We are sad to announce that, as of 28th February, 2014 BADA-UK ceased all charitable activities and we have initiated closure of our Registered Charity.
Our reluctant decision to close the Charity has resulted from a protracted period of declining funds and volunteer support, rendering our future operations simply untenable.
As a result, we cannot conduct or support our main educational- awareness raising programme, including Tick Bite Prevention Week and exhibiting at rural and companion animal shows. Nor, henceforth, will we be able to receive or respond to independent enquiries for advice and information via phone and email. Our activities via social media platforms will also cease.
However, our primary website, bada-uk.org, which has proved such a valuable information resource for the general public, professionals and organisations, will remain available online until the 31st of December 2015, and general enquiries, including requests for tick leaflets and books (while stocks last), will continue to be handled via firstname.lastname@example.org
We are extremely proud of the contribution that BADA-UK has made over the last decade towards raising public and clinical awareness of Lyme disease (Borreliosis) in the UK, and the recognition that tick bite-prevention and early diagnosis remain essential
to reversing the growing number of cases reported each year, and the long-term health implications for sufferers.
This challenge remains and so we urge public and professional communities alike to remain vigilant, aware and informed.
It only remains to thank everyone; volunteers, donators, clinicians, organisational partners and families, too many to name, who have helped and supported us in our efforts to raise awareness over many years, and without whom we could not have hoped to achieve as much as we have.
Bless you all.
Wendy Fox. Chair
On behalf of the trustees of BADA-UK
Welcome to BADA-UK
Did you know that around 3,000 people in the UK contract Lyme disease (Borreliosis) from tick bites every year1 and that Lyme disease is more prevalent than previously thought? 2
Did you know that both you and your pets could be at risk from tick bites in many areas of the countryside and even town parks and gardens?
Did you know that there are no vaccines to defend against tick-borne infections present in the UK and Ireland?
BADA-UK is a self-funded, volunteer-run charity, running the only proactive, UK-wide, tick-borne disease public-education programme, and providing a one-stop resource for information and support.
Eric says: “I had no idea ticks in the UK could infect you until I read an article by BADA-UK. I later suffered a tick bite during a walk in the Yorkshire Moors and, thanks to the article, I recognised the rash that can sometimes appear with Lyme disease. I got treatment and made a full recovery”.
Diseases: Find out about Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases.
Defence: Learn how to avoid being bitten and correctly remove ticks.
FAQ: Find answers to frequently asked questions.
Accessibility: The BADA-UK web site is committed to ensuring access for people with disabilities.
Take Action Against Lyme Disease. Be Tick Aware!
1 Estimating Lyme disease risk using pet dogs as sentinels. Comp Immunol Microbiol Infect Dis. 2012 Jan 16.
2 Health Protection Agency 2012.