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Please help us in our fight to help around 80,000 people suffering with Arthritis to get their lives back on track

Gloucestershire Arthritis Trust (GAT) was established in 1983 by the County's Orthopaedic surgeons to help those whose lives are blighted by the great pain and lack of mobility that is caused by Arthritis. With over 200 different kinds of Arthritis and a national figure of at least 9 million sufferers our work is never ending.

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"Ham-tastic" auction raises £20,000 for three charities

Old Spot Pigs on TV

The recent auction of painted Gloucester Old Spot pig statues raised 20,000 for three local charities -
The Pied Piper Appeal, Gloucestershire Arthritis Trust and the Gloucester Theatre Company.

Painted by local artists and craftspeople, the 40 splendid pig statues had been on display across Gloucester City and surrounding villages which attracted around 300,000 summer visitors.

Organised by Marketing Gloucester the "Henson Trail" - as it was known - was one of a series of events showcasing the amazing range of creativity to be found in Gloucestershire.

It also gave rise to a (possibly dubious) spate of pig/pork related puns in both the printed and online media. Our own headline is just one example.

On the day of the auction BBC TV's Points West sent a cameraman to capture the build-up to the event, as our picture shows. BBC Radio Gloucester also reported on the auction.

GAT's beautifully painted pig "Orchard Henson" raised 600 towards the grand total and our charity will be getting close to £2,000 once the final paperwork has been completed.




Saving the knees of a generation of local sportsmen and women

There is no sound that a runner or sportsman dreads more than the 'pop' of a torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL).

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)

When leading knee surgeon Harminder Gosal asked for our help to buy sets of medical equipment, to carry out more Anterior Cruciate Ligament reconstruction surgery at Cheltenham General Hospital, we launched this new appeal.

We are asking for your help to fund the £3,454 needed for a set of specialist tools, as GAT has already committed to fund 60% of the total cost of £8,635.

Medical overview, who's at risk

The knee is the most complex joint in your body and as such is subjected to huge forces during almost all sporting or athletic activities. The Anterior Cruciate Ligament is the most important of 5 structures that resist those forces.

When your ACL is damaged people often hear a distinct 'pop' followed by intense pain. Reconstructing an ACL requires a skilled surgeon using the latest technology and can prevent patients from developing Osteoarthritis in later life.

The most 'at risk' age group for ACL reconstruction are 20 - 40 year olds, who are injured playing sport or simply running.

In Gloucestershire alone around 300 people will need such surgery in the next 12 months.

You can donate online at:

You can donate by mobile: text "Knee90 £10" to 70070 to donate £10.

Go to our Fundraising page for the full story.


Good Fundraising Code

Good Fundraising Code

GAT was among the first charities to adopt the new "Good Fundraising Code".

You will see the bright yellow graphic icon (pictured left) appearing on our website and literature as it is produced.


This code has four principles:

  • To treat donors and supporters of all kinds with honesty and respect.
  • To be transparent when asked about cost ratios, costs of fundraising and related issues.
  • To abide by all legal regulations governing fundraising and aim for best practice.
  • To have a complaints procedure for supporters to access when they do have a complaint about any fundraising.

Please contact us for more information:

Gloucestershire Arthritis Trust
Cheltenham General Hospital,
Sandford Road,
GL53 7AN

Email:    Telephone: 01242 221005    Twitter: Tweet @GlosArthritis

This website was last updated on 26th September 2017
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