Alberto Costa, MP for South Leicestershire, has given his support to a new campaign launched by Arthritis Research, ‘Room to Manoeuvre’, aimed at raising awareness for the provision of aids and adaptations for people living with arthritis.
Alberto recently attended the national charity’s reception in Parliament to hear about the campaign’s launch and to hear from people with arthritis about how aids and adaptations, such as grab rails or specialised kitchen equipment, have changed their lives.
Arthritis and related conditions are the number one cause of pain and disability in the UK, affecting 17.8 million people across the country. Many people with arthritis live with severe pain, fatigue and limited mobility every day, which make even simple tasks a challenge.
Alebrto said, “Sadly there are thousands of people in South Leicestershire that are living with some degree of arthritis, from osteoarthritis of the hip or knee, to those suffering with extreme back pain, so I was very pleased to attend this new campaign launch in order to show my support for my constituents with this awful condition, and to hear from people with arthritis about the help that makes a difference to their lives”.
Natasha Packham, a campaigner and volunteer who spoke about her condition at the event, added, “It was great to be able to share my story about aids and adaptations and the fact that I didn’t know that such help even existed, or the big difference it could make to my life. I'm glad that many so MPs, like Alberto, were able to attend, and that I was able to speak to them about this.”
Shona Cleland, Public Affairs Manager, said, “It was fantastic to see Alberto at our event. Arthritis and related conditions are the number one cause of pain and disability in the UK. However, a lack of awareness of the support – such as aids and adaptations – available to help people live independently is a real issue. Arthritis can affect every aspect of someone’s life, from getting up in the morning and going to work, to looking after family and making a meal. It’s great that Alberto wants to learn more about the help that can really make a difference to constituents with arthritis.”
Alberto concluded, “With many friends and family who sadly suffer with arthritis, I know the extreme discomfort and pain this terrible condition can cause, even when trying to do the simplest tasks, hence why this campaign is so important in highlighting the very positive effects aids and adaptations can have. They help those with the condition remain independent longer, and I should really like to ensure that those with arthritis in South Leicestershire know about the support on offer. Arthritis Research UK are doing some excellent work in helping those affected, and I would really encourage constituents to reach out to Arthritis Research UK for their expert help and advice”.
Alberto is pictured with Ms Morgan Vine, Campaigns Manager for Arthritis Research UK at the campaign launch in Parliament.