Helping to cope, helping to hope

For everyone affected by leukodystrophy

We are Alex, The Leukodystrophy Charity (Alex TLC)

Established in 2004, Alex TLC provides invaluable support and information to people affected by leukodystrophy.

There are more than 100 different known types of leukodystrophy, including some so rare they only affect one or two individuals.

We are the only charity in the UK that provides support for all those with leukodystrophy.

About Us

What is leukodystrophy?

Leukodystrophies are genetic disorders primarily affecting the white matter of the central nervous system (ie. the brain or spinal cord). The majority of leukodystrophies are degenerative, causing symptoms such as impaired mobility, vision, speech and hearing, incontinence, inability to swallow and loss of cognitive skills. In some cases, they may be life limiting. These conditions affect males and females of all ages and ethnic backgrounds, most notably children.

Learn more about leukodystrophy

Newly diagnosed

Have you or a family member been diagnosed with a leukodystrophy?

We understand the information you have received may be new and confusing, and it may be difficult to know where to go for further advice and information.

Support for newly diagnosed

NHS England Inherited White Matter Disorders (Leukodystrophy) Patient Service and Registry

The new NHS England IWMD Diagnostic and Management Service is for all ages. It strives to implement national standards of care for patients with an IWMD (leukodystrophy) and improve the NHS’s understanding of care for these conditions.

We are the patient organisation representative for the service and registry. We are working alongside NHS professionals, including consultants and nurses, to support the development of these services. We attend clinics to provide information and support to individuals and family members.

Further information

Get Involved

You can help us to raise vital funds and increase awareness of leukodystrophies.

The majority of people aren’t aware of these rare diseases and their impact on individuals and their families. With your help, however small, we can make a real difference.

These pages are packed full of ideas and inspiration for the various ways you and/or your organisation can get involved and lend your support.

Discover how you can get involved today.

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Latest News

We are constantly updating our news section with everything of interest to people affected by leukodystrophies.

You’ll find information about our latest work, health and research news, updates for professionals, and more.