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Fun day at Children’s Wood to raise awareness of EDS and HSD

By on May 16, 2017

Ehlers-Danlos Support UK and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome & Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder (EDS & HSD) Awareness Scotland have teamed up with Forestry Commission Scotland to host a special fun day at the Children’s Wood on Saturday (May 20).

The event at the Children’s Wood, North Kelvin Meadow, will include arts and crafts, campfire activities, storytelling, den building, face painting and much more.

But the fun day also aims to raise awareness of EDS and HSD and provides an opportunity for everyone to find out more about the conditions, as well providing vital information to those suffering from EDS and HSD.

Shanna Mitchell, who is the EDS UK volunteer support coordinator for Glasgow, said: “We want the event to raise awareness of EDS and HSD amongst the wider community so people understand the conditions better and what it is to live with them.

“Those living with disabilities often struggle to access outdoors spaces and we hope this event will give people with EDS and HSD the opportunity to visit and enjoy the natural green space.

“There have been many studies that show the health benefits of being in nature and its positive impact on mental health, focus and short-term memory. EDS and HSD can be taxing on an individual’s mental and physical health, so we are hoping our fun day will have a positive impact on those who come along.”

Romena Huq at Forestry Commission Scotland, said: “We are really looking forward to the EDS and HSD Awareness fun day, it is a great opportunity to raise awareness of a chronic illness that many don’t know about. We are glad to be a part of Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes Awareness Month and we hope those who come along enjoy themselves and see how accessible woodland really are and return again after this event.”

* EDS & HSD Awareness Scotland Fun Day on Saturday, May 20, 12-4pm at the Children’s Wood, North Kelvinside Meadow. Free entry.

* See more about the conditions here

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