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The Ciliopathy Alliance is one of three good causes supported by the funds raised by the St Peter's May Fair 2017. The Ciliopathy Alliance works with patient support groups, researchers and health professionals to support patients and families living with and affected by ciliopathies - diseases caused by defects in the function or structure of cilia. Dysfunctional cilia are known to underlie a number of often chronically disabling and sometimes life-threatening genetic conditions. They affect multiple systems, causing blindness, deafness, chronic respiratory infections, kidney disease, heart disease, infertility, obesity and diabetes. Over 20 ciliopathies have been identified and more are suspected, with an estimated 1 in 1,000 people affected. The charity's aim is to improve the quality of life for people living with ciliopathy syndromes and conditions.

What is the link to St Peter's? Claire Glen, PCC member and May Fair 2017 organiser has been a Trustee of the Ciliopathy Alliance since 2014 and in that role is committed to raising both awareness and money to support those suffering from these rare conditions. For more information see The Ciliopathy Alliance website here.
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Our charity collections at St Peter's this Christmas, 2016 will be shared between the Caxton Youth Organisation (a local charity supporting children with learning difficulties in this area), Centrepoint (a youth homelessness charity in London) and USPG Syria (working in Lebanon with refugee children).
From Easter 2016 we have been particularly supporting:
Samaritans, The Passage and the Saakshar education project for slum children in Delhi.

The Samaritans help people in times of acute crisis and despair. They are there whenever someone needs help, at any time of day or night. Callers can talk for as long as they like, as many times as they like. The service is confidential, and there's no waiting list or assessments. They don’t skirt around issues, and are not afraid to go into deep and difficult areas, listening without judgement. Anyone can call the national number: FreeCall 116 123 (UK) or the London Branch on 020 7734 2800. Their website is here: http://www.samaritans.org/branches/central-london-samaritans http://www.samaritans.org/branches/central-london-samaritans
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The Passage is London’s largest voluntary sector resource centre for homeless and vulnerable people, helping up to 200 men and women each day. Their eight-strong team of Outreach Workers makes contact, often late at night or early in the morning, with those sleeping rough in Victoria as they are bedding down or getting up each day. Passage House hostel has 40-beds and the 16 self-contained studio flats in Montfort House have staff support on site and specialise in helping very long term rough sleepers. The Passage treats clients with respect and dignity, offering professional and appropriate advice and help according to the their needs and aspirations, agreeing a time limited action plan with the aim of supporting them out of homelessness. For more information see The Passage website here.
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Fr Ralph has supported Saakshar since 2003, soon after it began. Saakshar (‘Literate’) helps slum children in India’s capital city, Delhi, to go to school and complete their education. It helps boys and girls, but particularly girls, who are very disadvantaged and often do not get the chance to go to school in India. For slum children the absence of education is a life sentence of poverty. Parents who cannot read or write work long hours just to survive, and often cannot send their children to school. Saakshar provides a year of preparation for these poor children, then supports them throughout their school life. After that it gives guidance and invaluable skills training to help get them into valuable work. It helps their families too, teaching literacy to parents and providing training in computing and dressmaking. Fr Ralph tries to visit Saakshar each year and was there in January 2016. For more information see the Saakshar School Appeal website here slum school project in Delhi.

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