About

Did you know…

Our Chief Executive, Christine Lavery, has been involved with the MPS Society since its beginning in 1982. Christine was awarded the Member of British Empire for her services to metabolic diseases by the Queen in the New Year’s Honours List for 2002.

Then in 2006 Christine received ‘A Life Time Award’ from the International MPS Community.

Did you know…

The MPS Society is now over 30 years old! Since 1982 we have been supporting families affected by MPS, Fabry and related diseases, funding research and raising awareness.

Some of our achievements include leading international collaboration, collecting 33 years of data on MPS diseases, supporting specialist clinics and funding ground-breaking research, which included finding the MPSII Hunter gene.

One of the MPS Society’s key aims is SUPPORT. In 2015 our hard-working Advocacy Support Team made over 50 home visits, all over the UK and Ireland, to sufferers and their families, performed 15 school talks and attended over 45 meetings to discuss our members’ social care, housing and education needs.

About Us

The Society for Mucopolysaccharide Diseases (MPS Society) is the only registered UK charity providing professional support to individuals and families affected by MPS and related Lysosomal Storage Diseases throughout the UK.

The MPS Society was established in 1982 by our Chief Executive, Christine Lavery MBE after her son, Simon, passed away following a diagnosis of MPS II, Hunter disease. Since then, the MPS Society has developed into the leading provider of information and support for MPS and related diseases, working with medical professionals and scientists to meet our three aims:

  • To support families and carers and ensure all individuals with MPS and related diseases have access to best practice in diagnosis, treatment and care.
  • To fund and promote research into the causes, effects and treatments of these severely life-limiting diseases.
  • To increase public awareness of these rare conditions and campaign for change – to change the lives of children, adults and their families for the future.

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Society for Mucopolysaccharide Diseases

  • MPS House
  • Repton Place
  • White Lion Road
  • Amersham
  • Buckinghamshire
  • HP7 9LP
  • UK

  Tel: 0345 389 9901
All Ireland Advocacy Officer: 077862 58336 or 02895 047779

  Fax: 0345 389 9902
  mps@mpssociety.org.uk

Registered as a charity in England and Wales, Charity No. 1143472
Charity registered in Scotland, Charity No. SC041012
Registered company limited by guarantee in England and Wales, Company No. 7726882

Who are we?

Who are we? The MPS Society is the only registered UK charity providing professional support to individuals, families and professionals affected by MPS and related diseases throughout the UK. Our Trustees Our Board of Trustees currently has 10 members. Trustees

Our Strategy

Our Strategy “The MPS Society has achieved a worldwide reputation for its pioneering advocacy support activities and its contribution to the development of treatments for ultra-orphan diseases.” Christine Lavery, Founder and Chief Executive Officer In 2017 we will be celebrating

Our Donor & Fundraiser Promise

The Society for Mucopolysaccharide Diseases is committed to fundraising in an honest and transparent way.  In giving a voice to children and adults with 25 ultra-rare diseases means we are completely reliant on the goodwill and generosity of our supporters and donors

Our Policies

POLICY STATEMENT   The Society for Mucopolysaccharide Diseases (MPS Society) by adopting best practice across all aspects of its role and activities is constantly seeking initiatives which add value to its members, supporter and the wider MPS community. The MPS

Our Trustees

Paul Moody – Chair Paul is from Leeds, West Yorkshire and has a wife and three children including Ollie who has MPSVI.  Paul has been in engineering since leaving school and has worked his way up to being Managing Director

Our Accounts & Reports

Our Accounts & Reports If you would like to know more about what the MPS Society does, its staff and trustees, and its finances, you can download our Annual Review and Accounts, both past and present here. Annual Review and

Our Employees

Christine Lavery MBE Group Chief Executive Christine Lavery was appointed Chief Executive of the Society for Mucopolysaccharide and Related Diseases (MPS) in 1993. During her time at MPS she has taken the charity to new heights, employing 17 members of

How we first began

How we first began The Society for Mucopolysaccharide Diseases was founded in May 1982. It had only 40 families spread throughout the UK and the support provided was on a voluntary basis. This changed and in 1983 the first ever

Working Collaboratively

Working Collaboratively What are LSD’s? Lysosomal storage disorders (LSDs) are a group of approximately 50 rare inherited metabolic disorders that result from defects in lysosomal function. Lysosomal storage disorders result when a specific organelle in the body’s cells – the

MPS House

MPS House MPS House is a national source of authoritative advice and information, a place where learning and teaching about MPS and Related Lysosomal Storage Diseases can be shared, and a focal point for the UK-wide MPS Society. The first

Services we provide

Services we provide   We provide a range of support services for our members and their families, which includes: An individual needs-led Advocacy Support Service Support, information and advice in relation to: housing, education, benefits, independent living, employment, transition, medical management

Our main achievements

Our main achievements Pioneering Advocacy Support Service The seeds of the MPS Advocacy Support Service so acclaimed today were sown over 30 years ago when the Trustees recognised that befriending and information whilst important were not going to make the