AS president of Arthritis Care, may I draw your readers’ attention to our awareness week (April 20-26)?

I’m proud of the work we do in supporting some of the nine million people in the UK who have this complex and often devastating disease, which all too often is ignored as an inevitable part of growing old.

The suffering it causes affects people of all ages, and can be very distressing indeed, which is why our message this week is a simple but vital one: if you have arthritis you don’t need to struggle alone with the pain. There’s plenty of support out there to help you take control of your pain and your life.

Getting a free ‘Pain Pack’ from Arthritis Care is a good starting point. Just go to or call the Arthritis Care Helpline on 0808 800 4050 to find out more.

Jane Asher

Arthritis Care President