Tuesday 1 September saw a fantastic turn out for the AS it is campaign reception at the Scottish Parliament.
We are very grateful to Margaret McCulloch MSP for hosting the event and addressing the audience on the issues faced by people with AS including:
- Access to physiotherapy
- Access to hydrotherapy
- The importance of work for someone with AS
- The delay in diagnosis
Mrs McCulloch also spoke about the work that NASS do and pledged her support for our campaign. Debbie Cook then followed speaking about the day to day lives of people with AS, Dr Stefan Siebert gave a clinical perspective and Murray Brown of NASS West Lothian gave a wonderful patient perspective, focussing on hydrotherapy and the threats to pools in Scotland. Raj Mahapatra closed with a thank you to everyone who had come along.
Throughout the event, NASS and our supporters were delivering the messages from the evening via Twitter, using#AS_it_is and #Splash4hydro. A massive thank you to all the MSPs who took the time to come along and speak to their constituents including Maureen Watt, Minister for Wellbeing, who listened intently to all the concerns raised.
If you would like more information or a copy of any photographs email firstname.lastname@example.org. A full gallery of photographs from the Patient Conference and Scottish Parliament can be found on our Facebook page:
Photographs by Jon Davey Photography
This event was supported by a hands-off project grant from Abbvie.