Sa­lon’s birth­day bash for char­ity

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS - KAREN BRIT­TON

AHAIRDRESSER with arthri­tis hosted a fundrais­ing day in aid of the char­ity which has sup­ported her.

Re­becca Walker, 31, raised £635 for Arthri­tis Re­search UK with an event to cel­e­brate the third birth­day of her busi­ness, the Quirky Do hair and beauty sa­lon at Bro­ken Cross. Re­becca has rheuma­toid arthri­tis – which causes pain and in­flam­ma­tion in joints – and wanted to do some­thing for the char­ity which has helped her cope with the con­di­tion.

While med­i­ca­tion helps to some ex­tent, Re­becca suf­fers ev­ery day with stiff, painful joints.

The fundrais­ing event fea­tured ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing a lucky dip, face paint­ing, raf­fle and gift bags, and Re­becca’s sis­ter Emily Van Schi­jn­del, 28, who works as a beauty ther­a­pist at the sa­lon, com­pleted a marathon on a cross trainer – along with pal Sian Howitt – to raise ex­tra cash.

The money raised goes to the Mac­cles­field and Con­gle­ton branch of Arthri­tis Re­search UK to fund re­search and pro­vide sup­port to peo­ple with arthri­tis.

Re­becca, who lives in Con­gle­ton with her one-year-old daugh­ter Emilia and hus­band Paul, said: “The fundrais­ing event was bril­liant, lots of peo­ple turned up and it felt good to be able to raise money for Arthri­tis Re­search. The char­ity has re­ally sup­ported me, just know­ing there are other peo­ple like me. Arthri­tis can af­fect any­one, it’s not just older peo­ple, and I want to make peo­ple aware.”

Re­becca started notic­ing pain in her el­bows, shoul­ders and other joints around five years ago. When she was di­ag­nosed she de­cided to take the plunge and open her busi­ness. She has daily med­i­ca­tion and weekly in­jec­tions to man­age the pain and has been try­ing to change her diet, invit­ing nu­tri­tion­ist friend Amanda Eyre to give ad­vice at the sa­lon’s fundrais­ing event.

Re­becca said: “I’m try­ing to have a healthy diet with no sugar and gluten, try­ing dif­fer­ent things to see what works. Reg­u­lar ex­er­cise ac­tu­ally helps too, as it breaks down acid in the joints. When I found out I had arthri­tis it spurred me on to open the sa­lon and prove to peo­ple you can do it. Arthri­tis is scary but it doesn’t need to be the end of the world.”

» Clock­wise from far eft: Re­becca Walker(front) and sis­ter Emi­lyVan Schi­jn­del (sec­ond left) at the fundraiser;Emily with Re­becca’s one-year-old daugh­ter Emilia; Sian Howitt com­pleted a half marathon on the crosstrainer; Matil­daWain­wright wins on the lucky dip

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