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The next meeting of the North East Support Group will be held on:

Date:    Monday 18th November 2019
Venue:  St. Aidan's Parish Hall, Front Street, Framwellgate Moor, Durham, DH1 5BL
Time:    1pm to 4pm

  • 1pm        Meet and greet members
  • 1.15pm    Welcome
  • 1.30pm     Physiotherapy with Trevor Langford (Platinum PPT
  • 2.30pm     Blood Bikes with John Dixon-Dawson
  • 3.30pm    Discussion
  • 4pm         Close

There is adequate parking at the Parish Hall, and it is situated only 0.5 miles from the A167, Durham Train and Bus Stations.

Guest speaker:  Trevor Langford (physiotherapist) from Platinum Physiotherapy and Personal Trainer who will deliver a thought-provoking presentation on the benefits of physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, stretching techniques and massage.

All being well, John Robson (North East group coordinator) will have just returned from his “Ultimate Challenge” to attempt to climb Annapurna IV (7525m / 24,600ft) in the Nepal Himalayas and if time permits will give an insight into his high altitude expedition.

You can sponsor John here all proceeds go towards PMRGCAuk



North East Meet Up Group - July 2019

Our next meeting will take place in Durham on:

Tuesday 16th July at 1pm to 3.30pm
St Aidan's Parish Hall, Front Street, Framwellgate Moor, Durham, DH1 5BL

There is adequate parking at the Parish Hall, and it is situated only 0.5miles from the A167, Durham train and bus stations.

We are delighted to be able to confirm that we have two guest speakers - 

Dr Sarah Mackie and Mr Saravanan Vadivelu.  

Both are medical professionals and have been heavily involved in research and consultations with PMRGCAuk over the past decade.  The are going to deliver a presentation:

"What is the best way for GP's and Doctors to give instructions for long term steroid titration"
as well as how the North East GP training is progressing.

It will be an interesting and informative meeting

If you are interested in attending, do email John at






North East Meeting Report for March 2019 meeting

The inaugural meeting of the remodelled PMRGCAuk North East Support Group met for the first time on Thursday 28th March 2019 at St. Aidan’s Parish Hall, Durham.

We had just over 20 people attending and they arrived from a variety of places - Penrith, Whitby, Saltburn, Edmundbyers, Ashington as well as local places.  

John Robson welcomed everyone and gave a summary about the new group rising like a phoenix from the ashes from the legacy. He thanked Mavis, Pam, Margaret and Lynne for all their hard work and hoped this group is part of their legacy. 

Wendy Morrison (National Trustee) attended from Somerset and introduced the national charity.

There was a discussion about the way forward in the North East before the group discussed PMR and GCA health issues.

There was a very full table of homebakes which went down extremely well and a good raffle.

John delivered a humorous and thought-provoking powerpoint presentation which introduced his A-Z of Life in Remission with Polymyalgia Rheumatica. 

John will continue to organise two or three large meetings per year in Durham which will include a speaker and this will be supported by local meet-up groups similar to other Support Groups around the UK. 

For further information and support please contact John at or the national charity website which has contact details.

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