Last updated:2nd February 2018

Trustees take the plunge for NASS

Two of our wonderful Trustees took on the 1 mile Swim Serpentine Challenge in London in September 2017.

Grant Poiner has been a fantastic supporter of NASS, and joined as a Trustee in 2011. Grant was diagnosed with AS when he was just 16 years old. He tried various treatments and suffered a great deal of discomfort, until he was placed on an anti TNF treatment which has transformed his life.

Grant is keen to help raise awareness of AS and wants to ensure others receive the same support he did. He completed the Swim Serpentine in 2016 in 35 mins 59 seconds (dressed as Superman!) and beat his record this year! Well done Grant! Donate to Grant's page.

Poppy Hocken has been a NASS Member since 2011, and became a Trustee this year. She has suffered from AS since her teens but did not get a formal diagnosis for the condition until she was 35 years of age. Poppy also contributes to the AS world as a clinical research nurse, involved with many drug trials for AS, working at the RNHRD in Bath. 

Poppy took on the Swim Serpentine challenge in memory of her son Alex, who sadly passed away in November 2016. Alex suffered from the AS, along with his brother Matt. Poppy wants to ensure NASS can continue to support others like her and her family. She said, 'We as a family live with constant pain that has to be well managed through medication, exercise, physio and regular care from a Rheumatologist. NASS has been a great support to us as a family and we would like to make sure it can continue to help others.'

Poppy and her family completed the Swim Serpentine in 2015 (pictured above), raising a fantastic £1,800 for NASS. This year, Poppy and her family raised another amazing £1,717. Thank you so much. Donate to Poppy's page.




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