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Cream teas raise a tasty sum

TWENTY-TWO members and supported of the Bognor Regis branch of NASS enjoyed a cream tea and raised more than £150 for the charity.

 

The event, pictured above, took place at the Selsey home of the branch chairman, Anthony Tuffin, and his wife, Rosemarie. A raffle organised by Clare Wilton, of Chichester, raised £60 of the total.

 

Mr Tuffin said: “Originally planned for the garden, tea was served indoors because of the rain but that did not spoil the event.”

 

Thanking the guests, he explained that Anklyosing Spondylitis was a painful form of arthritis and NASS helped sufferers by providing essential physiotherapy which was not regularly available on the NHS.

 

This was the fifth cream tea for Bognor Regis NASS and brought the total raised by them to more than £1,100.

 

The National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society is the charity for people who have AS. The condition is a painful, progressive form of inflammatory arthritis. An estimated 200,000 people in the UK have it – that is twice the number of those who have Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis.

 

AS sometimes leads to irreversible fusing of the spine and it can also affect other joints, tendons and ligaments. Eyes, bowel, skin, lungs and heart may also be affected.

 

There is no cure for AS. It is managed by a combination of pain relief and stretching exercises.

 

AS patients, mainly in the Bognor Regis and Chichester area, meet for gym and hydrotherapy exercise at 6pm on Wednesdays at Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital.It is funded by members’ fees, fundraising events and charitable donations.

 

Anyone who wishes to get in touch with the branch should contact Mr Tuffin on 01243 604715. Further information about NASS can be found at its website – nass.co.uk.

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