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Skin expert to make marathon effort

29 Mar 2010

Chris Griffiths, Professor of Dermatology at The University of Manchester, is hoping to raise £80,000 for the British Skin Foundation when he takes part in the Virgin London Marathon.

Chris Griffiths is busy training for the Virgin London Marathon

Chris, who as well as being a world-renowned expert on the skin condition psoriasis is Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, has already received pledges totalling more than £24,000 ahead of the April 25 race.

“If I manage to raise the full £80,000 it will not only be a tremendous feat for both me and the charity but it will represent a penny for every person in the UK who is affected by a skin disease,” said Chris, who is based at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.

“The British Skin Foundation is the only national charity that supports and funds research into all skin conditions. Skin disease is a lot more common than most people think, affecting up to a quarter of the population at any one time and now accounts for more GP visits than any other group of diseases.”

To make a donation to Chris’s appeal visit www.justgiving.com/Chris-Griffiths

Notes for editors

For further information contact:

Aeron Haworth
Media Relations
Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences
The University of Manchester

Tel: 0161 275 8383
Email: aeron.haworth@manchester.ac.uk