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Hospital children paint a picture about their illness

Did you know that children can have arthritis? 

Many people believe that arthritis is only something that affects the elderly. This is not the case - the youngest diagnosis at Southampton General Hospital has been just 13 months.
Sarah Hartfree, Paediatric Rheumatology Nurse Specialist says: “To help the children get to grips with their diagnosis, we asked all our children with arthritis to paint some pictures about what it means to live with this illness as a child. We are really proud of the children. 
“Very few people would ever think that their child has arthritis, so we hope that this event will help to raise awareness. Arthritis affects about 10,000 children in the UK under the age of 16. This involves inflammation, pain and swelling in one or more joints for a long period of time, and can often lead to a loss in mobility.” 
“We are really excited that these pieces of artwork will be shown in the Southampton Art Gallery from Saturday 11 January. The Mayor of Southampton will even be doing an official opening of the new gallery which will also be open to the public.”
Date: Saturday 11 January
Time: 10.00am start, with Mayor of Southampton
Venue: Southampton Art Gallery
On the day we will also be collecting for the paediatric unit at Southampton General Hospital. Come along on the day to make a donation, or call 023 8120 8881.
Last updated: 7/1/14

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