Congratulations to NASS Members Gareth and Naomi tackled the Wye Valley Challenge, raising awareness of AS and support others living with the condition.
The event was a very personal one for the pair, as Gareth was diagnosed with AS after he fractured a vertebrae in the lumbar part of his spine.
"It’s possible that I’ve had the condition from my late teens, but due to me having an active career and a keen rugby player this my have prevented the condition from showing its symptoms," said Gareth.
"After diagnosis I researched for support available and I found NASS. NASS hold a members day every year where they have expert speakers, exercise advice and the chance to meet other AS patients and support each other. They have helped with providing support not only for me but Naomi as well.
I am completing this challenge as a thank you for the help NASS have given myself and Naomi."
Naomi said "The first 11k was gruelling, very hilly but with some amazing views of the landscape. Gareth did really, really well. We supported each other on sections of the route we struggled with and thats how we got through it!
AS is a cruel condition that effects both physical and mental health.
NASS has given me the tools to support Gareth’s AS and his flare ups and can’t thank them enough."
Gareth and Naomi have raised over £1,000 for NASS - enough to fund 500 calls to our helpline. It's not too late to donate on their JustGiving page.
Thank you both for your incredible support.