12th April 2017

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News Guardian Article

Hiya gang, I just wanted to share with you all a recent article written about our Chairperson’s trip to Parliament, raising awareness of Fibromyalgia in the community. If you’d like to have a read of the article it can be found here: News Guardian article – taking the fight over invisible disease to Parliament I’m really proud of the article and think it was really well written. I’ve had so much support and love from everyone
On the 31st of January, the Chairperson of the Support Group Alison Morton (that’s me!) will be joining a team of people who all have Fibromyalgia from across the UK to present to MP’s that there is a very real need to get more funding into research to find out what causes Fibromyalgia, a need for more support for people living with Fibromyalgia, a need for more consistent education for all services that are there

Fundraising Thank You!

I’d like to thank each and every one of our members for all their help and efforts to funraise for our support group over the past year! We’ve had an amazing year for fundraising and we wouldn’t have been able to do it without you! From donating gifts to our tombola stalls, to making handmade crafts to sell, to running the stalls themselves, to sharing about our events on social media, it all adds up!

Group Meeting – 18-12-17

It’s Chrisssttttmmaaasssss! Okay, well, not quite! But it’s our group’s Christmas party!! A chance to gather together and celebrate with people who understand what it’s like to live with Fibromyalgia! Please bring along some buffet food for our buffet and a small bran tub gift worth a maximum of £2 so that we can give gifts to each and every one of you! If some are unisex gifts that would be great as we do
Come along to our Christmassy craft session and make some wonderful decorations or gifts for your family and friends (or to keep for yourself!!) £2 entry and all materials are provided and of course you get to take away your Christmassy creations at the end of the craft session! We will have some calendars that you’ll be able to decorate and make your own, so if you wanted to bring along some photos to add

Quorum Christmas Market

Our committee members will be at the Quorum Christmas Market on the 6th of December 11:30am – 2:30pm with our tombola stall to raise money to keep the support group going into next year and to raise awareness of Fibromyalgia in the local community. There will be over 60 local small business selling their goods, plus hot food traders, and you get a free mince pie and mulled wine on arrival to get you into

Metrocentre fundraiser

On Sunday the 3rd of December some of our members (and their friends and family) ran a tombola stall on the charity barrow in the blue zone of the Metrocentre to raise money for the support group, and to also raise awareness of Fibromyalgia in the community. I’m so thankful to everyone who helped out in any way, be that through donations to our tombola, running the tombola itself, driving to and from the lock
Hi gang! I thought I would do a little post on artists who use their platform to discuss topics like mental health and self care. Self care is so, so important. It’s not selfish to put yourself first and concentrate on what your body and mind need from you. It’s also important to remember that self-care isn’t all bubble baths and chocolates (although it can be!), self-care can be things like opening bills/letters that are

A huge Christmassy Thank You!

A special thank you to Ann Kennedy and all at Benton Estate Action Group for their kind donations of sweet treats and teddies to help our Support Group with our fundraising efforts! Community led groups like this supporting one another is a beautiful thing and we can’t thank you enough for your support and kindness! Sending love

Merry Calmness!

It’s officially December! December can be a magical time of year, a time of giving and receiving gifts, spending time with your loved ones, and getting cosy with fairy lights twinkling and the heating to combat those dark nights! But, December can also be an extremely stressful time of year when living with a chronic illness. The cold weather, multiple social commitments one after another and the stress of having to buy presents, decorate, and make

Chronic Illness Christmas List

Hi everyone! I recently asked our members on our Facebook page what would be on their Chronic Illness Christmas list. With December only a day away I thought it would be nice to see what people are asking for this Christmas to see if it might give people some ideas for stocking fillers! Well, well, well… aren’t we a cold bunch! Although, it doesn’t surprise me since we usually have trouble regulating our body’s temperature!
Some of our lovely members have donated some knitted clothing which will go to local hospitals (RVI/QE/RAKE LANE). This came about as our Fundraiser Ali Bambra’s sister donates to NHAP (Needles, Hooks, Angels and Preemies. Ali thought it would be a wonderful idea to ask our members if anyone was able to knit already and was able to take some time to knit some clothing to help premature babies in our area. NHAP is a

Christmas Hampers!

At our next group meeting, as part of our Christmas Party we will be raffling off some lovely Christmas hampers! Here’s a sneak peek at what’s up for grabs!   We’ll also be drawing the winner of the Champneys Spa treatment Gift Set! There’s so much more yet to be wrapped up and made into Christmas hampers, you won’t be disappointed! Give them as gifts to family or friends to help keep the costs of
So far this month we have been at the Gateshead Stadium Christmas Village raising money and awareness of Fibromyalgia in the community. The Christmas Village was extremely busy and super Christmassy! Our tombola stall was very popular and we got the chance to speak to a lot of people about Fibromyalgia. A huge thank you to all who helped out on the day, and to everyone who shared that we would be there through their social
We had a lovely catch up at our last group meeting and welcomed along three new members! There was definitely Christmas spirit in the air with all our crafts set up for sale, made by some of our own members and Theresa, one of our wonderful committee members! Theresa has made some beautiful Christmas scroll decorations that would be perfect for the festive period! Which will be on sale again at our next meeting (Christmas