Tom Brake, MP for Carshalton and Wallington, has pledged to work with Arthritis Research UK to push back the limits of arthritis for the thousands of local people living with the pain, isolation and fatigue of the condition.
Tom joined forces with the charity as part of its Share Your Everyday campaign, asking local people to share their everyday experiences of living with arthritis. Over 10 million people live with arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions across the UK.
In Sutton, 27,555 people live with back pain alone, with thousands more living with osteoarthritis of the knee and hip, the two most common forms of the painful condition.
Arthritis Research UK Director of External Affairs, Olivia Belle, said:
“Arthritis is the biggest cause of pain and disability in the UK, but we know that many people with arthritis often feel isolated by the pain and fatigue of their condition.
I’m delighted Tom is involved with our Share Your Everyday campaign, giving people with arthritis in Sutton a voice.
“This year we’re asking people to share their everyday experiences with us, to help us continue to harness the power of exceptional science and push back the limits of arthritis.”
Speaking as an Arthritis Champion Tom said:
“What this campaign has made clear is the massive impact arthritis can have on a person’s life, and the huge number of local people that are living with arthritis right now.
“The Government needs to listen to the voice of people with arthritis and help Arthritis Research UK ensure they receive the care, support and opportunities they need to live independent lives.
Arthritis attacks what it means to live, from the big things like being able to remain in work to the frustration of not being able to do even simple daily tasks like cooking. I want to make sure my constituents are not limited by their arthritis and am happy to support Arthritis Research UK’s Share Your Everyday campaign.”
To share your everyday experiences of living with arthritis to help Arthritis Research UK find your everyday freedom, visit www.arthritisresearchuk.org/shareyoureveryday.