Last updated:30th June 2016

Fab At 40 Fortnight

Thank you to everyone who hosted a Fab At 40 event!

During Fab At 40 Fortnight on May 1-15, members and supporters across the country ran, walked, cycled, baked, and more, all to raise vital awareness of AS and funds for NASS.

Below is just a selection of the wonderful ways people got involved to show their support. We'd like to say a massive thank you to each and every one of you for getting involved! Your support will help us to continue providing vital services like our Helpline for anyone affected by AS.

If you didn't get a chance to get involved in Fab At 40 Fortnight, it's not too late - you can host your event any time! Simply get in touch with us and we'll send you your FREE Fab At 40 pack with balloons, donation boxes and posters.

NASS Trustees Gillian Eames and Jean Morton organised a fantastic fun-packed family day at Heaton Stannington FC to celebrate our 40th birthday, featuring a charity football match, BBQ, raffles and a social evening. The day has raised an amazing £2,161, and it's not too late to donate on JustGiving!

NASS Crewe's Stephen Dent took on an amazing journey across the country during Fab At 40 fortnight - in his NASS-themed classic 1972 MGB BT! Joined by co-driver Jeremy Hilliard, the pair were waved off by the Mayor of Middlewich as they travelled from Cheshire, to Land's End to John O'Groats and back! They met with NASS members along as they zoomed across the UK, raising over £1,500 in the process!

Elaine Jackson celebrated not just our Fab At 40 birthday, but her own too! And she did it in style by taking on the iconic London Marathon. Elaine has raised over £1,200 on her fundraising page!

Tarla Bayley organised a dress-down day at her children's school, Kinghsam Primary in West Sussex. In return for a small donation, the school encouraged pupils and staff to donate and wear orange for the day!

Lisa Giles didn't let the weather stop her from hosting a Fab At 40 garden party! Over 40 friends and family enjoyed tasty treats and games, raising a wonderful £105!

 We'd like to say a special thank you to a four-legged friend, Bracken, who's owner Di asked local people in her village of Trawden for sponsorship as Bracken completed his training course. Bracken passed with flying colours, and combined with a music-filled social evening at Trawden Community Centre, over £1,500 was raised for NASS! We'd like to thank Steven Wilcock for all his efforts in organising a great night.

Team Sebastian continued their fantastic support for NASS by hosting a car wash and bake sale. And if that's no enough, Sebastian, David and Julie will be taking on a cycle challenge around the Isle of Wight on 1 June!

Margaret and Stuart Tibbs raised over £400 from hosting a party for their Ruby wedding celebrations. Thank you both, and congratulations!
We'd also like to thank the following companies for their fantastic support during Fab At 40 Fortnight.
UCB held a 'lunch and learn' session, educating staff about AS, whilst also holding a raffle to win wonderful prizes such as a trip for two to the Shard in London, Bollinger champagne and afternoon tea for two.
Sally (left), Information & Communications Manager, went along to speak with staff, and got involved in a Fab At 40 bake-off!
Pfizer also joined the celebrations, hosting a hosting a lunchtime quiz - Pfizer donated £19.76 for every correct answer, and laid out special NASS-themed cupcakes, raising a grand total of a fantastic £2,000.




AbbVie (left) turned their entire Maidenhead office orange, raising awareness of AS and NASS around on giant screens around their building and selling NASS raffle tickets, pin badges and wristbands to colleagues throughout May.Thank you for your brilliant support!



Awareness stands at hospitals

A number of hospitals across the country got involved during Fab At 40 Fortnight, hosting AS awareness and fundraisingstands. Thank you to:

  • The Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (RNHRD)
  • Royal Derby Hospital
  • Bristol Royal Infirmary
  • Wrightington Hospital, Lancashire
  • Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospital, London
  • Norfolk & Norwich Hospital