Haemochromatosis (also known as Genetic Hemochromatosis) is a genetic disorder causing the body to absorb an excessive amount of iron from the diet (loading iron). The body cannot naturally get rid of the extra iron, and this is deposited and stored in different parts of the body such as the joints, skin, heart, liver, pancreas and other endocrine organs. This can lead to different symptoms including fatigue, joint pain, diabetes, heart disease, liver disease and associated cancer, and an increased risk of Dementia in men, amongst others.

Treatment for iron overload is regular "blood removal", known as Venesection, which slowly reduces the level of iron so that the remaining iron is used to make new blood cells.

Currently there is no routine screening for Haemochromatosis, and therefore diagnosis is often made late, by which time a person's iron levels can be extremely high.

My family have recently been affected by the Haemochromatosis diagnosis and because of this, I would like to do my bit to raise awareness of this little known genetic disorder, and to raise some money for Haemochromatosis UK. So I will be walking 10,000 steps (not counting any usual daytime steps but focussing on one walk of 10,000 steps) every day during March.

Please take time to look at the Haemochromatosis UK website which will give you many details about Haemochromatosis.

1.4.21 So yesterday was Day 31 - the final day of this challenge! In 31 days I have walked 359,890 steps and covered approximately 191 miles. I did not realise when I started that I would be walking 5 plus miles every day! Thank you all for your kind and generous donations which will help Haemochromatosis Uk with research and diagnosis. I am very grateful to you all. Lisa Kingston