GROUP OF THE WEEK - Falkirk District Fibromyalgia Support Group

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A local group is helping people in the Falkirk area live with the effects of fibromyalgia (FMS).

The chronic syndrome causes widespread pain and profound fatigue affecting the muscles, ligaments and other associated tissues of the body.

Sufferers with severe symptoms can often have a poor quality of life and find it difficult to hold down a job which causes feelings of depression.

The Falkirk District Fibromyalgia Support Group is there to help people cope with the stresses the condition brings on.

Janet Simpson, who helps run the group, said: “We’re a very mixed group who make the extra effort to meet up with fibro friends who understand our situation.

“We have a laugh, chat together, have a cuppa and share new ideas and suggestions for activities, outings and fundraising that can enhance our mood and attitude to life.”

The group, which has around 25 members, runs a charity shop for one week every year and has other events such as tombolas, prize bingo and raffles to raise funds throughout the year.

The group also raises awareness of the condition and welcomes fellow sufferers and their carers or friends.

WHO: Falkirk District Fibromyalgia Support Group

WHERE: Dundas Resource Centre, Oxgang Road, Grangemouth

WHEN: Last Monday of month, 11 a.m.

CONTACT: Sandra Barbour, 07841 725 228

To be our Group of the Week, e-mail your details or call (01324) 690249.