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|Founder||Dame Sheila Sherlock|
|Purpose||To provide help and support relating to the health of the Liver|
British Liver Trust is a charitable organisation in The United Kingdom which has a focus in the health of the liver. Based in the town of Bournemouth, the Trust is made up of 14 employed members of staff who are supplemented by voluntary workers.
British Liver Trust has produced several campaigns on the liver, the most recent is Love Your Liver which is a national awareness campaign devoted to liver health awareness and giving people the key steps needed to keep their liver healthy.
In addition to this, the British Liver Trust also has links to support groups for people affected by Liver conditions, health professionals and research and publications. The work done by the British Liver Trust reaches over a million people a year.
The British Liver Trust is a charity dedicated to assisting anyone with liver disease in the United Kingdom. This is done by providing support to patients with Liver Disease, improving awareness, lobbying for improved services and funding research into the causes and treatments of Liver Disease.
British Liver Trust has a number of activities to aid in the fight against Liver Disease these include Services for patients such as support groups where the trust will assist in finding a local support group or in setting one up. The British Liver Trust Website also has a HealthUnlocked online Liver Support community. The Trust also produces a number of leaflets on liver diseases which is often reviewed by leading liver specialists and contains up to date, reliably sourced information. Two professional guides on viral hepatitis have also been produced by the Trust. Publications produced by the British Liver Trust have received an endorsement from the British Association for the Study of the Liver (BASL). These methods of support can be accessed via the British Liver Trust’s information line.
The Trust also has a focus in improving awareness on Liver Disease in order to educate the public about how to avoid liver disease this is often done by campaigns for example the Love Your Liver campaign which is one of the Trusts current campaigns.
Research into Liver Disease is supported by the British Liver Trust via fundraising. The Trust has also made many research awards in this field. The British Liver Trust is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC). Aims of the research include improving and expanding methods of prevention, detection and screening for all types of Liver disease, the improvement of liver treatment and the identification and addressing of medical and research needs in liver disease. The Trust works with a number of medical professionals in awareness, treatment and research.
The Trust runs several campaigns on a number of issues such as promotion of good liver health, effects of alcohol on the Liver, Liver transplants and Hepatitis. The aims of these campaigns are to make sure a patients voice is heard, improvement of patient services, promote early awareness of liver disease and to raise awareness.
Love Your Liver is one of the British Liver Trust’s campaigns. Love Your Liver is a national liver health awareness campaign launched in 2012 designed to inform people on factors that can cause liver damage and how they can be avoided. The campaigns website contains information on these factors as well as an online health scanner designed to assess liver health risks and provide some relevant advice. As part of the Love Your Liver campaign an app called Spruce has been developed which aims to help people regulate their alcohol intake by encouraging them to have three days off alcohol each week. Spruce is a free app and can be downloaded on the apple store.
Other campaigns run by the British Liver Trust are the Liver Task Force which develops and implements actions that would have been part of the scrapped National Liver Strategy, the Alcohol Health Alliance which campaigns for a new alcohol strategy such as a 50p minimum price per unit of alcohol, and the NHS Atlas of Variation in Healthcare for People with Liver Disease which aims to improve services and reduce inequality for liver patients.
British Liver Trust has been fundraising for over 25 years and raises over £500,000 a year to fund its activities.
In November of 2015, blues musician Walter Trout became a patron of the British Liver Trust. Trout found out that he had liver disease in 2013. After spending five months in a liver ward, he received a liver transplant in 2014. By 2015 he had recovered and was able to go on Tour in Europe. “I’m only still here because someone donated their liver” he said.
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