Alok Sharma, the Member of Parliament for Reading West, last week attended the Reading Fibromyalgia Support Group’s Christmas Fayre in Pangbourne.
Twenty charities were invited by the Fibromyalgia group to participate at the fayre and raise money for their respective charities.
The Christmas fayre was organised by the leader of Reading Fibromyalgia Support Group Alice Gostomski. It featured stalls with an array of Christmas gifts, charity Christmas cards, a range of refreshments including delicious mince pies and a tombola on which Alok won a lovely teddy bear for his golden retriever Olly.
Fibromyalgia is a long-term condition causing musculoskeletal pain and fatigue disorder. The cause of Fibromyalgia is still unknown, but it is thought to be related to abnormal levels of certain chemicals in the brain and changes in the way the central nervous system processes pain messages carried around the body. There is currently no cure for Fibromyalgia.
Alok has been a long term supporter of the Reading Fibromyalgia Support Group and is very proud of the work the group does in helping sufferers locally.
Alok Sharma MP said: “The Christmas fayre was a wonderful opportunity to have fun whilst at the same time raising money and awareness for the work of the Reading Fibromyalgia Support Group.”
Alice Gostomski, Leader of the Reading Fibromyalgia Support Group said: “The group were delighted that Alok Sharma could attend the Christmas Fayre. Everyone was pleased to see Alok, he met all the Fibro group helpers, most he knew by name, and all the other charities. Alok joined in the fun event, and it was a pleasure that Alok’s mother and father also supported the event. Dr Deepak Ravindran and Dr Antoni Chan also attended with Rheumatology staff from the Royal Berkshire Hospital. For further details on the Fibromyalgia Support Group please email firstname.lastname@example.org.”