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MPs queue up to be Arthritis Champions at our Parliamentary reception

Published on 08 December 2014

MP George Freeman holding an ‘I’m an Arthritis Champion’ cardOur Arthritis Champion campaign kicked off in style as part of our second-ever parliamentary reception.

Twenty-seven MPs signed up to be Arthritis Champions at the event, which aimed to raise awareness of the needs of people with arthritis and highlight the challenges to limiting its impact.

By becoming Arthritis Champions, MPs committed to joining us in the fight against arthritis, and campaign in their communities for the changes set out in our ground-breaking manifesto Prevent, Transform, Cure.

Minister for Life Sciences George Freeman MP (pictured above becoming an Arthritis Champion) delivered a keynote speech about the challenges and opportunities facing the research sector, and the way Arthritis Research UK is leading the way in meeting them.

'I’m delighted that so many MPs have already agreed to work in partnership with us by signing up to be Arthritis Champions.'

Dr Liam O’Toole, Chief Executive Officer for Arthritis Research UK

During the event, the Minister, MPs and Peers heard a first-person account of how arthritis can impact someone’s life.

David Lewis, 31, who has had arthritis since childhood, gave a personal account of his experience, and spoke inspirationally about the way he has overcome the condition to represent England at powerchair football. Read David's story about speaking up for people with arthritis.

Our Chief Executive Officer Dr Liam O’Toole said: 'Over 10 million people are living with a musculoskeletal condition today in the UK. I believe that our manifesto can be a vital tool to the prevention and cure of musculoskeletal conditions, while transforming the lives of people living with them.

'I’m delighted that so many MPs have already agreed to work in partnership with us by signing up to be Arthritis Champions.

'I’m looking forward to many more parliamentary candidates becoming Arthritis Champions over the next six months so that we can make a real difference to the lives of people with arthritis.'

Is your next MP an Arthritis Champion? Ask your local candidates to support our manifesto and become Arthritis Champions.

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David Lewis speaks up in Parliament for people with arthritis

David Lewis preparing for his speech

David Lewis, who has had arthritis since childhood, gives his take on Arthritis Research UK's parliamentary reception, and the importance of getting behind the Arthritis Champion campaign.

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