MAD BRITS for NRAS Kept Busy Throughout December
MAD BRITS for NRAS has a very busy December, and it wasn’t just getting set up from Christmas. Marie sent a lengthy update of great news! Want to find out more about Donny’s Make A Difference Program? Click here to read about the MAD programs of 2011/2012.Here is My December update;
Despite the hectic time that is Christmas, MAD BRITS for NRAS have still managed to keep busy with our programme! Here’s some of the stuff we’ve been up to;
- HOT NEWS!!!! LAUNCH OF SUTTON COLDFIELD’s NRAS SUPPORT GROUP!! I, Marie, have been putting into action for the last few months, plans for an NRAS Support Group in Sutton Coldfield ! In mid – January, senior members of The National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society , myself and rheumatology health professionals from the region will be meeting to finalise the details for our launch which will be on Tuesday March 6th 2012 at Midday at Sutton Coldfield Methodist Church and we are all very excited about it! There are currently in excess of 40 NRAS support groups throughout the U.K, all led by R.A sufferers . NRAS groups are a great source of ongoing information and education and aim to encourage better disease self management via informative guest speakers, as well as offering opportunities to widen social circles and activities. They give sufferers an opportunity to share experiences with others who understand the impact of Rheumatoid Arthritis on daily living. This new bi-monthly support group in Sutton Coldfield, funded by NRAS, will offer a vital service to R.A sufferers in the North Birmingham area and beyond. Local press will be advertising our group and posters and leaflets distributed locally. Watch this space!!
- 16th November, Sam hosted a very successful tea party and raised ┬ú91 ($140).
- 26th November, Jackie and Lucy raised ┬ú100 ($155) selling new and used items at Milton Keynes on their NRAS charity stall.
- 11th December, Ann’s Daughter Sian took part in a Santa race and raised money for NRAS!! Thank You Sian and Well Done!
- Although our main focus is raising awareness of Rheumatoid Arthritis and funds for the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, I , Marie, also attended a meeting for the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance and met the co-founder of a charity called KIDS LIKE US which supports the work carried out at Birmingham Childrens Hospital for children with Juvenille Idiopathic Arthritis (J.I.A). J.I.A involves inflammation, stiffness and swelling in one or more joints and affects children as young as babies to 16 years of age. It impacts greatly on the lives of both children and their families and KIDS LIKE US help ease the burden in many ways. They help fund an annual ‘ Breakaway Weekend ‘ for patients and their families , information packs, trips for adolescence with J.I.A allowing them independance from their parents/carers and fund a nurse who carries out research into this complicated illness.
- I was really touched by the work they do and on 16th December , I held a tea party to raise money and awareness of both NRAS and KIDS LIKE US. My sincere and heartfelt thanks to my wonderful, amazing friends Denise Sproson and Kate Myhill for helping me to host the afternoon and to all the generous people who baked, donated and made the day a fantastic success! Local businessess donated fantastic raffle prizes and along with donations for cakes and tea, we raised ┬ú395 ($611) which was split equally between both charities! For KIDS LIKE US, the money will help fund a family to attend the ‘Breakaway Weekend ‘ (which costs ┬ú3800 / $5880 in total for all families) for some much needed fun and relaxation and for NRAS, the money will help NRAS to enhance their service for children with J.I.A .
- 29th January, I, Marie, have arranged a bag packing day at ASDA WALMART to raise awareness of Rheumatoid Arthritis and funds for NRAS.