Written by Madeleine Speed, the Pelvic Partnership, July 2015
Cath 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: