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Michael's story

Michael Jones playing his guitarBy playing the Summer Raffle, you’ll be helping people like Michael. Michael first noticed swelling in his right ankle when he was 29. His local walk-in centre told him he’d just sprained his ankle.

But when Michael visited doctors with special training in arthritis, he was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Delays in diagnosing this inflammatory condition can increase the risk of joint damage. Michael is very thankful that his doctors had special training – their early diagnosis saved him from needing surgery.

Michael said, 'Before [my treatment] I struggled just getting up the stairs, but now I have learnt to manage.

'Before I struggled just getting up the stairs... now I'm optimistic about what the future may bring.''I live my life to the fullest, enjoying the things I love. I play football twice a week and play in a band every week. It wasn’t long ago that I couldn’t even pick up a guitar, let alone play it.

'Now I’m optimistic about what the future may bring.'

At Arthritis Research UK, we want to make sure that people like Michael have access to the very best care. This will only happen if we have a world-class workforce.

Many healthcare professionals don’t receive special training into arthritis. Money raised from our raffles will fund studies like Professor Anthony Woolf's and his team, who are aiming to find out:

  • what patients want their doctors to know
  • what healthcare professionals don’t know
  • what’s stopping healthcare professionals receiving this training.

This project will give us objectives to form arthritis training programmes for nurses and other healthcare professionals.

But none of this would be possible without our generous supporters. By playing the raffle today, you are helping to fund research projects, like this one, to improve the lives of millions living with arthritis.

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New bid to improve knowledge of arthritis among health professionals

Professor Tony Woolf

Researchers have been awarded new funding to improve knowledge of arthritis among health professionals – as the number of people affected by the potentially crippling joint condition is set to rise.

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Arthritis Research UK fund research into the cause, treatment and cure of arthritis. You can support Arthritis Research UK by volunteering, donating or visiting our shops.