OFFICIAL CHARITY PARTNER
NASS is the only UK registered charity dedicated to AS
Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is a form of inflammatory arthritis that primarily affects the spine, an issue for an estimated 200,000 people in the UK. It's a life-long condition that afflicts people differently at different times. In severe cases, it can provoke a fusion of the spine, causing pain, isolation and deformity. AS is also characterised by periods of intense pain, known as flares, which can last for weeks at a time.
More than 200,000 people in the UK have AS. We're fighting to improve treatment and care to help people with AS take control of their lives. And with your support, we're funding research to help beat AS.
NASS provide support, advice and information to people with AS. We are committed to keeping people as informed as possible about AS. We believe that people who understand their AS and how it should be managed will have the best possible outcome.
As well as the natural link with the race name, the partnership will promote the importance of exercise in treating AS, which can help improve mobility, flexibility and reduce stiffness.
“We are delighted to welcome NASS as our official charity of the MONTANE® Spine®,” says co-race director Scott Gilmour. “Given the beneficial role exercise can play for many sufferers of NASS, we saw a great opportunity to not only collaborate and promote the role NASS plays supporting individuals diagnosed with AS, but also raise awareness and help spread the message.”
“We are really excited to partner with the MONTANE® Spine® Fusion and Flare events,” says NASS chief executive Debbie Cook. “Our partnership will help to raise vital awareness of AS.”
“Alongside medication, exercise is the cornerstone of treatment for AS,” says Raj Mahapatra, NASS chair – who completed the inaugural MONTANE® Spine® Fusion. “The fitter and more flexible you are, the more able you will be to deal with the stiffness and pain. Whether you walk a mile a day or take on a bigger challenge, it’s important to find what works for you and do something you enjoy, and push yourself whenever you can. We’re thrilled to partner with the MONTANE® Spine® to highlight this message.”
For further information visit NASS.