You can help us strengthen our research funds so that we can pursue ‘our quest for the best in joint replacement’. We must raise £750,000 over the next 5 years to maintain our current research programme and initiate new projects. Our work is of vital importance for its potential to improve quality of life and bring hope to many thousands of people.
There are several ways you can help our crucial research to progress toward improving joint replacements:
If you would like to donate to support our research please send a cheque made payable to Arthroplasty for Arthritis Charity to:
57, Callicroft Road, Patchway, Bristol, BS34 5BU
If you are a UK income tax payer, by completing our Gift Aid form we can reclaim the basic rate of tax on your gift. This will increase any donation you make by a further 25%.
We are very grateful for your support.
"To say it came as a shock to be told I might not walk again, in my mid teens, as a direct result of having had cancer as a baby, is an understatement. So the pins I needed in my hip to avoid this fate were a small price to pay.
Nearly 20 years on, at the age of 33, having won a National Motor Racing championship just a few years before, I could barely get into a car without contorting myself. By now I was a husband, and dad to a very active little boy, so to hear the words “possible life in a wheelchair” hadn’t been on the agenda but, suddenly, there they were.
Riding a bike had been impossible for some 6 years and now I could barely walk as fast as my 1 year old. The pins that had been in my hip for nearly 20 years had caused it to fuse and despite trying desperately to keep active, my ability to move was deteriorating very quickly. My flexibility made it difficult for me to sit down or even to lie in bed.
It’s not the done thing to have a total hip replacement at the age of 33 but looking back, I am so very appreciative that a hip replacement was the only way out. Within a day of having the operation, I knew that it had been a success. I knew that I was going to get my life back.
In the last five years, my new hip and I have not only returned to what I felt was normality - we have gone far beyond anything that I could have imagined. I am now a regular triathlete, a fitness instructor and speak regularly about my experiences.
But, most importantly, my restored life has enabled me to give my son the dad that I wanted him to have and to give my wife the husband that I wanted her to be married to. And all of this is missing possibly the most surprising bit... It has enabled me to be a dad to son number two; something that my wife and I absolutely wouldn’t have contemplated before my operation.
Has having a hip-replacement completely changed my life? Oh, yes. Has it completely changed four people’s life, being those of my family? Yes, that too. What’s more; through my fitness instructing and speaking, I rather hope to have had a positive impact on many other lives too."
Phil Collard, (38) Arthroplasty Patient