Sir Archibald Garrod was an English physician who first described AKU. On the 25th of November we celebrate Garrod Day as it’s Sir Archibald Garrod’s birthday. We are hosting coffee mornings a day later so everyone can host their own coffee mornings in their workplaces.
Garrod is best known for his scientific study of inborn errors of metabolism. He had a childhood interest with colour variations and he took particular notice of how the colour of urine changed. Due to this he began to study alkaptonuria. He collected family history information as well as urine from his patients and in 1902, published a paper called The Incidence of Alkaptonuria: a Study in Chemical Individuality
. This was the first published account of a case of recessive inheritance in humans. He received honorary degrees from the universities of Aberdeen, Dublin, Glasgow, Malta, and Padua in recognition of pioneering a new field of medicine.
Garrod Day Today
Almost 116 years on from Garrod’s description of AKU, the AKU Society has an unlicensed treatment, nitisinone, which has been shown, through our National AKU Centre, that it halts or slows the degenerative progression of the disease.
Hosting your own coffee morning can seem daunting, which is why the AKU Society will support your preparations every step of the way. We have our own fundraising pack, filled with tips for success and recipe ideas. If you’re still stuck on baking ideas, then check out this link for coffee morning recipe ideas
to get you inspired to bake.
Last year was a huge success, and we wish to replicate this. We sold rocky road, lemon cake, vegan flapjacks and a chocolate yule log. We also sold our AKU Christmas cards, which we will be selling again this year. If you’re keen to start your Christmas preparations early, you can order AKU Christmas cards here
. Everyone at the AKU Society is excited to celebrate Garrod Day and raise money for AKU.
Make sure to keep an eye out during the week after Garrod Day for a cake filled blog celebrating the day’s successes!
Fancy hosting your own Garrod Day coffee morning? Email our fundraising officer Juliet, email@example.com
, to get your own fundraising pack and ideas to raise as much money as possible for Garrod Day.