Hello and a very warm welcome to our website!

If you’re here we’re glad you’ve found us. Whether you’re looking for helpful resources, stories of survival, compassionate funding, or information about our free counselling initiative, we’ve tried to include it all. If you’d like to donate, we’d love to hear from you too. Without Wings is predominately a trust, providing funds for a variety of compassionate services for people living with autoimmune arthritis conditions on the Isle of Man.

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

Get Inspired

Passionate About Compassion

How We Can Help

Find out about our services and information.

Without Wings, The Manx Autoimmune Arthritis Trust

Rheumatoid, Psoriatic and Juvenile Arthritis, Lupus and Ankylosing Spondylitis

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”

Dalai Lama XIV

The Secret World of Autoimmune Arthritis…

We all have preconceptions about everything in life. Arthritis is no different. With autoimmune arthritis conditions accounting for only about 20% of ‘arthritis’ diagnoses, you would be forgiven if the first image that pops into your head is gnarly fingers or that old knee injury. It’s doubtful you’re thinking of a crippled child in hospital or a new mum unable to hold her baby. You probably aren’t thinking about the potential for organ complications, stomach complications, blindness, sepsis or fatigue, nor about the psychological impact of hospital waiting times, medication side effects, or being unable to go to school or do your job. You might think of loneliness or depression as these are complications for anyone with a chronic pain disorder.

Without Wings was established in 2016 to help people understand. If you are affected by autoimmune arthritis, we also believe it is possible to find ways to thrive, not just survive with these illnesses, and we want to help you find your path. We therefore aim to provide easier access to helpful resources.

As well as Without Wing’s free counselling initiative via our partnership with MCH Psychological Therapies, affected persons can therefore apply for discretionary funding towards the following:

  • complementary health support
  • physical aids
  • rehabilitation activities
  • short-term home help

If you would like to enquire about any of these, or would like to support the charity, either by funding, or becoming a member, please do get in touch. Approximately 1-1.5% of the population have, or are going through, an autoimmune arthritis diagnosis – younger people, older people and even children. This means our Island is home to around 1000 people living with these complex illnesses that, like other autoimmune illnesses such as MS, Diabetes Type 1 and Chrohn’s Disease, occur when a confused immune system attacks healthy tissue.

You are far more than your diagnosis 💗

Without Wings, the Manx Autoimmune Arthritis Trust

Awareness. Information. Compassionate Funding.

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style.”

Maya Angelou

Our Mission

“To raise awareness and provide information and compassionate funding for affected individuals when they are most ‘without wings’ – or their physical or emotional freedom.”

Without Wings – The Manx Autoimmune Arthritis Trust.

Due to Covid 19, No Events are Planned for 2020 

As Covid 19 has scuppered events for this year, we would like to use this space to post a memorial for our wonderful friend and fervent supporter, Lynsey Martin, who tragically passed away in March. 

Lynsey was a huge supporter of Without Wings from day 1. She offered to help wherever she could – whether by helping us bounce ideas, or through providing plant based tasters at some of our events. Some of you might remember Lynsey from our Tales of the Unexpected event (pictured), where she prepped and served all the food – even when she was massively pregnant and about to pop! Lynsey also represented her healthy eating campaign, Fresh Start, at our Complementary Health Fair, providing endless mountains of delicious free food for all to try. Lynsey was such a good person, so full of life, so generous, only ever a joy to bump into, and so totally in touch with her own humanity. Her family have told us that Without Wings was “the only charity Lynsey ever believed in,” which, given what an honest, and exploratory soul she was, is the greatest compliment we could ever receive. 

We are very honoured to say Lynsey’s family and friends have been running a campaign for the charity in Lynsey’s memory. This has raised a spectacular £1,675.66. We are so grateful for these much needed funds. To honour Lynsey’s passion for self-care and especially yoga, post lockdown we will be allocating £1,500 directly towards our campaign to help affected persons have easier access to physical maintenance classes, such as yoga and pilates. The rest (Covid allowing), we plan to use to underwrite another Community Complementary Health Fair in 2021, which will be run in Lynsey’s memory. Rest in peace dear Lynsey, though it was for too short a time, we are deeply grateful to have been able to call you a friend.  Our thoughts are with her much loved family at this time.

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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Happy Birthday to us!

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