Craig swam 2 miles in the icy Loch Lomond in Europe’s biggest open water swim to support FMA UK work and to raise awareness about fibromyalgia. Craig raised an astonishing £1,980 and finished the swim in one hour and three minutes, with 44th place, which is a great result as he had a starting number 632!
Craig said: ‘’I was delighted to be able to raise so much money for such a worthwhile cause! The swim went very well! I really enjoyed it and after the first lap or so I had warmed up and no longer felt the cold’’.
We would like to thank Craig for this amazing challenge. Craig has been training a lot to be able to complete the challenge and said: ‘’So that I can use my pain and suffering in the pool and then over the two mile stretch in the icy waters of LocH Lomond to help others who suffer on a daily basis’’.
To donate go to Craig’s JustGiving page:
Musculoskeletal Webinar: Specifically for users of Musculoskeletal conditions (MSK) services: Government Green Paper on Work & Health
Friday 27th January 2017, 12.00 -13.00
Organised by the Department of Health England and ARMA (Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance)
Webinar subject: ‘’Building on the current service provisions for people with Musculo-skeletal conditions’’.
Are you a person needing Musculo-skeletal services?
To register for the Government Green Paper on Work & Health
Friends Chelsie Marono and Ike Daeche jumped from a bungee on Sunday the 13th November to support FMA UK work and to raise awareness about fibromyalgia because Chelsie’s mum lives with this condition. They raised £570 and a further £250 will be donated by Direct Line Group, Chelsie’s employer.
Chelsie told us: ‘’The bungee jump was even more scary and difficult than I thought it would be, but somehow I managed it! I'm not sure I'd be able to do it over though - if it wasn't for my mum I would have chickened out!’’. We would like to congratulate Chelsie and Ike their courage and thank for their fantastic fundraising efforts.
Before the jump Chelsie told us: ‘’My mum is one of the bravest people I know, and has always done everything within her power to help and support me whenever I've needed it. She's wiped my nose and tucked me in bed when I'm poorly and she's taken my 3 am teary phone calls when I'm down and need someone to talk to. I love my mum with all my heart, and watching her suffering with fibromyalgia breaks my heart because there's little I can do to help, and the worst part is so few people have heard of fibromyalgia let alone understand it, so they don't realise what she goes through on a day to day basis.
I chose to support FMA UK because I feel the work it carries out can directly affect my mum in a positive way, and it can do this more so with more support and recognition.
The Christmas Closures for FMA UK head office, national helpline and benefits helpline are:
- Head Office - closes Friday 23/12/16 (4.00pm) and reopens Tuesday 03/01/17(10.00am)
- National Helpline (0300 999 3333) - closes Friday 23/12/16 (4.00pm) and reopens Tuesday 03/01/17 (10.00am)
- Benefits Helpline (033 999 0055) - closes Monday 19/12/16 (12.00pm) and reopens Friday 06/01/17 (10.00am)
FMA UK would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2017.
If you or your friends and family love challenge why won’t you sign up to one (or more!) of challenges coming up next year, raise funds to support our work and raise awareness about fibromyalgia? There are exciting challenges in various stunning locations, with different difficulty levels and distances. They are organised by our partner Action Challenge and you can register directly with them on the challenges’ website. Click below to see details of each challenge:
- Order Information resources from FMA UK
- Students of the Rushmoor School in Bedford raised £577 for FMA UK through a Sport-a-thon
- FMA UK reports on Health & Safety event for North West Highways, held on 17 October in Manchester
- The success of Jill Liman head shave
- Online webinar on the 'Work, health and disability' Green Paper organised by the Department of Health
- Clinical Trial on Back Pain - Actipatch