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Theresa supports local charity’s parliamentary event

  • 31 Oct 2007

Theresa May MP backed efforts to raise awareness of rheumatoid arthritis at a highly successful drop-in event recently held by local charity National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) at the House of Commons.

Speaking at the event organised, Theresa said: ‘The small things in life really do matter, but for people with rheumatoid arthritis, even the most mundane of activities can be turned into Everyday Everests. It is important that we use the opportunity of World Arthritis Day to gain a better understanding of the challenges faced by the half million people in the UK with this disease.’

‘Having met with patients, charities and clinicians, I am more convinced than ever that we must take action to help people with rheumatoid arthritis. We can start by raising awareness of this debilitating condition, promoting greater understanding amongst all healthcare professionals and the public about signs and symptoms, as well as the steps which can be taken to enable those with RA to enjoy a better quality of life.’

Ailsa Bosworth, Chief Executive of the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, said: ‘I am absolutely delighted that Theresa May MP has backed efforts to raise awareness of rheumatoid arthritis. With the support of parliamentarians like Theresa, we can deliver a step change in society’s awareness of rheumatoid arthritis and move further towards our vision of equity of access to excellent care for all those living with the condition.’