Last updated: 12th July 2017

London - Camden

Activities: Hydrotherapy and Gym Exercises

Day: Monday (except Bank Holidays*) 18:00 -19:30

Venue: The Royal Free Hospital, Pond Street, London, NW3 2QG

Cost: £25 per month. The first month is free for new members. Long-term concessions are available in some circumstances – please discuss with Phil McMullan in confidence.


Phil McMullan 07855 521 016,Sabine Maerky 07926 877476

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Who we are

The group is attended by a diverse range of people and encourages a positive and pro-active response to AS. Members enjoy a friendly and supportive atmosphere as well as excellent facilities. There is also an active social scene within the group.

*Sessions take place every Monday except bank holidays, the last four Mondays in August, the last three Mondays in December and the first Monday in January.

Be sure to check us out on Facebook!

What we do

Qualified physiotherapists lead exercise sessions in the gym and in the hydrotherapy pool.  Some one-to-one advice is also available.

Sessions last 40 minutes each at these times:

18:00 - 18:40 -  hydrotherapy or gym 
18:40 – 18:50 - change-over
18:50 - 19:30 - hydrotherapy or gym

You may choose to do either one or two sessions each Monday.

How to find us

Branch News


2017 Summer Break 

We hope you are enjoying the lovely weather! Just a note to let you know the dates for NASS Camden's summer break.

The last session will be Monday 7th August and we will be back on Monday 4th September.



Volunteer opportunity

Check out one page of our double-sided new flyers - fresh off the press! Our aim is to distribute the brand new flyers in and around the Camden area. We want to make sure that we reach as many people with AS as possible. Any volunteers who would like to leave flyers at their GP surgery, gym or hospital etc. are more than welcome to pick up flyers at one of the next branch sessions or get in touch with

Volunteers do not have to be members.



That's how we celebrated 'Fab at 40'

We were super excited to celebrate Fab at 40's birthday and decided to turn our traditional, annual fundraiser into a picnic this year. Fab at 40 themed, of course! With the weather in our favour, we enjoyed our picnic in Highbury Fields with delicious food, a wine tasting and quiz followed by playing pétanque. Thanks to everyone for contributing and making this a great afternoon.





Fab at 40 party

Save the date, NASS London Members, Friends & Families! Saturday, 24th September is the day when we celebrate FAB AT 40. Join us on 24th September afternoon in ...Camden, London, for a get together. Picnic or pub, whatever the weather allows for. Save the date NOW and watch out for details nearer the time.

2016 Summer Break

NASS Camden are taking a break for the summer and will return on Monday 5 September.

NASS Summer BBQ 2015

This year, we hosted our annual Fundraiser BBQ in Islington. Special thanks goes to our member Nick and his wife Ros, who allowed us to take over their garden for the afternoon, enjoy the delicious food and the fun wine tasting competition. We also thank Robert for his fiendish quiz and everyone else who contributed to this event, whether it was by bringing home made cake or prizes for the quiz winners.
We are happy to annouce that the event raised over £300 for the group - thanks to everyone who supported us.



London (Camden) welcomes Helgi Olafson

We had the honour of welcoming triathlete Helgi Olafson to our branch end of June on his Pedal to the Medal 2015 tour. Helgi was diagnosed with AS at an early age and shared his amazing story on managing AS with us. He brought his very recent Iron Man medal with him, which just highlights that it is possible to achieve more than we think, with ambition, tenacity and the right treatment.

Read more about Helgi's success story and his latest fundraising effort, The Helgi Olafson Foundation 2016 Calendar, in the Pedal to the Medal 2015 article.




Camden completes Capital Challenge 

Thanks to everyone who fundraised and took part in the Capital Challenge walk on Sunday, 17th May 2015. We have collected a staggering £320 for NASS (and counting), which means that we have more than doubled the amount that we aimed for.

Thanks again to everyone for making this happen.




London (Camden) is fundraising for NASS

We are fundraising for NASS by taking part in the Capital Challenge on Sunday 17th May 2015. Both 3 and 6 mile walks take place in central London.

Please join us and help us in achieving or even exceeding our target to support NASS. Here is the link to the JustGiving page:

Any donations are welcome - no matter how small. Many thanks to everyone in advance for supporting NASS. This is much appreciated.


NASS Parliamentary reception 2014

Branch members Angus Robertson (far left) and Sabine Maerky (far right) joined Debbie Cook (middle) at the November 2014 reception at the Houses of Parliment, which was held in the Churchill Room this year.

MP Huw Irranca-Davies hsted the event to launch the next steps in the As it is campaign to thank fundraisers and supporters.

For more photos, check out NASS's Facebook page.


London Bridges Challenge 

Thanks to our London (Camden) branch members Phil, Sabine, Sophie, David and James, who took part in the London Bridges Challenge on 18th May 2014. It was a fabulous day out, we were blessed with sunshine and enjoyed walking as a group. Many thanks also to those who helped us in achieving (and exceeding) our donation target. We have, so far, raised £140 for NASS, which is greatly appreciated.



Super Phil's Skydive for Branch

Our chairman Philip McMullan raised over £1,200 in autumn 2013 by completing a tandem skydive from 10,000 feet. The jump was a birthday present from Phil's wife Tamsin and he thought it was a great opportunity to raise money and awareness for NASS. Phil and everyone at the branch would like to thank to his family and friends for their generous support.




Another brilliant BBQ 

Hello NASS branch members and friends! We had another brilliant branch BBQ on 20 September 2013.  We were lucky with the weather and even graced with some sunshine in the afternoon!  We feasted on drinks, juicy burgers, sausages and to top it off - home made cup cakes.  Thanks to everyone for coming along and the contributions made to support our branch. A special thank you to Beverley and Annabel for allowing us to use their beautiful garden again this year.


