Merged arthritis charities unveil new name

The new charity formed from the merger of Arthritis Research UK and Arthritis Care has today announced its new name as Versus Arthritis.

According to the organisation, its name and visual identity has been created to “demand and deliver better for over 10 million people living with arthritis and related conditions in the UK”.

The two charities merged in November 2017 as both charities claimed they could have a bigger impact by combining their strengths than they could respectively.

Versus Arthritis said the freshly launched charity will “work tirelessly to defy arthritis and help people live better with the condition through all means possible”.

“Arthritis affects millions of people in the UK every single day, taking away their independence. Yet for large numbers of the public, arthritis is seen as inevitable, untreatable and “just a bit of pain”. This climate of tolerance is unacceptable and as Versus Arthritis, we want to put an end to it,” Versus Arthritis CEO Liam O’Toole said.

“We are excited to be building on the significant legacies and expertise of Arthritis Research UK and Arthritis Care, to have a greater impact on the lives of people with arthritis. And we won’t stop until no-one has to tolerate the pain, fatigue and isolation of arthritis.”

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