Campbell Burns chalk drawing

About the Trust

The Campbell Burns Metabolic Trust supports families of children aged ten and under who have been diagnosed with a metabolic disorder. 

The Trust was established in the name of Campbell Burns, born in January 2012 and diagnosed with Leigh's Disease in March 2012.

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 We are registered with the Charity Commission, no: 1148667

We are registered with the Scottish Charity Registration, no: SCO44647

Metabolic disorders

What is a Metabolic disorder?


Metabolism is the process your body uses to get or make energy from the food you eat. Food is made up of proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Chemicals in your digestive system break the food parts down into sugars and acids, your body's fuel. Your body can use this fuel right away, or it can store the energy in your body tissues, such as your liver, muscles and body fat.

A metabolic disorder occurs when abnormal chemical reactions in your body disrupt this process. When this happens, you might have too much of some substances or too little of other ones that you need to stay healthy.  All metabolic disorders have a genetic background, and some of them are expressed as specific genetic diseases. 


(Information above from Birmingham Children's Hospital)

Campbell Burns as a baby

 The Campbell Burns Metabolic Trust does not offer medical advice. We do not have a medical background, so if you have any queries about metabolic disorders, please speak to your doctor