Watercolour of a botanical garden

DEBRA UK is delighted to be an official sponsor of the Burma Skincare Initiative Spirit of Partnership Garden at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which starts tomorrow (Tuesday 21st May) and runs until Saturday 25th May in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London.

The sanctuary garden designed by Helen Olney, tells the story of a global dermatological partnership, the Burma Skincare Initiative, which was set up by Dr Su Lwin and DEBRA independent advisor Professor Chris Griffiths OBE, and supports Burmese healthcare workers treating adults and children with terrible skin conditions. 

As the national charity and patient support organisation for people living with a group of incredibly painful and debilitating skin blistering conditions (epidermolysis bullosa/EB), we understand the need for partnership working to help improve quality of life for people in pain because of their skin.  

We provide a range of EB community support and work together in partnership with the NHS to offer an enhanced EB service for people living with all types of EB in the UK, which includes part-funding of some healthcare professionals working within the EB healthcare centres of excellence, specialist equipment and grants to assist with travel to appointments. We also partner with world-class scientists and clinicians and national and international partners from academia, biotechnology, pharmaceutical industries, and other organisations with a shared interest in EB and other skin conditions. Only by working together will we be able to stop the pain of EB.

Through our sponsorship of the garden, we wish to show solidarity with people around the world who are living with a debilitating skin condition, and support to our colleagues who are actively striving for improved quality of life, better treatments, and ultimately cures. We hope that through our involvement with the garden more people will learn about EB and of the need for continued collaboration if we are to achieve our mission of a world where no one suffers with EB.

If you’re planning to attend the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, please do drop by to explore this beautiful sanctuary garden and learn a bit more about the Burma Skincare Initiative and the important work that they do to advance dermatology education and support the people of Myanmar who are living with skin conditions including EB.   

For more information about the garden and the Burma Skin Initiative please visit:

Burma Skincare Initiative Spirit of Partnership Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2024

Burma Skincare Initiative