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National Osteoporosis Society

Osteoporosis helpline

0845 450 0230

9am - 5pm Mon-Fri

Aberdeen & North East

Meetings held at Rubislaw Church Centre, 1 Beaconsfield Place, Aberdeen AB15 4AB from 2pm - 4pm (with refreshments at 3:30pm).

Support Group Newsletters:
January 2013

Programme 2014:

5th February
Falls prevention classes in Aberdeen: an overview

5th March
The Aberdeen befriending service for older people Bethany Christian Trust

2nd April
How to look after your feet to preserve your balance
Speaker: Rachael Little (Community Podiatrist)

7th May
Travels & memories of a midwife in Scotland & Africa
Speaker: Isobel Bracewell (Support Group member)

4th June
Annual fundraising tea party for our Charity

2nd July
Summer outing: venue to be decided

3rd September
An update on bone density scans and the DXA  scanning service in Aberdeen
Speaker: Lana Gibson (Radiographer)

1st October
Annual general meeting and Medical Update
Speaker: Professor David Reid (Medical Advisor)

5th November
The Duthie Park Restoration Project
Speaker: Alan Findlay

3rd December
Christmas party - with entertainment provided

 


 

 

Legacy report:

Two years ago (2011) the committee of Aberdeen & NE Support Group were informed that we had been left a legacy by a former member who had sadly died.

In such circumstances we all had mixed feelings. Saddened by the death of a member, yet so grateful for her thoughtfulness and also somewhat apprehensive about the responsibility imposed on us of spending such a large sum of money in a responsible way. Six months later £5,000 was in our bank account with some serious decision making needed.

We felt required to consider what we could contribute to at a local level as well as supporting the charity nationally.  So this is where the money went:

We sponsored two researchers working in the Medical Science Dept of Aberdeen University to attend a prestigious international conference in France on osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.  Feedback from them was good and they provided us with an excellent report on the lectures they attended. Since then one of the researchers has come to a group meeting to talk to us about her research.

We donated £900 towards the charity's 'Helpline' during the Big Give Christmas challenge week during December 2011. This was matched by the Big Give sponsors, making it worth £1,800

Almost £300 was donated towards the £1 per mile pledge walked by members during the charity's 25th anniversary year. We also contributed almost £1,000 towards the work of the local osteoporosis service to provide funding for their Bone Marker Service which receives no money from the NHS.

Finally we sponsored a very successful study day for clinicians and social care workers last year entitled 'Boost Your Bones' which was organised by the local Falls Service.  Oh I nearly forgot to mention that our own members also benefitted from the legacy as we funded a bus for our July outing last year.  What a pity it was such a wet day although our spirits weren't dampened!

So two years on the money has all gone plus a little more from our funds and we all feel it was spent in the best way possible as I hope the provider of the legacy would agree.    

 

For further information regarding the support group please contact: 

Anne Simpson, National Development Manager, Scotland
Tel: 01698 811 171
Email: a.simpson@nos.org.uk

 

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Falls are a major cause of disability and the leading cause of mortality due to injury in people aged over 75 in the UK

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