Members of the Arthritis Care Grimsby and Cleethorpes branch celebrate 25 years of support
A SOCIAL group that helps people deal with arthritis celebrated a 25-year milestone of service to our community.
Members of the Arthritis Care Grimsby and Cleethorpes branch gathered to reminisce and look forward to many more years to come at a thanksgiving service at the Grimsby Minster.
The group has 60 members – with many joining to ease the pain and isolation that is related with the disease – which causes painful inflammation of the joints.
Chairman Irene Mercer, from Grimsby, has been part of the group since day one. She said: "We hold social meetings and outings once a month so sufferers can forget about their pain.
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"I think it's fantastic the group has been running for a quarter of a century and it's because of our determination and commitment.
"I suffer with arthritis and it is so painful and horrendous – it can cause isolation."
Irene said she has lots of fond memories of her time with the group, including many outings.
The Reverend Steve Holt, assistant curate, said he was honoured to hold the service, adding it was an opportunity for the group to look ahead to many more years to come.
"It's a chance for people to get together and give thanks for the group which has played a part in our community by helping others," he said.
"Members can renew their commitment and say prayers and I think it's fantastic they have been successfully helping people for so many years."
Mayor of North East Lincolnshire, Councillor Mike Burton, said society would be a poorer place if groups like this don't keep going.
"The arthritis care group has an important role to play in the community and it's great that this can be recognised at the service," he said.
"The group is obviously doing something right to be still going strong after all these years."
Cleethorpes MP, Martin Vickers also attended. He said: "It's a pleasure to attend a service like this where a charity has pulled together to help others."
Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, Brian Marsh, also celebrated the milestone. He said: "It's fantastic to see the group recognise their efforts at the service.
"This group is a lifeline for those who have to deal with arthritis on a daily basis."
Find out more
The group meets at the Corpus Christi Church every first Wednesday of the month, from 7pm to 9pm. For more information, call Irene on 01472 230891.