Two mums are hoping to raise awareness of a rare medical condition by highlighting their shared plight during a special event in Driffield.
Claire Arundel, 39, and Siobahn Hamminga, 30, who both live in the town, each suffer from painful Psoriatic arthritis - a debilitating disease which affects the joints.
Mum of two Claire, who had previously suffered from psoriasis, developed psoriatic arthritis after the birth of her second child and mother of one Siobhan was diagnosed recently.
Claire said the condition was marked by periods of remission and flare ups which could be very debilitating and in extreme cases could lead to disability.
“I’m holding an event along with my friend Siobhan Hamminga in September, “ she explained. “We are holding an afternoon tea party, drinks, cakes and little treats, at Cass Hall, Driffield on Saturday 14 September between 2pm and 4pm, as well as refreshments and we will also have a few local companies hosting stalls to keep people occupied.
“Funds raised will go to the Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance which is a UK based charity helping people with this condition.”
Claire said: “I was unfortunately diagnosed with it at 34 and Siobhan a few months ago at 29.
“Our friendship has come about because a mutual friend knew we both had the same problem so put us in touch with each other and it’s lovely in a small town having someone to talk to, so it would be nice to raise the profile just in case there is anyone else out there locally with it. I also turn 40 this year and have created a list of ‘40 things to do before I turn 40’ and raising some money for this charity was on my list.”
The Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance provides support for people who are affected by psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Find out more at www.papaa.org/