Bones expert visits Hartlepool

Professor Drew Rowan and Caroline Robertson with members of the HArtlepool Arthritis Group
Professor Drew Rowan and Caroline Robertson with members of the HArtlepool Arthritis Group

AN expert in a crippling bone condition travelled to Hartlepool to share his knowledge.

The Hartlepool Arthritis Research UK (HARK) group met Professor Drew Rowan at The People’s Centre, in Raby Road, Hartlepool.

Dr Rowan, who is head of the Musculoskeletal Research Group and Professor of Molecular Rheumatology at the Institute of Cellular Medicine at Newcastle University, gave a talk to help suffers understand osteoarthritis from a research perspective.

He spoke using analogies, images, jokes and diagrams in a way that most could understood – from cows noses and mattresses to washing powder and papayas.

Everyone asked questions and left understanding the professor’s translation of the illness.

Peter Gowland, lead coordinator of HARK said: “I have never met a Professor of Molecular Rheumatology and didn’t really know how that translated but I know now. Drew was fantastic and understood first-hand the pain and suffering arthritis brings.

“Over coffee and refreshments, the group shared their own personal stories and exchanged what works and doesn’t work for them in their own personal battles against arthritis.

“The People’s Centre in Hartlepool very kindly hosted the event and provided refreshments.”

A raffle was also held raising £77 for the group.

Peter added: “Thanks to all the local businesses, especially the Victoria Social Club, who donated an amazing selection of prizes for the raffle.

“HARK meets once a month and their aims are to support each other and share their experiences, raise awareness of arthritis and the work of the charity and also fundraise to support world class research.”

If you live in or around the Hartlepool area the next group meetings are on October 21, November 18, and December 16, at 2pm, and the venue, courtesy of ASDA Hartlepool in the Community Room.

For further details telephone Peter on (01642) 262641.