Warlingham based charity The Lily Foundation was founded in 2007 by Liz Curtis MBE in memory of her daughter Lily, who died from mitochondrial disease at eight months old.

Finding little in the way of specialist knowledge or support available to help her through her ordeal, she set out to provide answers for herself and others in her situation.

Caterham Rotary Club are very pleased to be donating from their Christmas collections to this caring charity where currently there is no known cure for mitochondrial disease.

Rotary President Steve Woplin commented “We know that there have been important steps made by The Lily Foundation with the NHS in making diagnosis faster, easier and less invasive to the patient, and that some promising research into effective treatments is underway. The more that is learned about the disease the closer they will be to finding a cure.”

In reply Founder and Chief Executive Liz said “We are delighted to have been chosen this year as a beneficiary by Caterham Rotary and remember in our very early days going to visit them and telling them about Lily and the charity we had set up in her memory.  We could not have achieved what we have to date without the belief and support of our local community who have supported us since day one and we cannot thank you all enough.”

Photo features Liz at a Lily Foundation young adult’s support weekend at The Calvert Trust Keswick.