The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2017: Donate to Antibiotic Research UK and have your donation DOUBLED

Peter Gibson Donate, Patient stories

As part of The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2017, donations to Antibiotic Research UK between midday (GMT) on 28th November and midday on 5th December 2017 will be doubled. Click here to be taken directly to the donation page.

For one week during The Big Give Christmas Challenge, every pound you give during the appeal will be matched by money promised to us by partners, doubling any donation you make. Your donation will therefore have twice the impact, making even more of a difference to ANTRUK, and at no extra cost to you.

The Big Give Christmas Challenge is the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign. Since the Big Give launched the campaign in 2008, The Big Give Christmas Challenge has raised over £78 million for more than 2,800 charity projects.

Alison Staples, Head of Fundraising at Antibiotic Research UK explains: “The week of The Big Give Christmas Challenge is a fantastic opportunity for you to give to a worthwhile cause. This campaign means that if you give £20, then £40 goes towards fighting antibiotic resistance. If you are able to claim Gift Aid for your donation, then your money will go even further still! Please spread the word to anyone you might know that would be interested in supporting our work.”

Professor Colin Garner, Chief Executive of Antibiotic Research UK adds: “Antibiotic resistance is affecting us all. Tens of thousands are already dying, and millions may die if we do nothing. Your doubled donation is crucial in funding our research programmes, which have already produced promising results. We are incredibly grateful for your support.”

“Monies raised to date have funded research into developing new potential breakthrough therapies to treat infections such as ESBL E-coli and CRE. To progress our research further please help us by donating. So far we have been promised £12,000 by donors and Big Give sponsors. Help us to increase the total sum raised to £24,000 by giving any amount however big or small.”

Supporting our appeal is Miriam- a 34-year-old musician who was first diagnosed with an antibiotic-resistant ESBL bacteria in 2013. She has had multiple episodes of Urosepsis which has required urgent intravenous (IV) antibiotics and is now on permanent IV antibiotics which are rotated to extend their effectiveness. However, as bacteria evolve and more and more drug-resistant strains develop, the battle to treat Miriam becomes harder.

Miriam is married and one day hopes to become a mother. But she needs antibiotics to keep working to give her more time.

All donations must be made online via the Big Give website between noon on 28th November and noon on 5th December. The link to the Big Give website: