Thank-you very much for making donations via PayPal and directly into our bank. As you know, the charity is entirely dependent on donations to do what it does, and your donations are mostly used to pay for methylcobalamin to send out to people that need it.
The badges, diaries, equipment, banners etc were all prepared using the grants from The Big Lottery and County Durham Community Foundation, who specified that their grants could only be used for these purposes.
I've had an email recently from someone who says they placed an order on PayPal. Thanks very much, but of course it didn't go into the system so it didn't get processed. On principle, we send methylcobalamin to people who request it (as long as we have evidence that you have already received injections of B12 from one source or another), and we don't tie this up with the donations, as so many people can't afford to pay. That's why we are so grateful to everyone who donates and especially to those who donate more than our costs or donate even though they don't get methylcobalamin from us!
What this means is that you must order via the members' area on the website, or we simply won't see it. If you order by email, then I often won't see it as I'm behind on answering email. Please use the website. It takes your address, your requirement, and puts it out in a format that goes straight through our label printer so my wife can pack the package and take it to the post office. Any other method just creates too much work.
Thank-you everyone. And just another apology - my day job is still very demanding and has been for the last 4 months, so i am struggling to find time to do the charity especially answering emails. So if you feel neglected, you probably are.
The definitive and original guide to B12 deficiency, Dr Chandy interviewed by Chris Jackson of UK BBC Inside Out Team broadcast 31 Oct 2008.
Dr Joseph Chandy explains symptoms and shows the restorative effect on one patient (other patients' families have asked that we edit out their stories unfortunately)
Dr Chandy was nominated for the North East Local Heroes award. The interviewer was at first surprised - people don't get awards for doing what they are paid to do - but she persisted.
June describes her suffering when doctors didn't follow the standard protocol after any stomach or intestinal operation - to offer B12 replacement therapy
Julia found her eyesight going as her eyes refused to focus on the same things as each other. She's been for all sorts of tests and treatment, but now that she's on B12 replacement therapy she's starting to see an improvement.
The local MP (Grahame Morris MP for Easington - who was a BMS (BioMedical Scientist) in the labs at Sunderland Royal Infirmary) interviews people with B12 deficiency to hear their story (August 27 2010). Here Jane describes the symptoms, and how she can't wait for her next B12 injection (in fact, she knows that she needs injections every 2 weeks because she's keeping a diary of the symptoms). We're restricted how often the GP can give injections, which is why we want to raise awareness.
New documentary out from Elissa Leonard in North America, featuring Sally Pacholok and many other internationally renowned experts.
The Scottish Parliament discusses Pernicious Anaemia and vitamin B12 deficiency on Wednesday 7 March 2012.
This video is over 1 hour long and represents real political change - we are at last on our way.
Janette first appeared in the BBC InsideOut documentary in October 2006. Since then the NHS has forced her doctor to withdraw B12 replacement therapy on a number of occasions, and she tells of her struggles with having B12 and then having it taken away.
She has bravely agreed to be filmed without her usual wig, but her memory is playing up because it is so long since her last injection.
Frankie tells of how she suffered, the tests she had to endure until doctors worked out what was wrong, and what a difference it has made.
Donna, like so many women, wants to live a normal life. Vitamin B12 could give her that chance.