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Dear Members, Associate Members, Honorary Members, Carers, Friends of Angioma Alliance (UK), Neurologists, Neurosurgeons and Geneticists associated with Angioma Alliance UK,

The board and I invite you to attend the International Angioma Alliance UK Forum on Saturday 7th June, 2008, to be held in the Orion Suite, Grange Holborn Hotel, 50-60 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4AR, England, from 0900 to 1700.

As with last year's Forum, the entire event is free (including a buffet-style lunch for those registered), to all registered participants, thanks to our sponsor, The Batty Charitable Trust. The trust is a grant-making trust. Its income is derived from gifts made by the Estate of the late Christina Batty (otherwise known as Christina Foyle).

The Angioma Alliance UK Forum will take place beginning with registration at 0830. The first speaker will begin at 0900 (prompt.) Confirmed speakers are Dr. Connie Lee, President, Angioma Alliance; Professor Issam Awad (from Chicago), a neurosurgeon, educator and scholar (worth checking out his website www.issamawad.com) our own medical adviser, Mr. Neil Kitchen, consultant neurosurgeon at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London; and Mr. Ian Sabin, consultant neurosurgeon at the Royal London Hospital & St Bartholomew's Hospital, London. Members' suggestions were listened to by the board. Lunch (no charge) will be followed by afternoon sessions where members will meet for structured but informal workshops.

Accommodation
Reduced-rate accommodation is available at the five-star Grange Holborn Hotel (address above - same location as the conference). Their normal rate in June is 250 per night. But for those attending the Angioma Alliance (UK) Forum the figure has been reduced to "only" 84.25 plus VAT (17.5%) per night. You may want to look at the hotel on their website (Based on last year's stay, I cannot recommend the Grange Holborn highly enough.) The hotel, situated in Bloomsbury, is two minutes walk from Holborn tube station. Holborn is on the central line. Talk with the hotel about parking.

You will need to make your own reservation by e-mailing Angioma Alliance (UK's) contact, Neepa N. Gandhi, on neepa.g@grangehotels.com . Your email should include the following: a credit card number to hold the room (no charge is made against the card until the member leaves. At that point the cardholder can choose whether to use her/his credit card or pay by cash if they prefer); the group reservation number which is 060608N and whether you need the room just for Friday 6th June 2008 or Friday 6th June and Saturday 7th June. Hotel bookings need to be made by 25 April 2008 to get the special rate. At the time of the email, please indicate whether a double or twin bedded room is required. (NB. The price is for the room NOT the person so you can save money by sharing. Maybe this ikon board might be a good posting site for members of the same gender wishing to share a room?)

Ros St. Clayre, charity secretary, suggested that I find alternative accommodation for members who are financially challenged. My trouble has been finding anywhere that is in a suitable location. Four suggestions: (a) As most of you know, London is a very expensive city and the standard of many budget London B&Bs or hotels, may not be up to the standards you expect. (A quick look at Google will give you an idea of the price of accommodation.) (b) Another idea for accommodation and travel is to look at a package deal through www.thetrainline.com c). Look into the London suburbs for less expensive accommodation. (Remember, though, registration commences at 08.30. Please allow plenty of time to get to us.) (d) An American friend and associate member has suggested The Crescent Hotel, www.crescenthoteloflondon.com or booking.com . Please allow plenty of time to reach us.

If you are a member and simply do not have the funds, please contact us as soon as possible. Please note: We cannot assist with the airfare.

Warmest,

Ian.

Member and Co-ordinator
Telephone: 011 44 1305 213876
(direct from the USA)

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