We were joined by 170 members, guests, trustees and speakers at this year's Members Day for 7 hours of learning, activity and chatting at St Mary's University, Twickenham.
We were so pleased to see such a large number of people join us for our AGM and Members Day on 9 June. The day opened with our AGM and an update on the work of NASS as well as the plans going forward. A talk on NASS funded research into fatigue then followed from Nathan Pearson at Warwick University and the all important Trustee elections during the coffee break.
After the break members attended workshops on Fatigue, Anxiety and Exporing AS. Many thanks to Clare Clark, Dave Smithson of Anxiety UK for presenting, as well as NASS trustees Claire Harris and Andrew Keat for leading in Exploring AS.
Friends and family meanwhile, were treated to the 'AS Game of Life' led by Colin Beevor, Claire Jeffries and Ronnee Bungue from Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth and Carol McCrum from East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust. Everyone enjoyed this new way to learn more about dealing with the everyday issues that can be affected by having AS.
After lunch we announced the results of our trustee elections to the Council of Management. Congratulations to Ben Hoare on re-election and to Paul Curry and Patricia O'Callaghan on being elected for the first time. You can read more about our Council of Management and who they are here.
Finally, all guests embarked on an afternoon of activity taking part in Chi Walking and Running and a game of Walking Football. Many thanks to Gray Caws and Elaine Jackson of Chi Running UK, and to Mick Geraghty and Dave Gentry of Middlesex FA for organising such fun and interesting sessions.
At this point we should also thank the health care professionals who took the time to chat one to one with members - Rheumatologists Dr Andrei Calin, Dr Andrew Keat, Dr Richard Jacoby and Dr Raj Sengupta; Physiotherapists Claire Harris and Claire Jeffries; and Rheumatology Nurses Colin Beevor and Ronnee Bungue.