Outer Limits! Beyond Medical Boundaries Tickets Available Now

***Tickets for Outer Limits available via link below. Also below – a link to sponsor Andy Murphy and Steve Watt, who are doing their mammoth Lands End to John O’Groats Kayaking Trip in aid of Without Wings. You can follow all their progress on our Facebook page. ***

Tickets are now available for our next event, ‘Outer Limits – Beyond Medical Boundaries.’ This event will be yet another exploration into the health benefits of a plant-based diet but this time from a medical perspective.  Taking place on Sunday 14th July, 7pm at Cycle 360, this year’s talk will feature two speakers from the UK’s Plant-Based Medical Professionals Body. Mr George Ampat FRCS (Tr & Orth), is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon from Liverpool Teaching Hospitals, who specialises in natural pain relief for bone and joint conditions. Dr Michael Hooper, is a London based GP with an MSc in Nutrition – and an original advocate for the vegan pledge which later developed into Veganuary. Both speakers are looking forward to sharing with us their insights into what is essentially developing into ‘Lifestyle Medicine’ – a new branch of medical research.  Alongside a shorter, and more local, ‘Tale of the Unexpected’ this is set to be, yet again, another fascinating evening.

Thank you to everybody who supported our recent 12 hour Bandathon Fundraising event at Quids Inn! An extra special thank you to Quids for not only hosting, but also donating the £1 entrance fee to the sum of £350, alongside two huge bottles of spirits for the raffle! Other thanks of course goes to the amazing bands who agreed to perform – Southern State, Matt Kelly, The Blue Vannin Jazz Club, Dusty Plankton, Clash Vooar, Totally Rockabilly, The Paul Tonks Trio, Tiger Boom, The Fecktones, Post War Stories, Han-fx, JorDMC and the Innuendos, plus Last Drags. Also thanks to Jenni Smith and Billie Hall from Soundcheck for running the raffle, Collette Hughes for keeping the party going with her bucket collection, Andy James and Seb Fostal from IOM Showtech for the sound, everyone who donated raffle prizes – Shoprite, Tesco, and the fab Ramsey shops – Feltons, Looneys, Smeale Farm, The Snug, The Beauty Zone and Vannin Office Point, with an extra big shout out for IOM Steam Packet who donated a trip for car plus 2!  Also huge thanks the Shake Lounge for their donation, and to IOM newspapers, Manx Radio and Manx Life for the great support they have provided our little charity. In total we managed to raise just over £1,300!



Tales Of The Unexpected -

Healing Against The Odds

Tales of the Unexpected II took place in July to a packed house at the lovely Noa Bakehouse, and was a fantastic success. Many thanks to our speakers, Katy Hoogendam and Iida van der Byl Knoefel and also to Andy Swarbrick, one of last year’s speakers, who returned this year in a support capacity. Also a massive thank you once again to Manx Radio, IOM Newspapers and Manx Life for their on-going support, and for helping to spread the word of this particular event – a fascinating and at times heart-breaking look at Autoimmune Arthritis. This evening was designed to explore the much mooted benefits of a low fat plant based diet on the progression of illnesses such as Autoimmune Arthritis.

Autoimmune Arthritis The Facts

Thriving not just Surviving with Autoimmune Arthritis

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Without Wings – The Manx Autoimmune Arthritis Trust.

Without Wings, the Manx Autoimmune Arthritis Trust received its charity number in October 2016. Here at Without Wings, we use ‘autoimmune arthritis’ as an umbrella term for diseases whereby the immune system attacks, amongst other systems in the body, the joints, and therefore mobility. Our constitution covers all manifestations of autoimmune arthritis, the most common of which include rheumatoid, psoriatic and juvenile arthritis, lupus and ankylosing spondylitis. Notoriously unpredictable, difficult to control and currently cited as ‘progressive and incurable,’ autoimmune arthritis conditions affect approximately 1 to 1-5% of the local population and usually require a lifetime of escalating and aggressive medication.

As the minority of all ‘arthritis’ diagnoses (approximately 15-20%), until now, these illnesses have been widely misunderstood by the general public and their impact on the social and emotional – as well as physical health of sufferers, underestimated. Autoimmune arthritis illnesses can affect anyone of any age, often first strike when people are in the prime of their lives and can also affect the skin, eyes and internal organs as well as the joints. Their impact on mobility can make them particularly isolating conditions with some reports that up to 40% of sufferers also have a diagnosis of depression.

We can’t take your diagnosis away, but whether you or your loved ones want to discuss your unique situation with our accredited counsellor, have access to useful information or need financial support for other compassionate services, we will endeavour to provide whatever we can in order to enable you to thrive, not just survive when you are most ‘without wings,’ or your freedom.

In doing so we aim to fill the NHS service gap that is the safeguarding of the mental and emotional health of people living with these conditions.

Our Mission

” To raise awareness and provide information and compassionate funding for people living with these illnesses when they are most ‘without wings’ – their physical or emotional freedom.”

Without Wings – The Manx Autoimmune Arthritis Trust.

2018 Events

  • > Saturday April 27th – 12 Hour Bandathon Fundraiser
  • > April through till June 30th – Steve and Andy’s sponsored kayak – Lands End to John O’Groats, raising funds for Without Wings
  • > Saturday 4th May – Made by Manxies Craft Fair in aid of Without Wings and Manx Cancer Help
  • > Sunday 14th July – ‘Outer Limits: Beyond Medical Boundaries’ – plant-based talk at Cycle 360
  • > Saturday, October 26th – Penny Productions presents: A Magical Evening of Murdering Mystery! 3rd anniversary Awareness/ Fundraising event. Date TBC

How We Can Help

  • Our ever evolving counselling service in conjunction with the wonderful Lisa Lowe Centre is fully funded by Without Wings, the Manx Autoimmune Arthritis Trust.
  • We can provide discretionary funding towards complementary health support programmes such as healthy reflexology, craniosacral, acupuncture, homoeopathy etc. These services are often invaluable when it comes to helping sufferers feel calmer, more supported and better in control of their health.
  • Without Wings can offer discretionary funding toward physical rehabilitation programmes, short term home help, or help with the purchase of physical aid equipment.

What Is Autoimmune Arthritis? The Facts:

  1. The most common autoimmune arthritis illnesses include: rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis (RA and PsA), ankylosing spondylitis (AS), lupus and juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). However, there are actually dozens of types of autoimmune arthritis.
  2. These illnesses are often ‘invisible.’ This means the person can look perfectly healthy even when struggling, a particular problem for people of working age.
  3. RA, PsA, AS, lupus and JIA are serious autoimmune illnesses. Cited as ‘progressive and incurable,’ they can affect the entire body.

What does Without Wings hope to achieve?

Hear from some of the inspirational people – especially from our community, who have found ways to live well in spite of, or sometimes, because of their condition. Some might have taken the opportunity to completely overhaul their life style. Others may have found smaller, yet just as significant, ways to positively face these challenges such as nurturing family or friendship groups, or through giving their time and efforts to others. Some have even focused on developing new skills.

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