Golf tournament raises £5,001 for the National Amyloidosis Centre

Friern Barnet Centennial Lions Club roared into action recently with a golf tournament at Bush Hill Park Golf Course, raising an impressive £5,001 for the Royal Free Charity.

The day was arranged in memory of their friend Dilip Mandalia, a hard-working and dedicated secretary of the club, who sadly lost his battle with the condition amyloidosis at a young age. The aim of the tournament was to raise funds for the Royal Free Hospital’s National Amyloidosis Centre – the UK’s only centre dedicated to the treatment of and research into the condition.

Amyloidosis is the name for a group of rare, serious conditions caused by a build-up of an abnormal protein called amyloid in organs and tissues throughout the body. The build-up of amyloid proteins (deposits) can make it difficult for the organs and tissues to work properly. Without treatment, this can lead to organ failure.

The day itself – organised by Lions Nilesh Vaghadia, Harish Vekaria, Dominic Fernandes, Dilip Vora, and Kumar Acharya – involved golf, lots of it, with prizes for the winning team, longest drive, nearest to the pin, and individual stableford winner. This was followed by dinner and presentation from the Royal Free Hospital’s Professor Lachman, who specialises in amyloidosis and the auto inflammatory diseases.

Speaking after the event, Nilesh said; “We hope that the funds raised on the day will enable the National Amyloidosis Centre to further their research into better treatment for the condition.”

The Lions, a local chapter of the worldwide humanitarian organisation, with 46,000 clubs in over 210 countries, supports community projects and charities.


Photo: Members of the Lions Club presented a cheque for £5,001 to Professor Helen Lachmann, Clinical Lead at the National Amyloidosis Centre