Weightmans donates thousands to research into rare genetic disease

National law firm Weightmans LLP has donated £5000 to The Lily Foundation, the UK charity leading the way in research, awareness and support for…

National law firm Weightmans LLP has donated £5000 to The Lily Foundation, the UK charity leading the way in research, awareness and support for people with mitochondrial disease and their families.

The Lily Foundation is the UK's leading charity dedicated to fighting mitochondrial disease, supporting people whose lives are affected by the condition, raise awareness and fund research into its prevention, diagnosis and treatment. The charity was founded in 2007 by Liz Curtis in memory of her daughter Lily, who died from mitochondrial disease at eight months old.

Mitochondrial disease, or 'mito', is the term given to a group of medical disorders caused by mutations in mitochondria, the tiny organelles that are present in every cell in the human body and which generate about 90% of the energy needed to live. Cells cannot function properly without healthy mitochondria, so when they fail the consequences can be serious and wide-ranging.

Mitochondrial diseases affect people in different ways, depending on which cells are affected. This can make the condition hard to diagnose, as symptoms often resemble those of other serious illnesses.

The money donated by Weightmans will be focused on funding vital focused medical research into the diseases, and is just part of Weightmans’ extensive CSR programme supporting young people and those in need..
The firm’s thriving CSR plan is made up of a combination of financial donations, pro bono work and staff participation. Last year, the firm raised over £51,000 for charities across the UK and internationally.

Liz Curtis, CEO and Founder of The Lily Foundation and Lily's mum said:

“We are delighted to have received such a generous donation to The Lily Foundation.  It is an exciting time in the world of research for mitochondrial disease, it has never been so active and this donation will be used to further this research.”

Peter Forshaw, Partner and head of Weightmans’ national CSR programme said:

“Mitochondrial disease is a devastating condition with no known cure. The Lily Foundation is a remarkable charity that has helped so many people manage the disease and has made significant progress in research into a cure. We hope this donation assists the charity in its mission to raise awareness and eventually make a mito cure a reality.”

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