Mark Hunter MP joins Arthritis Research UK in promoting awareness of musculoskeletal conditions during National Arthritis Week

October 14, 2013 6:33 PM

Local MP for Cheadle, Mark Hunter MP, last week joined Arthritis Research UK in raising awareness of arthritis and the devastating impact it has on 1 in 6 people in the UK.

Mark 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.

Mark met with arthritis sufferers and heard about how keeping active helps 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.

Mark Hunter 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 Cheadle 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.

"We're grateful for Mark Hunter MP's support today during National Arthritis Week and his help in raising awareness among Cheadle residents."

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For information about how to get involved in National Arthritis Week, visit www.nationalarthritisweek.org.uk or call Arthritis Research UK on 0300 790 0444.

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