Physical branch meetings are currently cancelled due to COVID-19. However there are virtual activities being run by some branches. Please contact your local branch for more information.

We hope you find the information on these pages helpful. Our team is working tirelessly to provide up to date advice in relation to the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic. Record numbers of people are now turning to NASS for support, and we hope to be here for everyone. Our helpline and advice service are only possible thanks to donations from people like you.

If you are able to make a donation to NASS today, we'd be so grateful.


Summer Swim-a-Thon

Join us for the first-ever NASS Summer Swim-a-Thon, which is all about getting active and raising funds to power our support services for everyone living with axial SpA.

The NASS Summer Swim-a-Thon is a virtual challenge, which means you can participate wherever you are in the UK. There’s no minimum or maximum distance – it’s about taking part.

It’s really easy to get involved;

  1. Choose your distance or duration. You might challenge yourself to swim some lengths of your local pool on a particular day, swim several lengths over a week or a weekend, or swim for a certain length of time. Please choose a distance or a challenge that’s right for you!
  2. Choose when. Organise your Swim-a-Thon at a time and date to suit you during July, August or September. Or if the summer months don’t work for you – you can organise your swim any time!
  3. Choose where. Your local pool is a good place for your Swim-a-Thon. You might want to choose a quiet time when there aren’t many others using the pool, or perhaps you could ask your Pool Manager could consider dedicating a lane for your swim? You could also consider an open water swim, but it’s essential that you feel confident and follow safety protocols when swimming in open water. The RNLI has some fantastic resources to help you plan an open water swim.
  4. Register. Register using the form below, and we’ll send you an exclusive NASS swimming cap and fundraising pack to make your Swim-a-Thon challenge a success! There’s no registration fee, but we ask everyone taking part to aim to raise £50 in sponsorship.
  5. Set your own sponsorship target. We ask that participants aim to raise £50, which will support our Helpline Team to be there for five people urgently needing advice or support with their axial SpA. Click here to up your fundraising page.

How your fundraising helps.

In 2021, calls to our Helpline increased by a third, and we supported over 7,500 people who were struggling with issues related to axial SpA or faced financial difficulties due to their condition. NASS doesn’t receive any statutory funding, so we rely on the kindness of people like you to help us deliver our life-changing work. Every penny you raise by taking part in the NASS Summer Swim-a-Thon will help power our support services in 2022 so that we can be there for everyone who needs us.

About Swimming with axial SpA

Swimming can be great for axial SpA. It can help improve your general fitness, flexibility and strength in a safe, low impact environment, but it’s important to swim using the right stroke and good technique. Please look at our Swimming with axial SpA page for more information on swimming with axial SpA.

Inspiring stories

Darren Fletcher in a NASS t-shirt by the pool
“When I’m swimming, it’s the only time I feel truly pain-free”

Darren Fletcher, 32, first experienced symptoms of axial SpA when he was in his late teens. Within ten years, Darren has undergone two hip replacements and multiple knee surgeries. During this time, he also discovered a love of swimming. Last September, Darren challenged himself to a 10 mile sponsored swim to raise awareness about axial SpA and support others living with the condition.  Read more.

NASS Summer Swim-a-Thon Registration Form

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