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Skipton friend's mission to support "invisible" sufferers

Skipton friend's mission to support "invisible" sufferers

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 7:42am 6th June 2018.

People suffering from invisible illnesses in Craven are facing loneliness and isolation, according to a Skipton support group. 

The Skipton Invisible Illness Support Group was set up in January to help those with conditions such as  M.E, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia and lupus. 

The group was created by friends Anne Clews and Jill Lawson, after Anne was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. 

The pair says since January, nearly 200 people have come forward for help. Their members come from Craven and Harrogate, as well as Keighley  and Leeds.  

Anne and Jill say people are suffering from loneliness and isolation because there's no other help available. 

Jill told Stray FM: 

"There are over 50 hidden illnesses out there, but no support. Because people can't see the disability, they just walk away."

The group are now  raising money and awareness, and want to help as many people as possible. 

The group have a Facebook page, you can find out more here

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