Alex promotes awareness of musculoskeletal conditions during National Arthritis Week

Alex Cunningham, Labour Member of Parliament for Stockton North, joined Arthritis Research UK in raising awareness of arthritis and the devastating impact it has on 1 in 6 people in the UK.

Alex showed his support at a parliamentary event hosted by Arthritis Research UK marking National Arthritis Week from 7-13 October, and World Arthritis Day on 12 October.

Alex heard from retired fire fighter Stephen Wolstenholme about how remaining active helps him to manage the pain and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis.  Professor Peter Kay, National Clinical Director for musculoskeletal diseases, also spoke about his role to support improvements in health outcomes for people with musculoskeletal conditions.

Alex said:

I am 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 sufferers in Stockton North and throughout the UK.  With that in mind, it is important that people across the Stockton Borough 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 Alex’s support during National Arthritis Week, and his help in raising awareness among Stockton North residents.”