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Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, the Dragon Boat Race at Fairlop Waters has been cancelled this year.  However, we are planning a family fun day for 2nd September, so keep your diaries free for that day.  We'll bring you more details as soon as we have everything finalised.

We had a very informative and entertaining talk from Dr. Tommy Thomas, senior physiotherapist at King George's Hospital at our last Patient Education Forum, culminating in an exercise session for arthritis sufferers.  Dr. Tommy will be coming back to see us again, so watch out for his next visit.

Several people did not know we had been selected to take part in the Tesco 5p bags of help scheme.  
The details are below so please help if you can to boost our funds!
Arthritis Self-Help Network (London);
Project Title - Community Event Area

Please see below a list of stores taking part in the voting on our project. Feel free to share this list of stores amongst your friend, family and within your community.


To check the location of any of the above stores, please go to the Tesco website here: locator/uk/

To vote, you will need to make a purchase within store of any value. It does not have to be a large shop even a newspaper would count.  You will receive one token per transaction and it is not necessary to purchase a carrier bag in order to receive a token.
PLEASE be sure to ask for the token as some people shopped in Tesco but did not receive a token to vote.
The voting station is usually near the entrance and has two other charitable causes that are receiving votes with us.  I hope you will choose Arthritis Self-help!

Thanks and very best wishes


We have launched a new badge and card to help customers who are less able to stand, get a seat when they need one.

The “Please offer me a seat” badge and card are aimed to alert fellow customers on Public Transport that you are in need of a seat. Following a successful trial, customers said the badge and card made them feel more confident asking for a seat.

Click here to apply for a badge and card

My Swedish Massage experience.

The day after having an Ultra Scan I became aware of pains in the back of my head, they gradually got worse until I couldn't hold my head up, it felt as though someone had thrown two large bricks at me. I am a sufferer of 5 different types of Arthritis and by instinct I knew it wasn't a flare up. As the days passed the pain was more unbearable, I couldn't sleep or go to bed as lying down made the pain worse, for 5 nights I sat in a chair unable to do anything, my head getting heavier that I wished it would drop off.

As luck would have it I belong to Arthritis Self-Help Network, a charity where I do Voluntary work, usually on a Tuesday. I informed Diane (the President) I would not be able to help that week owing to my unknown condition. On Tuesday morning Diane phoned me to remind me that there would be a demonstration of Swedish massage at the Cranbrook Centre, which is located in Valentines Park in Ilford, and she asked if I could get there for a Massage as he needed a volunteer to work on.

My husband took me to the Centre where Kristian Saetre would be giving me the treatment. Kristian was passed by Dr Teresa Doherty, my Consultant Rheumatologist at King George Hospital, to perform this type of massage as being safe for arthritis sufferers.

Kristian had a special chair in which the person leans forward to give him access to massage the back. I was unable to to use the chair properly owing to the pressure it caused as I leaned forward. He worked on me for about 10 minutes sitting upright and I started to feel the weight lift off, enough for me to eventually bend forward to place my face in the hole of the specially designed chair. No one will ever understand how I felt when I was finally able to do what had become impossible for me. Gradually the pain started to go down my right shoulder, I was assured by Kristian it was normal.

I had a half hour session which took away so much of the pain, I could hold my head up again and I felt so relieved by the whole experience. Kristian told me the pains would come and go but they would eventually disperse. Now after 4 days I am feeling almost pain free.

I am so grateful to Diane for reminding me about the massage demonstration and to Kristian for his delicate touch that is still working on the excruciating pain. I am going to sleep in my own bed tonight as the worst of the pain in my head has gone, which means I will be able to lie down.

If you are reading this article and suffer from any form of pain, why not get in touch with Diane? She will be only too pleased to put you in touch with Kristian, you will not regret it, the gentle touch is the way to go. Kristian's website is here

Thank you for reading about my first experience of a massage that has almost rid me of pain and enabled me to get my life back on track.



Our application for the Tesco Bags of help scheme has been successful to improve our event area at Cranbrook Centre which is currently not suitable for disabled and wheelchair users.  
With the help of our Chairman, Graham O'Geran,t he ASNet team raised monies on their cycle ride to Paris which created our mini-allotment and herb garden so the final part to improve outside is the event area around the flag pole.  We can then look forward to lots of activities on the lawn.We have been put forward to a customer vote for MAY and JUNE 2017. 
You will find our project displayed in Tesco stores in the area.  Please vote for us when you shop there.There is no restriction on the amount you purchase at the stores - just get the token and vote for us.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects. Bags of Help offers community groups and projects across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags. The public will now vote in store during May and June on who should receive the £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 awards. If we win, we will put the funds tooward renovating our main aea by the Cranbrook Centre. For more info, visit their website at

The Arthritis Self-help Network is a charity based in London supporting people suffering with arthritis.  Please watch the short video below to see some feedback from some of our group members about products that help them deal with the condition. 

The ASNet support system is a service for anyone diagnosed with one or more of the 200 types of arthritis.

The ASNet model is designed to help a patient at the point of need, empowering them through education and a variety of therapeutic methods to help them cope with the disease on a daily basis.

An edcuated patient is easier to treat, reduces clinical time and is also a cost saving to the NHS.

 Mr Sood was a guest speaker  at one of our regular Patients' Forums at the King George Hospital Chadwell Heath on 18th March 2017. He is an expert in hand surgery, and his website is here.



ValueYou is a volunteer discount scheme that runs in 12 London Boroughs including Redbridge. If you have volunteered for 100 hours over the last past 12 months you can get a discount card and a gift voucher. You can use the card in more than 400 independent businesses across London getting a discount of 10% or more at florists, cafes, restaurants ,dry cleaners, greengrocers, butchers, bakeries and more. To register visit the website

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What Is Arthiritis?

Arthritis means literally "Inflammation of the joints". In 2012 there were some 10 million people in UK with arthritis. It is one of the leading causes of disability in the UK today and can cause stiffness and painful swelling in joints. Arthritis can affect people of all ages - indeed, there are over 12,000 children under the age of 16 in the UK who have arthritis (NHS Choices 2012).

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