UK based charity, Teddington Trust, has joined forces with DHL Express UK to provide patients around the world living with Xeroderma Pigmentosum access to their products and services.
A rare genetic condition characterised by an extreme sensitivity to ultraviolet radiation, Xeroderma Pigmentosum patients must be protected from all daylight and artificial sources of ultra-violet light. The DNA repair disorder renders them a staggering 10,000 times more susceptible to aggressive skin cancers than the general population, and prone to complex neurological complications. Patients spend their entire life protected from and avoiding daylight.
Teddington Trust supports patients by providing practical and emotional support and now, joining forces with international express delivery specialists DHL Express, the charity will be able to send UV protective hats, gloves and film for free, as part of its corporate responsibility programme, to patients around the world. DHL will also support the shipping of the charity’s educational packs.
Shipping requirements have been a constant cost for the charity, which works tirelessly to secure funds to cover these costs in order to allow them to respond to every enquiry. The support of DHL Express will mean Teddington Trust can continue to access far reaching communities whilst concentrating funds on equipment and resources.
Nicola Miller, Teddington Trust said: “Month on month, our global reach becomes wider, as a growing number of patients contact us to access our patient information resources and to access life preserving UV protective items. We also have big plans across the UK for our national school programme in 2017, and this partnership ensures we can continue all of these services across the year ahead. We are very proud of this partnering and look forward to working with the team at DHL as we look to ship to Morocco, Japan, Pakistan and more in the year ahead.”
Sharon Davies, Director of Corporate Affairs, UK and Ireland, DHL said: “I’m really pleased to be able to leverage DHL’s expertise in international shipping to support the Teddington Trust. Their support is vital to improving the quality of life of those living with Xeroderma Pigmentosum and we’re proud to play a part in ensuring this much needed equipment reaches every corner of the world.”
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