Festive Spirit at NASS London (Camden)

Happy New Year to all our branch members, families and friends! We ended 2012 with our traditional Christmas dinner after the last gym/hydro therapy session in the year.

Many of our members came to join us and to make this is a fun get-together. This year we celebrated at the Roebuck, which is our usual meeting place for drinks after our sessions.

Thanks again to everyone for coming.



Flying the Flag event at the Houses of Parliament

Branch members Angus Robertson (from the right), Sabine Maerky, Howard Jones and Sophie Matthew (NASS Campaigns Officer) were invited to attend the November 2012 NASS reception at the Houses of Parliament.  As also at the last reception in 2010, the purpose was to thank the many NASS donors, supporters, volunteers from the branches and health professionals present for all their hard work and generosity in helping to make 2012 a successful year for NASS.  MP Andrew George hosted the event at the Pavilion Terrace.

To see more photographs please click here. 


Our Brilliant BBQ - Summer 2012 

We had a very enjoyable branch Barbeque and fundraiser on Saturday 18th August.  It was – despite an early downpour – a lovely afternoon and thanks must go to Beverley and Annabel Rowe for allowing us use of their beautiful garden. Thanks also to everyone who came along and please pass on thanks to family and friends who also supported the event. It was great to see everyone together; a reminder that the branch is lucky to have such a lovely group of members. For all those who sadly could not make it – you will have to make sure you get along for our next event.

We are delighted to inform you that we raised a profit of £240 for the branch on the day, with a few more donations still to be received. If anyone wants to make a donation, please get in touch! Our sessions start again on Monday September 3rd – hope to see you all then or soon after.


Fantastic Fundraisers - NASS en Masse 2012

Thanks to all of those who took part in the NASS En Masse walk and to those who made donations via Justgiving or directly at the NASS stand. I am glad to report that we have reached our donation target (even exceeded it!) and that it didn't rain today despite the grim weather forecast. We had a splendid day and therefore please see a few photos from today.

Thanks again to everyone!!

Saturday 19th May was the London leg of this year’s NASS fundraising drive, Nass En Masse. The event was a 5km sponsored walk followed by a picnic in the lovely surroundings of Richmond Park.






Connecting to our members!

We now have a new Facebook page for our branch! Thanks to Dave for setting it up. 

Please check it out and let us know by "liking" us!


NASS Camden Branch stand at the Royal Free Hospital

As part of the NHS Self Care Week, we arranged and manned a stand in the lobby of the Royal Free Hospital on Monday, 14th November 2011. This gave us a unique opportunity to raise awareness for AS and the weekly hydrotherapy/gym sessions that we offer at the hospital. 

A number of branch members joined in making this day a success and several members of hospital staff helped greatly too.  We made contact not only with prospective group members and their families/friends but also with medical professionals who visited the stand.  The photographs show some of those involved: Sophie, Howard, Sabine, Jeanette and Paul as well as the Director of Therapy Services/Physiotherapy Professional Lead at the hospital, Laura Leadsford.  

Many thanks to Paul and Phil for taking these photos.

Thanks also to everyone else who took part in supporting our branch on that day


We need your support

Dear Current and Prospective Branch Members, Families and Friends!

As our AS branch cannot succeed without your support, we are looking for helpers to distribute flyers within Camden and surrounding boroughs to advertise our branch. (Click on the picture of the flyer to download a copy)

Don't panic, we won't ask you to stand at the street corner distributing them! All we would ask you is to take a few flyers with you to your next GP appointment, or, if you are diagnosed with AS, to your rheumatologist/specialist. Please ask whether you can leave some flyers somewhere in the waiting area or/and pin up onto a notice board. It is important that your health professional and also the receptionists are aware that these flyers are available so that they can direct AS patients to them.

They might also need to be told that NASS is the only registered charity in the UK for people with ankylosing spondylitis (AS).

Most people with AS are not aware that we offer hydrotherapy and gym sessions and therefore it is important that we reach all these people in our area and surroundings. 

Believe it or not, you can be the one who changes someones life by leaving flyers at your GP or pinning them on a wall at your local gym, pilates/yoga centre or swimming pool.

Please contact Sabine or Paul (see contact details on the top of this page) if you wish to receive flyers and help for a good cause. 

We look forward to hearing from you!


New name - same branch

The Branch members decided at the last AGM to change the name of the Branch from NASS London (Hampstead & Highgate) to NASS London (Camden).  It was agreed by all that the new name more accurately reflected the area where potential branch members would come from.  It was also felt that this name change would assist in any funding applications. 


Branch AGM - 31st January 2010

This year's AGM was well attended and Maddy Randall, NASS Branch Development Officer was also invited to attend. Members were able to report that they had successfully set up two groups from the membership, one group to seek out external fundraising for the branch and the other to find ways to raise awareness of AS and the branch .  At the AGM they were able to announce that they have designed and distributed new leaflets, and have started applying to local trusts and foundations.  There are also plans to organise a quiz night to raise money.  


Warm welcome at the Houses of Parliament - Wednesday 1 December 2010

Sabine Maerky, Branch Member (centre) and Paul Snow, Branch Contact (right) were recently invited to attend a NASS reception at the Houses of Parliament.  The purpose was to thank the many NASS donors, supporters, volunteers from the branches and health professionals present for all their hard work and generosity in helping to make 2010 a year of very special achievement for NASS.  It was hosted by the MP Andrew George who himself has AS and who speaks from personal experience when he talks to NASS members.