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Introducing Mikaere

This is the story of Sam, Elly and Mikaere – our beautiful baby boy with Nonketotic Hyperglycinemia. NKH is a rare, terminal metabolic disorder Mikaere has inherited from Sam and Elly. Essentially, Mikaere can’t process glycine – a neurotransmitter. This causes seizures, severe developmental and learning delays and is pretty grim.

Treatment options are limited and every day is precious. We’re doing everything we can to fund a gene therapy cure for NKH. We’ve partnered with Joseph’s Goal to raise funds for the NKH Research done by Dr Nick Greene as part of UCL. He’s currently the world leader in NKH research, and we’re determined to give the research team the best shot at finding a cure for NKH.

Donate to NKH Research

We support the leading research done with Dr Nick Greene at UCL/Great Ormond St Hospital. Because NKH is so rare, every pound has a direct tangible effect on the research that can be done.

Please help us fund a cure for NKH.

Latest Posts

We blog about our day to day with Mikaere – the highs and lows. We’re as transparent as we can be.
11th June 2018

On the Van Hove Appeal

I’m not sure how to write about this. Prof. Van Hove’s research lab is set…
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4th June 2018

On Visiting Tenbury Wells

Last year when Mikaere was well, we took him to Tenbury Wells to introduce him…
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25th May 2018

On Getting a Second Crib for Mikaere

We have nurses who stay up with Mikaere twice a week. Mikaere sleeps in the…
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We fundraise for a future with

our son. It gives us hope when

things are tough.

We’ve partnered with Joseph’s Goal – UK’s only NKH charity. Joseph’s Goal funds research done by Prof Nick Greene with UCL/Great Ormond St Hospital.

We truly believe that the gene therapy research being done by Nick Greene gives Mikaere, and other children with NKH the best shot at a future. We’ve got our fingers crossed and our determined faces on.

We’ve raised



of at £100,000 goal

Thank you to everyone who has donated, bought one of our books, bought from the store or participated in one of our events. We love you!

Upcoming Events

Wine Tasting

Watch this space!

Based on the success of our last wine tasting in August we’re delighted to be doing a Winter Warmers version sometime in March. With spot prizes, hampers for raffles and nibbles to go with the wine pairings and a blind tasting it’ll be a fab afternoon. Particularly with the amazing Chris Cooke running the tasting.

We’ll also have wine by the glass available after the event and you can buy bottles of the wine you’ve tasted.

Watch this space!

Gin Tasting

Watch this Space!
Putney, London

Anyone who knows Elly knows this is her spirit of choice. Nothing like a beautiful summers day with an ice cold G&T. Together with Chris (their winemaster friend!) they’ve been exploring a few different gins and after a suggestion from the lovely Tess (their Quiz Master extraordinaire) we thought we’d try hold a gin tasting.

Are you keen? Send Elly a message to say you’d come!