Our Fantastic Donors

Over the last ten years, we have calculated that over 850 individual people (March 2018) have donated to the Fungal Infection Trust using our Virgin Money Giving donation facility. There have been over 1350 donations in that time. Hundreds more people have given direct to our fundraisers during the organised events.

Many more have given us donations via cheque and cash, though they are much more difficult for us to count so we cannot quickly come up with a total number going back that far, but it is probably safe to say that total numbers of people who have given to the Fungal Infection Trust exceed 2000.

We are currently receiving over £10 000 per year from personal donations, which is a measure of the concern and commitment to the aims of the Fungal Infection Trust. FIT also successfully applies for grants to support its work from several different organisations every year, but the commitment of the individual people who support us counts for far more than mere funding. Every time someone donates we have another new person who has become aware of our activities and of the need to find ways to better find, diagnose and treat serious fungal infections such as aspergillosis.

The Fungal Infection Trust is a small charity that supports lots of research and ensures that the amount spent on administration is minimised, consequently we employ no staff and operate with the minimum of paperwork. Because of this there may well be donors we have not thanked directly but please be reassured every penny counts and every penny raised is deeply appreciated.

We have considered making a list of donors available on our website so we can confirm receipt of all donations, but we are advised against that due to concerns over privacy. If anyone is concerned about a donation please get in touch at admin@fungalinfectiontrust.org

Thank you

More Information

The FIT is trying to raise £130,000 to fund a programme of research to understand the genetics of these fungal illnesses. 

A particular form of allergic fungal infection of the lung, called allergic pulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA), complicates not only some severe asthma patients but also those with cystic fibrosis and bronchiectasis. These patients develop an allergy to the spores of the fungus, which all of us breathe daily, which leads to lung damage. It is often not recognised until late on and if not spotted and treated with antifungal medicine, this  can lead to permanent lung damage called fibrosis.

 Why do some people get fungal illness and not others – is it in your genes?

We already have evidence that indicates genetics is involved. We need to take this research to the next stage – if we understand what role genetics plays in getting this disease – we hope to achieve better outcomes and improve the quality of life for thousands of people. 

 The programme of research will assess how tyrosine kinases work in airways cells in the presence and absence of aspergillus fungus.

Many genes are involved, including those associated with the recognition of aspergillus in the lungs and those associated with processing of foreign antigens by the immune system. Some other genetic links which are not yet well understood, relate to cell – cell junctions and proteins (enzymes) called tyrosine kinases which affect cell- cell adherence and communication channels in a cell.

The programme of research will assess how tyrosine kinases work in airways cells in the presence and absence of aspergillus. An assessment of the specific genetic differences in patients with the allergic-type of aspergillus illness will be studied with the goal of improving diagnosis and treatment for sufferers if FIT can raise the funds required.