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Please help us in our fight to help around 80,000 people suffering with Arthritis to get their lives back on track

Gloucestershire Arthritis Trust (GAT) was established in 1983 by the County's Orthopaedic surgeons to help those whose lives are blighted by the great pain and lack of mobility that is caused by Arthritis. With over 200 different kinds of Arthritis and a national figure of at least 9 million sufferers our work is never ending.

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June 18th Open Gardens at Highnam Court

Highnam Court Gardens

Sunday, June 18 is Father's Day and a perfect opportunity to enjoy the splendid grounds of Highnam Court for GAT's first Open Gardens event which runs from 11am until 4pm.

Admission is only £5 per adult, children go free.

By supporting Gloucestershire's leading Arthritis charity, you will enable GAT, in turn, to support Surgeons, Rheumatologists and Physiotherapists as they help over 70,000 people suffering with Arthritis.

Refreshments will be available in the Orangery.

There is, as you would expect, good disabled access. However only assistance dogs will be admitted. It is best to approach Highnam Court from the A40 roundabout.

SatNav should be set to GL2 8DP.


June - August, follow the Henson Pig Trail across Gloucestershire

Marketing Gloucester have organised a new sculpture trail across Gloucestershire, featuring 50 beautifully painted Old Spot pigs. Launched at the Royal Three Counties Show at Malvern on June 16th, the trail is named after the late Joe Henson, OBE, who did so much to develop the Gloucester Old Spot breed.

Starring "Henson Pig" half of the sculptures can be found in the City itself, while the other half will be located throughout the County.

The sculptures have taxed the imagination of artists and designers as well as pun enthusiasts. So you can find "Jurassic Pork", "Dame Janet Trotter" and "Harry Porker" to name just a few.

GAT's own sculpture, painted by Ellie Vandoorne, is called "Orchard Henson" after the habit of allowing the pigs to forage on fallen apples.

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Saving the knees of a generation of local sportsmen and women

There is no sound that a runner or sportsman dreads more than the 'pop' of a torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL).

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)

When leading knee surgeon Harminder Gosal asked for our help to buy sets of medical equipment, to carry out more Anterior Cruciate Ligament reconstruction surgery at Cheltenham General Hospital, we launched this new appeal.

We are asking for your help to fund the £3,454 needed for a set of specialist tools, as GAT has already committed to fund 60% of the total cost of £8,635.

Medical overview, who's at risk

The knee is the most complex joint in your body and as such is subjected to huge forces during almost all sporting or athletic activities. The Anterior Cruciate Ligament is the most important of 5 structures that resist those forces.

When your ACL is damaged people often hear a distinct 'pop' followed by intense pain. Reconstructing an ACL requires a skilled surgeon using the latest technology and can prevent patients from developing Osteoarthritis in later life.

The most 'at risk' age group for ACL reconstruction are 20 - 40 year olds, who are injured playing sport or simply running.

In Gloucestershire alone around 300 people will need such surgery in the next 12 months.

You can donate online at:

You can donate by mobile: text "Knee90 £10" to 70070 to donate £10.

Go to our Fundraising page for the full story.


GAT launches Portable Ultrasound Scanner Appeal

It's in your hands: will you help 500 people get a faster diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Over five hundred people will visit hospital, in the next 12 months, to have their hands examined to see if they are suffering from Early Inflammatory Arthritis (EIA) which can often lead to Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Kate Williams

Sometimes their medical history fits for EIA but the physical signs are not present. Conventional X-rays can't detect these earliest signs, meaning that people sometimes have to wait while the disease continues to develop before being diagnosed and started on treatment. The alternative is to have an Ultrasound scan, but even that can mean a wait of 6 - 8 weeks because of demand and capacity.

You can change that.

Gloucestershire Arthritis Trust (GAT) has launched an appeal, led by Kate Williams - royal historian, author and broadcaster, to buy a Portable Ultrasound Scanner that can immediately detect the very earliest signs of disease, saving up to 500 people a year - mostly women - from the pain and worry of a delayed diagnosis.

To donate online go to: See the full story on the Fundraising page.


GAT funds NHS physio pilot scheme to help people with chronic hip and knee pain

The Gloucestershire Arthritis Trust (GAT) is working with the Gloucestershire Hospitals Physiotherapy service and Leisure@cheltenham to trial a year-long pilot scheme called LEAP (Lower Extremity Activity Programme) for people who have chronic hip and knee pain.
see the full story on the News page


Waitrose customers give GAT Chairman something to smile about

Waitrose customers give GAT Chairman something to smile about

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Easter Chicks taste good and do good too

Chick Chick

Children suffer with Arthritis - Eleanor's story

Eleanor is a typical 10 year old girl, who loves ballet and gymnastics.
Four months ago she began to complain of a general aching in her knees after any activity.
Gradually the pain became worse, affecting her ability to walk.
Within a week she had stopped all activities and couldn't even go to school her parents were very concerned.
Click here to find out how GAT assisted in getting Eleanor back on track.

In 2014 the Gloucestershire Arthritis Trust raised 1,345 selling knitted chicks.
It will allow GAT to give extra support to the Children's Clinic so that they can help over 100 children, like Eleanor, who suffer from Arthritis in Gloucestershire.


GAT 30th Anniversary: 1983 - 2013

GAT 30th sticker


To mark our 30th Anniversary, we launched a countywide campaign supporting at least 10 local hospitals.

Our aim was to raise enough to give each of them £3,000 so that they can better care for patients suffering with Arthritis.

See the full story on our news page here.

Spinal Surgery

It would take 21,600 cups of tea and slices of cake to raise the £54,000 we spent to provide the surgeons at Gloucester Royal Hospital with the very latest in Spinal Surgery equipment.

Before GAT's donation, only 3-4 spinal operations took place each month, but following GAT's help over 200 operations can now be performed every year.

Luckily, our supporters donated extra money through recycled cards, donations in lieu of presents for major anniversaries and other acts of kindness.

picture of surgeon

Good Fundraising Code

Good Fundraising Code

GAT was among the first charities to adopt the new "Good Fundraising Code".
You will see the bright yellow graphic icon (pictured left) appearing on our website and literature as it is produced.

This code has four principles:

  • To treat donors and supporters of all kinds with honesty and respect.
  • To be transparent when asked about cost ratios, costs of fundraising and related issues.
  • To abide by all legal regulations governing fundraising and aim for best practice.
  • To have a complaints procedure for supporters to access when they do have a complaint about any fundraising.

Please contact us for more information:

Gloucestershire Arthritis Trust
Cheltenham General Hospital,
Sandford Road,
GL53 7AN

Email:    Telephone: 01242 221005    Twitter: Tweet @GlosArthritis

This website was last updated on 14th June 2017
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