Members have donated knitted clothing for local premature babies (NHAP)

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 Read more about Members have donated knitted clothing for local premature babies (NHAP)[…]

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 Read more about Christmas Hampers![…]

Our fundraising efforts so far…

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 Read more about Our fundraising efforts so far…[…]

Our previous group meeting (20-11-17)

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 Read more about Our previous group meeting (20-11-17)[…]

Our previous Christmassy craft session (07-11-17)

Everyone who came along had a lovely time yesterday crafting up some Christmassy goodies! Everything from snow globes to candles to Christmas cards, the group have made some wonderful gifts and spent a couple of hours getting creative and spending time with people who know what it’s like to live with Fibromyalgia. I’ve included some photos of their crafty Christmassy creations below, We’ll be holding another Christmassy craft session next month and all members (new Read more about Our previous Christmassy craft session (07-11-17)[…]

Our previous craft session (glass painting 19-10-17)

Our members had a lovely time at the last craft session, Theresa and Barbara did a brilliant job setting up and helping everyone with their projects (thank you!) and welcoming along everyone including a new member! I’ll add some photos of everyone’s pieces, (they all look brilliant!) that they crafted over the couple of hours. Hope you all had a great day, rest up and take care!

Fibromyalgia Facts from Awareness Week 2017

Fibromyalgia Facts! I created these images to help raise awareness during National Fibromyalgia Awareness Week 2017 and FMAUK used them across their social media to help with their campaign to raise awareness. I thought I would share them here too, feel free to use the images to help raise awareness of this chronic illness. -Alison

September’s National Fibromyalgia Awareness Week (3rd – 10th September 2017)

September saw us celebrate National Fibromyalgia Awareness Week from the 3rd till the 10th of September, and we had a great awareness week this year, with FMAUK saying it was one of the most vocal awareness weeks online! There was lots of different things to get involved with online this year, including a week long photo challenge, adding a ‘twibbon’ to your social media profile picture, joining in the Thunderclap campaign which sent out a Read more about September’s National Fibromyalgia Awareness Week (3rd – 10th September 2017)[…]

Group Meeting (21-08-17) – guest speaker Tracey Middlemiss

At our August group meeting we welcomed along Tracey Middlemiss, who is actually a support group member and has been coming to the support group for a long time now. Tracey lives with Fibromyalgia (amongst other conditions) but is also a qualified fitness instructor and teaches Zumba. It was great to hear from Tracey and she is very passionate about finding ways to make fitness available to everyone, no matter their ability. Tracey spoke to Read more about Group Meeting (21-08-17) – guest speaker Tracey Middlemiss[…]

Metrocentre fundraiser – 26-08-17

Hi everyone! Just to keep you all up to date, we’re holding a fundraising tombola in the Metrocentre on Saturday 26th August (this coming Saturday) we’ll be there 9am-5pm with all our volunteers covering shifts during that period. It’s on a Saturday and it’s the summer holidays so come on down, bring your kids for a day out and pop by our stall in the Blue Zone (near the poundshops and bus terminals) and support Read more about Metrocentre fundraiser – 26-08-17[…]

Group meeting (17-07-17) Guest speaker Alison – continence nurse

On the 17th of July we met at The Oxford Centre for our monthly support group meeting. It was warm, but not as meltingly warm as the last meeting (probably down to the two new fans – thanks Theresa!). We had a big crowd and another 5 new members! It was so great to see everyone, and I think I speak for us all in saying that it was a particularly great meeting! We welcomed Read more about Group meeting (17-07-17) Guest speaker Alison – continence nurse[…]

Ponteland leisure centre fundraiser update (01-07-17)

On the 1st of July members of the group volunteered to cover our stall at the Ponteland Leisure Centre food & craft fair to help raise funds to keep our support group going. ‘The fair had 40+ artisan traders in a huge marquee selling food, drink and gifts, with live family entertainment, face painting, a children’s funfair, birds of prey, pony rides and much more!’ – ponteland leisure centre fair website It was a fantastic Read more about Ponteland leisure centre fundraiser update (01-07-17)[…]

Christmas meal and Christmas meeting update…

So it’s that time of year again, a time to come together, don a Christmas jumper and laugh, eat, be merry and of course win prizes! (WE LOVE A RAFFLE!) Our Christmas meal was at the Newton Park pub, Benton Lane, NE7 7EB and we celebrated early on the 2nd of December. It was a lovely get together with much fun and laughter, many members took to our Facebook page afterwards to share photos and Read more about Christmas meal and Christmas meeting update…[…]

Our fundraising efforts..

Some of you may not know that our support group is run on fundraising efforts and monthly £1.50 membership money alone. With the costs of room hire, materials and storage ever increasing it’s so important to us that we’re able to raise enough to keep our group going so we can continue to provide a safe, warm, welcoming and friendly environment for people with Fibromyalgia to meet once a month (and at craft sessions in Read more about Our fundraising efforts..[…]