children’s TV favourites Dick and Dom welcomed Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans to the launch of the Haemophilia Society’s “Buddy Awards”.
Haemophilia is an inherited bleeding disorder, where essential clotting factors required for blood to clot normally are lacking. As the blood does not clot normally, bleeding episodes will not only last for longer, but bruising occurs after minor knocks and bumps and it is not uncommon for spontaneous bleeding to arise with no obvious cause.
Speaking after the launch, hosted by Dick and Dom, Mr Evans said: “I think that the ‘Buddy Awards’ are a great idea because they recognise the people who do so much for those vulnerable children who suffer from haemophilia – the families, carers, guardians, friends and teachers.
“It genuinely seems that there have been advances in genetic science meaning that the use of gene therapy to treat bleeding disorders is a real possibility. I am told that the research into haemophilia is still at an early stage, but gene therapy is a very encouraging prospect for the future.
“In the meantime, we must continue to support those who suffer from the disorder and those on whom the vulnerable rely so heavily.”