Beachborough Mitochondrial Disease Lily Foundation

Form I and II Discovery Lecture

Last Wednesday children from Form I and II were treated to a fascinating lecture on ‘Mitochondrial Disease’. Claire Wright from the Lily Foundation talked about how this charity raises awareness and money to support families affected by Mitochondrial Disease as well as research into finding a cure. The children watched a short animation explaining that if your mitochondria are not working properly then your bodies cannot make enough energy to ensure your organs work correctly. They found out that our bodies contain around 25 thousand trillion mitochondria and 2000 can fit on the head of a pin! Claire shared her news that she had visited the House of Lords this week and told the children that a new law has just been passed to allow a new procedure which will help to prevent the disease. After a barrage of thoughtful questions from the children, Claire set a challenge to design a mitochondrial cell character. These interesting and colourful characters are now displayed on the Co-curricular information board in the entrance to the Boardman building. A huge thank you to Claire for delivering a super lecture in such an interesting and sensitive way.

Our next Discovery Lecture tonight, Tuesday 3rd March, is an exciting lecture by William Murray. A researcher with the ATLAS experiment at CERN and professor at Warwick University, he is just back from Geneva where he has spent the last 6 years discovering the Higgs boson.

If you would like your child to attend these lectures please email Mrs Sanders. vcs@beachborough.com as soon as possible.

Report by Verity Sanders