Reunion for arthritis sufferers in Holsworthy
ARTHRITIS sufferers in Holsworthy who helped pioneer an innovative pain-buster" workshop are being invited to a special reunion event in the town on Thursday. Local people road-tested Arthritis Care's Challenging Pain" training before it was given a ful
ARTHRITIS sufferers in Holsworthy who helped pioneer an innovative "pain-buster" workshop are being invited to a special reunion event in the town on Thursday.Local people road-tested Arthritis Care's "Challenging Pain" training before it was given a full UK launch last year.The reunion at the Holsworthy Memorial Hall will feature talks, an open-floor question and answer session, as well as demonstrations of pain management techniques from the Challenging Pain workshops. Arthritis Care's chief executive Neil Betteridge will join a distinguished panel of speakers, including Dr Stuart Kyle, consultant rheumatologist at the North Devon District Hospital.Janet Cowlard, Arthritis Care's training services manager, said that the reunion was a "rallying cry" that would enable the charity to find ways to continue to provide a service to the community in future.She said: "Course participants were quick to tell us that the Arthritis Care training really hit the spot and helped them to cope better with their pain."The reunion is a celebration because there was a huge need for these workshops in remote villages where people already cut off by the pain caused by arthritis don't always enjoy ready access to transport and support services. "We hadn't provided courses in this part of Devon before, so this reunion celebrates a landmark achievement."The reunion takes place from 10am to 3.15pm, with coffee, buffet lunch, and tea and cakes are provided. For free and confidential advice about arthritis, telephone the Arthritis Care helpline on 0808 800 4050, open 10am to 4pm weekdays.