Dearne MP John Healey has joined Arthritis Research UK in raising awareness of arthritis and the devastating impact it has on one in six people in the UK.
The Labour politician showed his support at a parliamentary event hosted by Arthritis Research UK marking National Arthritis Week (7-13 October) and World Arthritis Day (12 October).
At the event, Mr Healey heard from retired firefighter Stephen Wolstenholme about how keeping active helps him to manage the pain and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis.
Professor Peter Kay, the national clinical director for musculoskeletal diseases, spoke about his role to support improvements in health outcomes for people with musculoskeletal conditions.
Mr Healey said: “I’m delighted to support Arthritis Research UK’s work in raising awareness of arthritis and other conditions of the muscles, bones and joints.
“Today’s event has helped me to fully appreciate the impact of osteoarthritis and other forms of arthritis on the daily lives of many people in the UK.
“With that in mind, it’s important that people across Rotherham and Barnsley take the opportunity to learn more about arthritis and get involved in National Arthritis Week.”
Dr Liam O’Toole, chief executive of Arthritis Research UK, said: “Osteoarthritis can be a painful and often debilitating condition.
“It can stop people from doing things many of us take for granted everyday such as walking, moving, lifting or standing.”