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Mary Berry is special guest for South Bucks Charity Support Group's 21st anniversary at Lane End Conference Centre

RSB9730The South Bucks arm of the National Osteoporosis Society’s Support Group network celebrated its 21st anniversary on Thursday 18th June at a sell-out event with special guest and Patron, Mary Berry. 

The Support Group, Mary Berry and 120 supporters of the charity met at The Pavilion, Lane End Conference Centre in High Wycombe to celebrate the work the group has done over its 21 years with speeches, a delicious afternoon tea, a raffle which raised over £700 and a book signing by Mary. 

The group, run by a long standing team of volunteers, organise a monthly programme of talks and social events for its members. They hold fund raising events every year that have raised well over £15,000 for the National Osteoporosis Society since the group was established in 1994. Their work ranges from holding talks on osteoporosis for local groups and organisations, to organising Health Awareness Days, Study Days for Health Care Professionals and even lobbying for a new DEXA bone scanner (used to diagnose osteoporosis), which is now in place at Amersham Hospital. 

Speaking about the event, Gill Morgan, Chair of the South Bucks Support Group said: 

“The day was a great success and we were delighted that so many people were able to attend. We were very pleased that Mary Berry was able to come despite her hectic schedule and show her support for the group and for the charity. It made the day extra special.”

Gill also thanked the venue for their help and support in organising the event. She said: 

“Everyone was so helpful and efficient. The Catering Manager was always on hand and Sheryl, the Pastry Chef, produced such a delicious tea (Mary was impressed).” 

The event also served as a thank you to Mary Berry, who has stepped down as Patron of the national charity after seven years of service, she will however remain the Patron of the Support Group. Mary held a book signing before giving a talk to the audience about her work with the charity since becoming Patron in 2007. She also talked about her work with Comic Relief, her trip to Buckingham Palace to receive her CBE and the importance of cooking with family, especially her grandchildren. She then answered questions from the audience, many of which were about this year’s Great British Bake Off, currently being filmed at Welford Park in Berkshire.

Claire Severgnini, chief executive of the National Osteoporosis Society who also attended the event, said of Mary; 
“The work that Mary has done to help us raise awareness of osteoporosis is highly valued. Her support and encouragement has made a real difference to people whose lives have been affected by the condition. We all thank her for her time and commitment over the past few years.”

Notes to Editor

About Osteoporosis 
•    Osteoporosis is the fragile bone disease that causes painful, debilitating and sometimes fatal fractures, particularly of the wrist, hip and spine.
•    1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men, over the age of 50, will break a bone, mainly because of poor bone health.
•    Osteoporosis is very common.  Almost three million people in the UK have the disease and there are roughly 300,000 fragility fractures a year.

About us
•    The National Osteoporosis Society is the only UK-wide charity dedicated to improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and fragility fractures.
•    We offer free support and information to people affected by osteoporosis and fragility fractures, including a help-line that receives more than 13,000 enquiries a year.
•    We are a charity, mainly funded by individual donations and legacies.  We do not receive money from the government.
Photos available on request. To find out more about the National Osteoporosis Society visit www.nos.org.uk or contact Josh Hillier, tel 01761 473256 / j.hillier@nos.org.uk.

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