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Phil Godfrey, of Solihull, visits Southwell Rotary Club as part of fundraising mission to help raise awareness of antiphospholipid syndrome

A grieving husband who has raised £138,000 for research into an incurable condition is to visit Southwell Rotary Club.

Phil Godfrey (right) 70, from Solihull, is travelling the country by train to raise awareness of antiphospholipid syndrome, which caused the death of his wife.

After hearing about Phil’s efforts, which has seen him travel more than 39,000 miles and visit 125 rotary clubs, Southwell’s branch invited him to its Saracens Head Hotel meeting today, where he will explain APS and his late wife’s story.

Phil Godfrey. (28022378)
Phil Godfrey. (28022378)

“Christine began suffering symptoms similar to multiple sclerosis,” he said.

“It took ten years for her to be sent to a specialist at St Thomas Hospital, London, which diagnosed APS (a disorder of the immune system that causes an increased risk of blood clots).

“By this time though she had lost use of all her limbs until she was paralysed from the neck down.

His late wife Christine with the family dog. (28022368)
His late wife Christine with the family dog. (28022368)

“For an active, still young and independent woman, being crippled in this way was unimaginable.

“Appallingly, had she had an early diagnosis, this could have been prevented.”

After her death, Phil decided it was imperative to educate the public and chose to raise awareness with a walk from the Isles of Scilly to the Shetland Islands.

He also raised much-needed funds for APS Support UK to inform doctors on how to recognise the symptoms and offer support to anyone affected by the condition.

However, the challenge took a huge blow after 400 miles when he suffered a severe knee problem, which required an operation.

Phil said the need for the challenge remained, so he embarked on The Round Britain Rail Tour with the same objective.

A new goal has since come to his mind, with the aim of kick starting an eLearning training course in conjunction with the Royal Society of GPs to educate professionals.

The find out more about Phil’s story, or to donate, attend the meeting today from 7pm.


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