Martin always looked a picture of health with 'good colour', always put down to outdoor activities and sport. Ill-health conditions started at the age of 52 with his first hip replacement. He gradually had other problems, spinal degeneration requiring surgery, worsening arthritis, a second hip replacement, and notably liver disease.

Over the past 5 years, Martin became increasingly unwell and disabled. He wasn't diagnosed with haemochromatosis until recently. We found awareness of this condition very limited and would like to support Haemochromatosis UK in their efforts to bring this condition to the attention of more of the medical community and public in general, and to fund further research.

Genetic haemochromatosis is the most common genetic condition in people of Northern European ancestry - about one in 150 people are affected.

Clare and Amelia Hughes