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Focus Magazine

Conference & Pamper weekend a big hit for second time

fibroducks_night_out_200The Fibromyalgia Conference & Pamper Weekend in April on the south coast was another great success despite cancellations by the American doctors. Described as a ‘coalition’ conference many Group Leaders played a major part in collecting stage payments at group meetings over several months, to enable delegates to come to conference. Without the support of those Leaders, many living on benefits would have been unable to come. Others found their local Rotary Club willing to help fund their visit to the conference. So many people pulled together to make it happen and during the ‘fond farewell’ it was clear that they all enjoyed themselves.

The conference brought together two major charities, FMA UK and FMS SAS (Surrey & Sussex) to work with FibCon independent conference Folly Pogs team, striving to raise funds for research to find a cure. The success of the event was due to those who supported us and a few dedicated people who desperately want to see a cure for fibromyalgia.

It was another ‘win win’ event for delegates with 14 speakers, 14 workshops, with many presentations provided by fibromites with a story to tell. There were also exercise programmes and good evening entertainment. Delegates are still talking about the fibro fillies horse racing and racing pigs with knitted woollen jockeys, the Friday highlight. Saturday saw the Cockney Barrow Boys with a sing-along of London songs and a mini re-enactment of an air raid with siren, which brought memories flooding back to some. On Sunday the conference was entertained by a team of four mediums, with humour, bringing messages from loved ones and the return of a favourite comedian who entertained us in 2010 - Paul James.


Some 19 delightful Fibro Ducks were entered for the Best Dressed FD competition with three winners – Debbie Wilson, Maggie Stewart, and Orla Desmond – all winning first place. I am guessing the surnames are right as no one gave their full name. Judges Pam Stewart, Nichola Bond and Simon Stuart found it hard to make a choice. The Fibro Pearly Queen, the first prizewinner, was Maggie Perry, fibromite, who runs a B&B in Kenilworth in the Midlands. Running a close second were the Pearly Prince and Princess, Ahmed Benallegue and Orla Desmond from Reading, who had also spent hours stitching on Pearlie buttons, to the delight of Cockney Jim, the Pearly King of Camberwell and Bermondsey.

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