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Over £5000 Raised for Scleroderma by Priors Period Ironmongery

December 14, 2014

written by Vicki Bale
Priors Period Ironmongery Raises Money For Scleroderma

Priors Period Ironmongery Raises Money For Scleroderma



We have now raised over £5000 for this wonderful cause in memory of my late husband Martin Foley who died from the condition last November. The money has been raised via the efforts of family and friends, from the Prudential London Cycle event and from donations from Priors.

Priors has given £1 per transaction to the cause for most of 2014 and will continue in 2015. If you would like to make a donation please click the link – Martin Foley Donate

If you have never heard of Scleroderma, neither had we until Martin was diagnosed with it many years ago. Scleroderma comes from the Greek meaning ‘hard skin’ and is a connective tissue disease that affects the skin and other internal organs. It is an autoimmune condition, involving the over production of collagen and blood vessel damage. Excess collagen is laid down in these organs which results in scarring and reduced function of the affected organs. Scleroderma can cause physical disability and be life threatening as the skin, joints, tendons, and parts of internal organs can all be affected. Autoimmune conditions occur when the body’s tissues are attacked by its own immune system. Around 8,000 people in the Uk suffer, with many more going undiagnosed.

The Scleroderma Society was founded in 1982 to provide support for both people with scleroderma and their families. The disease often left people isolated and alone given the rarity of the condition, so the Society was established to provide support and information about scleroderma to anyone affected.

Since its birth, the Society has developed considerably and continues to expand its activities, membership numbers and the services it offers. Everyone involved in the Society cares deeply about raising awareness and research for this rare condition and supporting those diagnosed with it.

If you give to Scleroderma, money goes towards:


Services include a free helpline, an annual conference, a network of local groups across the UK, a members’ assistance fund, an online discussion forum, a popular quarterly newsletter and an extensive range of literature on scleroderma.


Scleroderma is a rare condition and they strive to increase awareness among the general public and the medical profession to improve early diagnosis and prognosis.


There is as yet no cure for scleroderma and the exact causes of the disease are still unknown. The Society, its volunteers and fundraisers, raise vital funds used for scientific and medical research into the causes and possible treatments for scleroderma.


To learn more about Scleroderma and the Scleroderma Society Click Here Scleroderma Society


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Martin Foley who passed away last year.

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