Local MP for Denton and Reddish, Andrew Gwynne MP, today joined Arthritis Research UK in raising awareness of arthritis and the devastating impact it has on 1 in 6 people in the UK.
Andrew Gwynne MP showed his 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 hosted by Linda Riordan MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Chronic Pain, Andrew Gwynne MP heard from retired fire fighter Stephen Wolstenholme 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.
Andrew Gwynne MP 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. Today’s event has 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 Denton and Reddish take the opportunity to learn more about arthritis and get involved in National Arthritis Week.”
Chief Executive at Arthritis Research UK, Dr Liam O’Toole said:
“Osteoarthritis can be a painful and often debilitating condition. It can stop 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 Andrew Gwynne MP’s support today during National Arthritis Week and his help in raising awareness among Denton and Reddish residents.”