Raynauds Awareness Month takes place every February.
Organised by the Raynaud’s and Scleroderma Association, the month aims to awareness of these disorders and offer help and advice not only to sufferers, but to their friends and families too.
You may not have heard of Raynaud’s, but it’s thought that 10% of women in the UK suffer from the disorders which occur when blood vessels, mostly in the hands, become over-sensitive to changes in temperature. As a result, sufferers’ hands often turn blue or white.
Scleroderma is slightly less common. It affects the immune system and blood vessels, making skin on the hands and feet stiff and tight.
Both disorders are really uncomfortable for the people affected by it.
To celebrate the charity’s 30th Anniversary in 2012, the Raynaud’s and Scleroderma Association aimed to raise one million pounds for research and to fund a number of projects into Raynaud’s and Scleroderma.
There are loads of events you can get involved with throughout the month to raise money for this great cause – why not get sponsored to do the Great North Run, or hold a quiz night?
All the money raised goes to help the Raynaud’s and Scleroderma research projects or help children who suffer from Scleroderma. To get the ball rolling visit the Raynauds Awareness Month website and get ready to do your bit for this worthwhile cause!