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Chew Valley Versus Arthritis

Many thanks to all who came to our Coffee Morning in Bishop Sutton on 4th July. You helped us raise a magnificent £485.25 for the charity ‘Versus Arthritis’.

We are holding another event this year, in the autumn – an Information Day on Saturday, 26th October at Chew Stoke Methodist Hall from 10am. This follows a success-ful similar event three years ago. We are anticipating that the focus will be on the im-portance of exercise in managing arthritis or ‘Escape Pain’ workshops, dependent on the availability of speakers. ‘Information stalls’ on helpful services will be present and refreshments will be available. Posters will be displayed in the Chew Valley area over the next few weeks, so keep a look-out for further information.

Liz Shorney



Arthritis afflicts all age groups, children and young adults as well as the elderly. It is a painful and debilitating disease for which at present there is no cure. Treatment options involve drugs, physiotherapy, diet and exercise or joint replacement to control pain and slow the progress of the disease. Research is urgently needed in all these areas but is entirely funded by voluntary contributions from charities such as Arthritis Research UK.

25 years ago a small group got together in Chew Stoke to organise fundraising events and today many of this same group are still dedicated to the cause. Between them they raise £5 to 6,000 a year through coffee mornings, house to house collections, village fetes or rattling a tin outside a supermarket. But more local help is urgently needed. If you feel you could spare an hour or two to man a stall at your local fete or to help in the House to House collection due in June you could make a significant contribution. We would like to hear from you.