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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 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 want to discuss your unique situation with our accredited counsellor, have access to useful information or need financial support for essential services, we will endeavour to provide whatever we can in order to enable you to thrive, not just survive during those times when these illnesses leave you most ‘without wings,’ or your freedom.

In doing so we aim to fill the 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’ or their freedom.

Without Wings – The Manx Autoimmune Arthritis Trust.

Our Upcoming Events

  • > Sunday, 25th March – Complementary Health Fair
  • > Tuesday, May 14th –  Mental health awareness week.
  • > Saturday, June 16th: Love to Move Bouncy Castle Day!
  • > July, 5th – Tynwald Day! Promoting autoimmune arthritis
  • > Sunday, July 22nd – Tales of the Unexpected II: Healing Against the Odds.
  • > Saturday, October 20 – 2nd Anniversary variety performance with a twist.

Help Us To Help Others

How Can I Be More Involved

Lots of people are asking how they can be more involved. Here are a few ideas.

  • ​Check out the calendar , read our blog and support our awareness and fundraising campaigns.
  • Attend our talks and other events, find us for a chat at events and keep an eye out for when we need help.

What is Autoimmune Arthritis?

There are many types of autoimmune arthritis. The most common include: rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, juvenile arthritis and lupus. Autoimmune Arthritis are chronic conditions whereby the body’s immune system not only progressively attacks the linings of the joints, but also many other systems in the body. These can include the eyes, skin and organs.
Autoimmune Arthritis can affect anyone of any age, and usually requires a lifetime of escalating and aggressive medical intervention.

What does Without Wings hope to achieve?

Through our social media and fundraising efforts, Without Wings aims to:

1. Raise awareness and challenge misperceptions of these often misunderstood illnesses
2. Provide useful information for sufferers in a positive and inspirational manner
3. Provide financial support for essential and compassionate services when sufferers are most ‘without wings,’ or their freedom – either physically, or emotionally.

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