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« on: July 23, 2011, 12:42:22 PM »

For those of you unaware, UKDL is the only genetic database that is currently being run under governmental jurisdiction, however it's future is in doubt due to funding cuts.
I have been sent a letter seeking assistance/letters of support for UKDL, which I have put below:

Dear Colleagues
 
As you are aware, UK DonorLink is facing closure; this is now scheduled for the end of October.  We are therefore asking you for immediate letters of support to try and prevent this happening.
 
When the criteria changed for our previous Government funding stream making us ineligible for further grants, the Public Health Minister Anne Milton asked the HFEA to take on responsibility for us.  They declined in December 2010 on the grounds that their own future was uncertain and that they were anyway facing major cuts in their budget.  In April 2011, the Government made us a 60,000 transition grant with a view to us finding alternative sustainable self funding (our annual running costs are 85,000).
 
We have made strenuous efforts to seek alternative funding, details of which I could supply on request.  Suffice it to say that we have been wholly unsuccessful.  You may be aware that in addition to the dire financial situation facing many charities throughout the UK, the experience of all charities associated with fertility matters is that this is an especially difficult area for attracting funds.
 
We have this week met with the lead civil servant at the Dept of Health, Steve Pugh, and informed him of the current situation.  He also met with our Registrants Panel and Advisory Group and was left with no doubt as to the strength of feeling among them about the disastrous effect that closure would have on them and potential registrants.  It was a very emotional meeting.
 
We have been asked to provide a detailed account of our fundraising efforts in a letter to the Minister.  It is clear that further political pressure on her is crucial.  We are therefore asking for letters of support from individuals and organisations to be sent either to Freda Atherton, Manager UK Donor Link so that we can include them in our submission OR to be sent direct to Anne Milton, Public Health Minister with a copy to Freda.  Time is of the essence so we ask for these to be sent immediately.
 
Freda Atherton
UK DonorLink
Hollyshaw House
2 Hollyshaw Lane
Whitkirk
Leeds LS15 7BD
 
Anne Milton
Public Health Minister
Dept of Health
Richmond House
79 Whitehall
London
SW1A 2NS
anne.milton.mp@parliament.uk
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