Walk Your AS Off

Walk Your AS Off (WYASO) is an annual virtual step challenge every May. It's all about getting active for health, raising awareness about axial SpA and raising vital funds for NASS.

It’s organised by Walk AS One, an all-volunteer organisation that mobilises and motivates a global community to raise awareness and address the challenges of those affected by axial spondyloarthritis and its family of related diseases.

NASS supports this event, alongside other organisations worldwide, to help raise awareness of axial SpA and raise funds to support our vital work.

Thank you to everyone who took part in WYASO 2023!

33 amazing fundraisers joined #TeamOrangeApples, #TeamNASSPAWs and #TeamASBuzzers, led by Gillian Eames, NASS Trustee, and Kathy Miller, lifetime NASS supporter steppers, and raised over £8,500 for NASS, took thousands of steps and raised awareness of axial SpA by sharing their stories, walks and journeys. Thank you.

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Your stories

Read the stories of some of those who took part in Walk Your AS Off 2023

Caroline Brocklehurst & Minnie, Walk Your AS Off 2023

Caroline's story

“Walk your AS Off is a great initiative, as I can tailor my steps to whatever I’m able to manage each day whilst still fulfilling the brief of keeping active and I’ll be fundraising at the same time!”

Read Caroline's story

Kevin Trebell & Arthur, Walk Your AS Off 2023

Kevin's story

“This is my first year helping to raise funds for NASS and I am delighted with the support of my friends and family during such a difficult time. I’m so lucky to be so supported.”

Read Kevin's story
Walk Your AS Off 2023, Abi Cowley

Abi's story

“If you are like me and have never been ‘into’ exercise and you struggle with pain, can I encourage you to just take one step at a time, even if that means just hobbling down the road, keep going, it will help in the end.”

Read Abi's story

The impact of your support

  • £10 can enable our Helpline team to respond to a call or email and provide guidance and advice to anyone affected by axial SpA.
  • £25 could help provide a pack of NASS guidebooks for a local axial SpA clinic.
  • £50 could help our team provide 1:1 welfare and benefits support for someone living with axial SpA.
  • £100 could help by contributing towards the cost of one of our weekly My AS My Life sessions to help people living with axial SpA manage their symptoms between hospital appointments.
  • £250 could help us run an online session to help up to 20 people learn how to manage symptoms of axial SpA, such as extreme pain, severe exhaustion and poor sleep.

We urgently need your support

Your support for NASS and people with axial SpA is more critical than ever:

  • As the NHS recovers from the pandemic, 67% of people with axial SpA are being left to cope with debilitating pain, exhaustion and fatigue alone.
  • The current economic climate has meant that we have seen a reduction in fundraising income.
  • With a cost-of-living crisis, more people than ever need support to claim life-changing disability benefits they are entitled to.

Axial SpA works silently. We don’t.

Axial SpA is an inflammatory condition of the spine and joints.  Inflammation where muscles attach to the bones, causes extreme pain. It’s an invisible and often misdiagnosed condition. Often leaving people feeling powerless, in increasing pain and extreme exhaustion. If left untreated, it can permanently fuse bones together.

NASS is the only charity in the UK dedicated to supporting people with axial SpA. NASS doesn’t receive any statutory funding. We rely on your kindness and generosity, and other people like you, to help us transform the diagnosis, treatment and care of people with axial SpA and help more people live well with the condition sooner.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about Walk Your AS Off, please email fundraising@nass.co.uk or call 020 8741 1515 and press option 2.

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Other ways to fundraise

  • 220k

    Adults in the UK

    1 in 200 of the adult population in the UK have axial SpA (AS). That's twice as many as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease.

  • 24

    Average age

    Axial SpA (AS) is a condition that affects young people. Symptoms start late teens to early twenties, with the average age of onset being 24.

  • 8.5

    Years to diagnosis

    The current average delay to diagnosis from when symptoms start is 8.5 years, by which irreversible damage to the spine may have occurred.

  • 59%

    Mental health

    59% of people with axial SpA (AS) report experiencing mental health problems compared to 25% of those with musculoskeletal conditions overall.