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Press release: The Big Lottery Fund £10,000 grant announcement

Posted by Madeleine Speed, the Pelvic Partnership, 11th August 2015 

Hot off the press: we are very pleased to announce that the Pelvic Partnership's application for a grant from the Big Lottery Fund has been successful! Below is a copy of our press release (sent to local and national media) which outlines the details of the award, our thanks to the Big Lottery Fund for such a generous grant and how we will use the money to promote key messages about Pelvic Girdle Pain.

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Charity can reach over a hundred thousand health professionals thanks to the Big Lottery Fund.

How does a small national charity reach a hundred thousand healthcare professionals? Thanks to the Big Lottery Fund’s generous grant, Oxfordshire-based national charity, the Pelvic Partnership, has been awarded £10,000 to achieve this ambition. The Pelvic Partnership charity offers unique and evidence-based information and support for pregnancy-related Pelvic Girdle Pain, a debilitating but treatable condition. The charity supports women with this common and painful condition which can cause severe immobility during pregnancy and after birth. The Big Lottery Fund's Awards for All grant will enable the Pelvic Partnership's new leaflets to reach frontline healthcare professionals throughout the UK. This will ensure that GPs, midwives and physiotherapists have information on the latest treatment available and how best to help women access it quickly for a full recovery. 

The Pelvic Partnership charity's literature provides a vital source of information for women with Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) and healthcare professionals. PGP affects up to 1 in 5 pregnant women. It causes pain and difficulty in walking which can hamper a woman's ability to look after her family and lead a normal life during and after pregnancy. PGP can be very incapacitating, and may last for months or even years after birth without the right treatment. The Pelvic Partnership's information can be crucial in helping women to recover by receiving the right treatment as soon as they develop symptoms. The good news is that PGP is often very straightforward to treat if women are offered manual therapy quickly. Manual therapy involves treating the pelvic joints, making sure they move symmetrically and restoring function to the painful joints so that movement is free again and without pain.The Big Lottery Fund’s grant of £10,000 will enable the charity to produce and distribute a hundred thousand copies of its upbeat and informative leaflet for healthcare professionals throughout the UK. This will inform them about what PGP is and how best to treat it quickly with manual therapy treatment.

Sarah Fishburn, Chair of the Pelvic Partnership says “we are delighted to receive this grant and proud of the recognition of the valuable work that we do at the Pelvic Partnership. We would like to thank the Big Lottery Fund for helping us realise our vision of providing information leaflets to all healthcare professionals which can raise their awareness of up-to-date treatment for PGP symptoms. We are confident that this will help them to understand PGP and the best route to successful treatment."

The Pelvic Partnership currently receives over 5,000 hits to its website each month and volunteers respond to over 1,500 emails each year and 500 phone calls from women who need information and support. The charity believes that the new leaflet will help healthcare professionals to reach many more women with PGP.

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Can you join in to sponsor Cath?

Posted by Madeleine Speed, the Pelvic Partnership, July 2015 

cath blogCath Convery is undertaking a challenging cycle ride on 2nd August 2015 on behalf of the Pelvic Partnership charity. She is taking part in the prestigious Prudential RideLondon - Surrey 100 event and joining more than 250,000 amateur cyclists who will be celebrating the legacy created by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Just as in 2012, this year's event will start in the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then follow a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside. With strenuous climbs and a route made famous by the world’s best cyclists, the course will be just as tough for Cath is it was for the 2012 Olympic athletes.

Joining together for a good cause can be the catalyst for some amazing transformations. That's how the Pelvic Partnership started. One person's drive to help others, inspired the formation of the charity in 2002 with the help of a small team of volunteers. Now we need as many supporters as possible to join together in sponsoring Cath to help the charity to continue in its work to promote awareness of pelvic pain in pregnancy. Can you sponsor Cath?

The Pelvic Partnership provides information about pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain (PGP) which affects one in five pregnant women. The symptoms include pelvic pain and difficulty walking or carrying out every day activities. In a minority of cases, severe PGP results in women having to use crutches or a wheelchair to get about. Many women endure the symptoms of pain and immobility unnecessarily because the condition has either not been diagnosed or appropriate treatment hasn't be offered. PGP can usually be treated successfully through manual therapy from, for example, a physiotherapist. More information can be found at www.pelvicpartnership.org.uk

From small beginnings the Pelvic Partnership has grown to be the key UK charity to raise awareness of pregnancy-related Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) which has offered information and support to over 1,000 helpline callers a year.

Cath says "This charity is a small one run by friends in the village but its impact is felt throughout the country. I was lucky with my children, but many women aren't and get the debilitating symptoms very early in their pregnancies. It can mean that a wonderful and joyful time becomes an immense struggle for both women and their families."

Cath is kindly running or cycling with a friend in a number of different events this year to raise money for various charities and we are very pleased that The Pelvic Partnership is one of them.
Please help the Pelvic Partnership to help other women by sponsoring Cath. Whatever you can spare will be invaluable to the charity - £2.50 pays for a leaflet about PGP, £6 pays for sending a full information pack, and £30 pays for the cost of the phone helpline for a month.

Our aim this year is to publish advertorials in GP and midwifery professional journals which will cost a total of £10,000 which is our main fundraising goal this year, so anything that you can give will support us towards achieving improved recognition among healthcare professionals, which we know is vitally important to improve the care you receive.

Good luck to Cath on 2nd August when she sets out to follow in the tyre tracks of the 2012 Olympic athletes, and many thanks to everyone who will be sponsoring Cath.

You can sponsor Cath Convery now by following this link:
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Please note, the Pelvic Partnership consists of volunteers who have had Pelvic Girdle Pain and wish to support other women. We aim to pass on information based on research evidence where available. We are not medical professionals and cannot offer medical advice. The Pelvic Partnership takes no responsibility for any action you do or do not take as a result of reading this information.
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