Trowbridge balloons float notion of help for rare illness
A support group hopes a balloon release held for Fibromyalgia Awareness Week will prompt more Trowbridge people with the condition to seek help.
On Monday, members of the group met in the town’s park to support a national campaign raising the profile of the illness, which causes sleep deprivation, chronic pain, fatigue and forgetfulness.
Trowbridge Fibro was set up in January by Lesley Tapp, who was diagnosed with the condition three years ago, and now has 80 members.
They meet at Trowbridge Civic Centre at 11am on the second Mon-day of each month and also at 7.30pm every third Monday of the month.
Mrs Tapp, winner of the Wiltshire Times Com-munity Hero Award for June, said: “This balloon launch is just amazing and I’m so overwhelmed by the turnout that I’m close to tears.”
She added: “This condition only affects two per cent of people, which means that not many people know about it, so events like this really help more people understand about it.
“Our group does some fantastic work, as we are there for each other and understand what we are all going through.”
Trowbridge mayor David Halik, the town crier Trevor Heeks, and Wiltshire Councillor Keith Humphries, the cabinet member responsible for public health, attended the balloon release in the park and offered their backing to Trowbridge Fibro and the awareness campaign.
Cllr Humphries said: “The work this group does is fantastic.
“I hope, as a result of this event, more people with the condition come forward, as this is a very nasty condition.”
The national Fibromyalgia Awareness Week will be running until next Monday.
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