Last updated:10th November 2017

NASS member's monster marrow makes headlines!

A long-standing NASS member has made local headlines with his 25-inch marrow - and he'd like to share his story!

David Joseph, who is 80, has lived with AS for many years. He found gardening as a great way to keep active and help manage the condition, and has grown vegetables in his garden for 25 years. This summer, one in particular stood out.

“I noticed this marrow at the beginning of July,” a gleeful David told the Hackney Gazette.

“It just kept growing. My daughter told me to leave it and see what happens so I did – and it just grew beautifully.”

David has lived alone since his wife died, and his whilst his AS had made it harder for him to get down on his hands and knees to tend to his vegetables, he has no plans to stop any time soon.

David told NASS, "Whatever I want to do, I can find a way. And if I can't, I'll find someone who can do it for me!"

“I’ve had both hips replaced, have asthma and high blood pressure but I’m still doing it.

“Years ago my neighbours used to grow vegetables too, but some died and I’m the only one still keeping it up.”

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank David for his wonderful donation of £100 to help NASS support others like him.


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