NASS Swindon is stretching the World Arthritis Day theme to highlight the importance of exercise in the treatment for ankylosing spondylitis
The Swindon branch of the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society (NASS) will be taking part in a national Stretch for NASS event on 19 October at Thamesdown Hydrotherapy Pool, Jefferies Avenue, Off Cricklade Road, Swindon SN2 7HJ to celebrate World Arthritis Day.
This year the theme for World Arthritis Day is ‘Move to Improve’. The NASS Swindon branch has already been moving to improve for 17 years by providing regular hydrotherapy and physiotherapy sessions concurrently at Thamesdown Hydrotherapy Pool and Great Western Hospital for people with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). ‘We will be stretching a little bit further this year to help raise the profile of AS and hope to raise awareness of the Emergency Ventilation Appeal (EVA) launched on 1 September 2011 (see feature below), to raise £135,000 for important maintenance / repairs at the Thamesdown Hydrotherapy’ said Dominic McNamara Chairperson of the branch.
Branch member, Giuseppe Lorusso, said ‘The NASS branch has been a lifeline for me. It has given me structure to my exercises and access to a physiotherapist when I have needed it. Attending the weekly sessions has definitely helped me to remain more active and mobile’.
Justin Tomlinson MP, "I am very supportive of this charity. I have spoken to a number of local residents who have said they are making a real difference to their lives. We have much to do to help not only the symptoms to be identified quickly, but adequate support and care being put into place."
Emergency Ventilation Appeal (EVA)
September 1 2011 marked the launch of the Thamesdown Hydrotherapy Pool Association’s Emergency Ventilation Appeal to raise £135,000.
The Appeal is to raise funds to upgrade/replace both the existing ventilation systems. The original system, now 30 years old, is unable to operate at full capacity allowing hot moist air from the pool area to circulate through into the new changing room area. This area has its own ventilation system but was not designed to handle the additional moist air from the pool. In addition to extremely high temperatures (up to 110F) throughout the facility this has over a period of 5/6 years caused considerable condensation damage to the changing room ceilings.
In addition to replacing the ventilation systems all the ceiling areas damaged by condensation in the changing rooms have to be replaced with damp resistant materials, re-route numerous cable runs to accommodate new suspended ceilings and make good all damage to decor. The work will be split into three phases to ensure that any loss of user pool time is kept to a minimum.
Phase One: Remove old machinery from plant room. Replace original ventilation system to the pool area and increase ventilation duct layout on both side of the pool. Re-site pool area lighting away from new air duct configuration.
Phase Two: Remove all ceilings damaged by condensation in the changing rooms and fit external roof/wall vents in these areas. Make good all water damage and fit new suspended ceilings. Re-route cable runs as necessary.
Phase Three: Upgrade changing room areas ventilation system. Make good all damaged decor throughout the facility.
Phase 2 and 3 can not start until phase one is completed.
Donations for the Appeal can paid directly to the Hydrotherapy Pool.
Cheques made payable to the ‘Thamesdown Hydrotherapy Pool Association’, or to any branch of HSBC Bank using Sort Code 40-43-35 A/c No.41525247. Cheques made payable to ‘THPA EVA’.
We are also on Virgin Money Giving. You can just donate or if you our participating in a sponsored event you can make your own giving page through their website (when on the site enter our name and then follow instructions).
Don’t forget, if you pay income tax please complete a ‘Gift Aid’ form which is available at the Pool.
Donations to date – Running Total £5,610.00
£98.00 Mrs Baker – Jam making
£100.00 Miss McNamara
£300.00 Mrs Morrison – Fete stall
£55.00 Individual Pool Users
£5000 Friends of THP
£57 Mr James Woolford – Jam making