Silver celebration for Chester branch of National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society (NASS)
THE Chester branch of a national charity has celebrated its 25th anniversary.
Members of the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society (NASS) hosted a celebration at Upton-by-Chester Golf Club, which was attended by NASS members, patients, health care professionals and NASS committee members. Guests included the UK director of NASS, Debbie Cook and Dr Jenny Nixon, rheumatology consultant at the Countess of Chester Hospital.
The aims of the charity include supporting patients, raising awareness of the disease Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) – an inflammatory back pain condition that affects 200,000 people in the UK – and encouraging research into the cause and treatment for AS. The Chester branch aims to support AS sufferers with regular exercise sessions run by qualified physiotherapists.
The event was organised by Chester NASS committee members Ray Parry and John Tsang. The branch supports people through its regular hydrotherapy and physiotherapy group meetings, as well as fundraising and social events. Wendy Chaloner, rheumatology physiotherapist at the Countess of Chester Hospital, said: “We have been fortunate in having a loyal committee here in Chester. Together with fellow NASS colleagues, John Tsang, retiring chairman Eric McDonough, treasurer Norman Coleclough and David Nickless, we have clocked up 116 years of service to the group.” John Tsang added: “With AS it’s so important to exercise regularly and I urge anyone with AS in the region to get in touch and join the group. We also need members in order to keep the group going, as if numbers slip, part of our funding from the NHS may diminish. We now look forward to the next 25 years.”
For further information on the NASS Chester branch, contact John Tsang on 0151 327 7936.