walk from the Sicily Isles to Shetland, but fog and horizontal rain delayed the start. He got as far as Preston, Lancs in the summer of 2017 before a knee injury put paid to any more long walks.
Undeterred, Phil decided to use the train instead and he has travelled from coast to coast, west to east and south to north, using a total of 650 trains. En route, he took every opportunity to speak to as many people as possible about APS, including Rotary and Inner Wheel Clubs.
To date, Phil’s efforts have raised £159,000, some of which has funded an e-learning module for GPs to increase their awareness of the syndrome.
To find out more or to make a donation to support research into antiphospholipid syndrome, please go to aps-support.org.uk
Submitted by Ruth Goldfinch on Sun, 13th Dec 2020