David Cameron - Prime minister
“With more people being tested for Hepatitis C, and treatments improving all the time, an early diagnosis can make a real difference. But it's critical that people who could be at risk continue to be tested, as it’s a disease which can go undetected for years. We are looking at how we can strengthen efforts to prevent and control hepatitis C in the future, as part of our strategy for combating liver disease."
But today, on World Hepatitis Day, I urge everyone who could be at risk to go and get checked out.”
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Charles Gore - Chief Executive of The Hepatitis C Trust
I spent WHD in Scotland, first doing a radio morning in Leith and then spending the afternoon at the Grassmarket in the centre of Edinburgh, where Katrina had organised an event involving all the hepatitis NGOs and had even more brilliantly insisted on a marquee despite concerns about cost. It poured down. Lots of patients turned up (including Petra I’m delighted to say, as I hadn’t see her for a while) and took part in a laughter workshop, which they all enjoyed to the extent that the deafening shrieks made conversation a challenge. I almost joined in but kept getting side-tracked for discussions and the occasional interview. The rain was annoying but not enough to spoil a great day.
Sarah Coleman - Coventry office
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“The weather was glorious and we had nearly 30 people come to the picnic over the afternoon including the MSD rep (the only person in a suit!).
We have, from the C party raffle, raised a MASSIVE..£40!! Where my son controversially won the Boy George signed Sadie T shirt!!
The rounder’s game was hugely competitive but great fun. We headed back to the office for the support group at 5.30 for a group Reiki which was the perfect way to end the day!!"
Shabana Begum - South Asian Officer
Karmand Community Centre organised a family coach trip to light water valley and our South Asian officer Shabana Begum was one of the organisers for the trip. Shabana encouraged the families to bring healthy packed lunches for the Great British C Party rather than buying unhealthy food at the theme park. 49 people went on the trip including children. The day turned out to be a very beautiful day, very hot, was full of fun and rides for the families. All shared the packed lunches, on the menu was grilled chicken sandwiches, grilled lamb kebabs, vegetable patties, salad and mango milkshake.
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Catherine Corr - Health Day Workshops Manager
The residents and staff from King George’s Hostel in Westminster held a jam packed WHD celebration from 12.00 to 7.00. The reception was decorated with WHD and HCT balloons, posters and had an information stall with leaflets, cards and badges. More balloons all down the stairs and in the meeting room – residents and staff wearing WHD t-shirts they had designed and printed themselves with their strapline – 'Caring not Sharing’.
Healthy liver friendly snacks and fresh fruit and vegetable juices were available all day. Catherine and Kerry co-chaired 2 question and answer sessions on treatment and co-infection with a good attendance from staff and residents.
After a fun and lively quiz it was on to cooking a 3 course cheap and healthy meal. Everyone helped out and made it a fun learning experience.
Baroness Browning, who arrived for a visit right in the middle of the busiest time in the kitchen, was very impressed by all the activity and stayed to talk and ask questions about hepatitis. A yummy meal was then enjoyed by 20 hungry people.
Katrina Johnston - Scottish officer
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We had patients from Fife, Inverness, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dunfermline and NGO staff representatives from across the third sector including Waverley Care, HIV Scotland, Hepatitis Scotland and Addaction – thank you to all our collaborators. Information on prevention and up-to-date treatment services was available at information stalls and patients got the chance to share about their experiences with each other. The rain continued to pour down - but this did not deter numbers - the only drawback being we couldn’t release the multi-coloured Chinese lanterns into the air. Other than that small issue we together achieved solidarity and collaboration, dissemination of information, awareness-raising and patient support – not to mention fun.