Local hotel to hold charity race night in support of AGSD

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The Wheatley Hotel on Thorne Road, Doncaster will be holding a charity race night on Friday, August 14 to raise funds and awareness for the *AGSD charity.

The event is organised by hotel manager Julie Bowland and local builder Damo Newton, and will start at 7pm.

Come along for a fun evening, buy a horse for the night or sponsor a race, there will be cash prizes to be won and a raffle.

Arthur Allen is a local little boy who suffers from the life long illness *AGSD, it is a potentially life threatening disease and requires 24 hour care and many hospital visits.

If you think you can sponsor a race or donate a raffle prize, please contact Julie on 01302 364092.

*There are at least ten distinct types of GSD. They are classified by a number and by the name of the defective enzyme, and sometimes by the name of the doctor who first described the condition. For example, GSD I, a defect in the enzyme glucose-6-phosphatase, is also known as Von Gierke Disease. Some GSD Types have subtypes, such as 1a and 1b. There used to be a GSD Type VIII resulting from lack of phosphorylase-b-kinase activity but this has now be reclassified as a subtype of GSD VI.

GSD can affect the liver, the muscles or both. Diagnosis of the type of GSD is made on the basis of an individual’s symptoms, the results of a physical examination and of biochemical tests. Occasionally, a muscle or liver biopsy is required to confirm the actual enzyme defect. Increasingly DNA testing is a help in diagnosis.

All forms of GSD, except some forms of Type IX (liver phosphorylase kinase deficiency), occur when a child inherits the affected gene from both parents (autosomal recessive inheritance) each of whom is a carrier but not affected themselves. This means that for each pregnancy there is a 1 in 4 chance that the child will inherit both defective genes and thereby be affected. * The Association of for Glycogen Storage Disease UK