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By Kofi Dwinfour

Three members of Parliament (MP) and a member of the House of Lords have publicly expressed their support for SKIN DEEP and the work the charity is doing. They are:

Baroness Masham of Ilton; Sir Edward Leigh, MP for Gainsborough; John Pugh, MP for Southport; and Karl McCartney JP, MP for Lincoln.

All four are members of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Skin (APPGS). The APPGS was established in 1994 and aims to increase understanding about skin care issues in Parliament and to achieve improvements in the treatment and management of patients with skin disease. It also provides an unbiased means of responding to threats to dermatology services and acts as a forum for partners in skin care to engage with politicians with an interest in the issue.

The APPGS has a large and active membership that includes MPs from all political parties, members of the House of Lords, health professionals, patient groups and commercial interests.

Baroness Masham in her statement said:

“Skin Deep Behind the Mask is the first organisation that I am aware of that aims to provide support for all types of skin disease patients. It is such a pleasure to lend my support."

Sir Edward Leigh said:

“Rarely will we read that the prevalence of skin disease exceeds that of cancer.  ‘Skin Deep Behind the Mask’ has contributed to highlighting this fact.”

John Pugh stated:

“I warmly welcome the establishment of Skin Deep Behind the Mask as a further, much needed resource to tackle the impact of skin conditions across the UK.”

Karl McCartney asserted that:

 “The work Skin Deep Behind the Mask do to help and support sufferers of these conditions is absolutely pivotal.”

We are very grateful to these MPs and Baroness Masham for their support. However, you don’t have to be an MP or Lord to support SKIN DEEP Behind the Mask. You can help us in many ways. You can donate money (you decide how much). You can give the gift of your time by becoming a volunteer.

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The prevalence of skin disease exceeds that of obesity, hypertension, or cancer. Despite skin being the largest organ of the human body, dermatological research remains one of the most under funded areas of medicine. In a world where society has an increasing preoccupation with image and it’s importance to every aspect of a person’s life, sufferers of skin diseases are feeling and being more marginalised and isolated than ever.

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