Concert for a Cure 

The countdown to the festive season has already begun and this year, CW+ is honoured to be the beneficiary of ‘Concert for a Cure’, an evening of festive songs and fun held at The Criterion Theatre, London on Monday 11 December. Tickets start at just £20 and all profits from ‘Concert for a Cure’ will go to CW+. This will enable us to look after our most critically ill Hepatitis C patients.

Your support will enable us to:

  • Care for more critically ill Hepatitis C patients
  • Support research to help eradicate viral Hepatitis C by 2030

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a virus that can affect the liver; you can acquire the virus by coming into contact with the blood of an infected person. Hepatitis C often doesn't have any noticeable symptoms until the liver has been significantly damaged, meaning that many people have the infection without realising it.

There are approximately 160,000 people chronically-infected with Hepatitis C in England and whilst it is treatable and curable, the majority of sufferers are undiagnosed and are not in touch with healthcare services. Between 2004-2013, hospital admissions from Hepatitis C related end-stage liver disease (ESLD) and liver cancer almost tripled and deaths more than doubled.

In 2016, the UK government joined 193 other member states at the 69th World Health Assembly in committing to eliminate viral Hepatitis C by 2030.

If this is to happen, we need to reduce the number of people becoming seriously ill or dying from the infection whilst at the same time reducing the number of people who become newly or re-infected.

Funds raised from Concert for a Cure will enable us to:

  • Fund a specialist research nurse at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, who will conduct studies to increase knowledge of the patient pathway and gather vital evidence to strengthen the case for expanding the cure programme, enabling access to curable treatments
  • Expand our Intensive Care Unit provision, providing more beds to care for the increasing number of patients who are chronically ill with Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C in numbers

160,000 Estimated number of people chronically infected with Hepatitis C

41,500 Hepatitis C population living in London

25% of England’s Hepatitis population who live in London

95% Percentage of patients who, if given access to NICE approved treatments, can be cured

2030 Target date for eliminating viral Hepatitis C