Local MP Jo Swinson joined Arthritis Research UK this week in promoting awareness of arthritis and the devastating impact it has for 1 in 6 people in the UK.
Jo showed her support at a parliamentary event hosted by Arthritis Research UK marking National Arthritis Week (7-13 October) and World Arthritis Day (12 October). Arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions are long term conditions that are painful, often debilitating and can impact greatly on people’s quality of life.
At the event Jo heard from retired fire fighter Stephen Wolstenholme talked about how keeping active helps him to manage the pain and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis. Professor Peter Kay, the National Clinical Director for musculoskeletal diseases spoke about his role to support improvements in health outcomes for people with musculoskeletal conditions.
Commenting Jo said:
“I’m delighted to support Arthritis Research UK’s work in raising awareness of arthritis and other conditions of the muscles, bones and joints.
“The event helped me to fully appreciate the impact of osteoarthritis and other forms of arthritis on the daily lives of many people in the UK. With that in mind, it’s important that people across East Dunbartonshire take the opportunity to learn more about arthritis and get involved in National Arthritis Week.
“For information about how to get involved in National Arthritis Week, visit www.nationalarthritisweek.org.uk or call Arthritis Research UK on 0300 790 0444.”
Chief Executive at Arthritis Research UK, Dr Liam O’Toole said:
“Osteoarthritis can be a painful and often debilitating condition. It canstop people from doing things many of us take for granted everyday such as walking, moving, lifting or standing.
“As the only charity in the UK dedicated to funding research into the cause, treatment and cure of all forms of arthritis, for which we receive no Government funding, we are keen to ensure that people are aware of these conditions and the support and information are available.
“We’re grateful for Jo Swinson MP’s support today during National Arthritis Week and her help in raising awareness among her localresidents.”
Arthritis Research UK is the leading authority on arthritis in the UK, conducting scientific and medical research into all types of arthritis and related musculoskeletal conditions. It is the UK’s fourth largest medical research charity and the only charity solely committed to funding high quality research into the cause, treatment and cure of arthritis.