to celebrate National Awareness Week and to raise funds for the local group and FMA UK. The event was held in their local Matalan store, who supplied all the outfits the models wore
The models are pictured here with local MP Gavin Newlands.
This year's awareness theme of *cakes* was celebrated with a yummy cake featuring both FMA UK and Fibro PaINs logos
Alok Sharma MP (Reading West) introduced a Westminster Hall debate on fibromyalgia on 1st July 2015 initiated through contact with the Reading fibromyalgia support group.
The debate was attended by only 7 MPs and a junior minister from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills George Freeman MP. We are pleased that there were representatives from all over the UK. There were 4 members of the public attending, including two representatives from Fibromyalgia Action UK. The relatively low attendance was in part due to the relative lack of notice that was given for the meeting but we hope that a future event will allow us to increase the attendance
However we know from social media activity that there was a good interest from the fibro community across the country with many people watching the debate on Parliament TV live and afterwards as well. The debate lasted 30 minutes, started by the debate organiser, Alok Sharma MP, who gave a 10 minute opening speech.
Please note that the Benefits Helpline will not be availabe from Mon 10/08/15 - Fri 21/08/15. The Helpline will resume as normal from Mon 24/08/15
Katie Matthews has shaven head together with her little son to raise awareness and funds for FMA’s UK work.
Katie told us: ‘’If you have or know someone with fibromyalgia you'll understand just how nasty the illness is. Unfortunately it's not always agreed with. I have seen a GP only two weeks ago who insisted I couldn't possibly hurt so much..... Let me tell you, this is not a life anyone would choose. I'm 30 next month and feel three times that. I use a crutch and have now got a wheelchair so I can manage days out with my boys.
I don't have a life anymore I'm purely existing fibrosucks’’.
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