Fundraising News: Woman raffles her house in support of Hughes Syndrome

A little-known medical charity is set to receive a £17,000 windfall after a supporter decided to raffle her house to raise funds.

Doreen McLaren from Petworth, West Sussex, plans to sell 8,500 tickets at £100 each, and will donate £2 from each ticket to specialist blood disorder charity the Hughes Syndrome Foundation.

McLaren decided to support the charity after seeing the syndrome featured on BBC1's City Hospital programme last June and realising that she was a sufferer.

The programme, which follows the daily routine at Guy's and St Thomas' hospitals in central London, showed a patient being diagnosed with Hughes Syndrome, coined 'sticky blood syndrome' by medics because sufferers often form blood clots. McLaren, who is now receiving treatment, had suffered undiagnosed for eight years.

"We are delighted Mrs McLaren chose to highlight Hughes Syndrome in such a unique way," said the charity's foundation manager Katharine Lawson.

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