Posted by Madeleine Speed, the Pelvic Partnership, 11th August 2015
Hot off the press: we are very pleased to announce that the Pelvic Partnership's application for a grant from the Big Lottery Fund has been successful! Below is a copy of our press release (sent to local and national media) which outlines the details of the award, our thanks to the Big Lottery Fund for such a generous grant and how we will use the money to promote key messages about Pelvic Girdle Pain.
EMBARGO: 00.01hrs 11th August 2015 PRESS RELEASE
Charity can reach over a hundred thousand health professionals thanks to the Big Lottery Fund.How does a small national charity reach a hundred thousand healthcare professionals? Thanks to the Big Lottery Fund’s generous grant, Oxfordshire-based national charity, the Pelvic Partnership, has been awarded £10,000 to achieve this ambition. The Pelvic Partnership charity offers unique and evidence-based information and support for pregnancy-related Pelvic Girdle Pain, a debilitating but treatable condition. The charity supports women with this common and painful condition which can cause severe immobility during pregnancy and after birth. The Big Lottery Fund's Awards for All grant will enable the Pelvic Partnership's new leaflets to reach frontline healthcare professionals throughout the UK. This will ensure that GPs, midwives and physiotherapists have information on the latest treatment available and how best to help women access it quickly for a full recovery.
The Pelvic Partnership charity's literature provides a vital source of information for women with Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) and healthcare professionals. PGP affects up to 1 in 5 pregnant women. It causes pain and difficulty in walking which can hamper a woman's ability to look after her family and lead a normal life during and after pregnancy. PGP can be very incapacitating, and may last for months or even years after birth without the right treatment. The Pelvic Partnership's information can be crucial in helping women to recover by receiving the right treatment as soon as they develop symptoms. The good news is that PGP is often very straightforward to treat if women are offered manual therapy quickly. Manual therapy involves treating the pelvic joints, making sure they move symmetrically and restoring function to the painful joints so that movement is free again and without pain.The Big Lottery Fund’s grant of £10,000 will enable the charity to produce and distribute a hundred thousand copies of its upbeat and informative leaflet for healthcare professionals throughout the UK. This will inform them about what PGP is and how best to treat it quickly with manual therapy treatment.
Sarah Fishburn, Chair of the Pelvic Partnership says “we are delighted to receive this grant and proud of the recognition of the valuable work that we do at the Pelvic Partnership. We would like to thank the Big Lottery Fund for helping us realise our vision of providing information leaflets to all healthcare professionals which can raise their awareness of up-to-date treatment for PGP symptoms. We are confident that this will help them to understand PGP and the best route to successful treatment."
The Pelvic Partnership currently receives over 5,000 hits to its website each month and volunteers respond to over 1,500 emails each year and 500 phone calls from women who need information and support. The charity believes that the new leaflet will help healthcare professionals to reach many more women with PGP.