Fanconi Hope FA Conference and Family Fun Day Invitation

If you or a family member is affected by Fanconi Anaemia (FA) in the UK or Ireland, you are cordially invited to attend our Fanconi Anaemia Conference and Family Fun Day to be held at Twycross Zoo Conference Centre near Tamworth, northeast of Birmingham, on Saturday 14th October 2017 from 10.30am to 5pm, followed by an evening meal and overnight accommodation at the Appleby Park Hotel nearby. There is no charge for the event, meals or Saturday night accommodation.

Booking Form

  • Hear from a range of specialists about:-
    • Clinical management of FA and long term health issues,
    • Genetic and biological aspects of FA,
    • The latest developments in gene therapy research,
    • Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) IVF,
    • Oncological aspects of FA.
  • Hear first hand from FA parents and patients who have been through the mill.
  • Meet our new UK FA coordinator, Beth Lee, and hear more about family issues and the late effects of FA. She will introduce you to the new Fanconi Hope-funded Study into the long term health implications of FA and how you can contribute.
  • Take part at the event in an international research programme into the early detection of cancers run by Dr Eunike Veueller and Ralf Dietrich.
  • Talk to a representative from Anthony Nolan about bone marrow and stem cell donation and how you can help them.
  • Talk to a representative from Contact a Family to see how they can help you.
  • Learn more about the work of the charity and how you can help.
  • Enjoy an evening meal in relaxed surroundings with families and FA specialists at the Appleby Park Hotel nearby.

The FA Conference

The meeting will start with Refreshments at 10.30am, with a series of presentations and discussions starting at 11am and finishing at 5pm.

The Zoo and Indoor Play Area

  • There is an extensive indoor Play Area just outside the door of the conference venue and free day tickets are available on request for children to drop in as much as they like during the day.
  • Zoo tickets for adults and children are available free of charge for those who wish to have them (see booking form). The conference venue sits within the Zoo, giving you the opportunity to pop into the Zoo at any time during the day should you wish.
  • A number of Fanconi Hope helpers will be on hand to help out if required.
  • Free tickets are available for both the Play Area and the Zoo but these must be booked in advance using the booking form.


How to Book Places at the Conference, the Evening Meal, the Zoo and the Play Area

Please download and complete the Booking Form (even if you have previously expressed interest via Eventbrite).

You can either complete the pdf form electronically and email it to Bob Dalgleish at

or you can print it off, fill it in and post it back to the Secretary, Fanconi Hope, PO Box 905, Southsea PO1 9JG.

How to book the hotel for Saturday Night

Please reserve rooms direct with the Appleby Park Hotel by calling them on 01530 279500. Don’t forget to mention Fanconi Hope to receive the discounted rate. Please reserve rooms with your credit/debit card. You will not be charged for the reservation, and Fanconi Hope will pay the bill for your room after your stay.

Please note: should you wish to cancel the room reservation for any reason, you must do this direct with the hotel in sufficient time beforehand otherwise the charge for the room will go on your card.

If you wish to stay on Friday night also, we ask that you pay for this yourself as we are a small charity with limited funds. However, you can still mention Fanconi Hope to receive the same discounted rate.

The Venue and How to Get There 

Twycross Zoo, Burton Road (A444), Atherstone, CV9 3PX, (0844 474 1777).

(   Map to venue

The Zoo is conveniently located just 5 minutes from J11 of the M42 and 20 minutes from Tamworth and Nuneaton Train Stations. (Tamworth Station is recommended by the Zoo for best availability of taxis – Acorn Taxis 01827 63333)

Click here to download map of the zoo itself.

Appleby Park Hotel, Junction 11/M42, A444, Atherstone Road,  Appleby Magna near Tamworth, DE12 7AP (01530 279500)

Note: Please be careful not to confuse this hotel with the similarly named Appleby Hotel close by.


If you have any queries about the event please contact us online or call the Secretary, Bob Dalgleish on 0300 330 1410.

Also, to comply with the imminent General Data Protection Regulations, if you are happy to be contacted by Fanconi Hope again in the future could you please confirm this in your response.

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