MEMBERS of the Solihull Osteoporosis Support Group gathered with the borough’s Mayor to celebrate the organisation’s tenth birthday.
The Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Ken Hawkins, kick started the celebrations at the John Palmer Hall in Warwick Road last Thursday by congratulating the group on its landmark year.
Addressing the members, Coun Hawkins said: “Being Mayor really opens your eyes to what is going on in the borough and some of the wonderful organisations there are in Solihull.
“If we did not have organisations such as this, the void in services would be astounding. It is only down to support groups like this that people get more knowledge about the condition and greater support or access to information.
“I congratulate the group on reaching their tenth birthday and I wish them all every success and all those who come into contact with the service the best of health.”
The Mayor presented a certificate to Hilary Barker, the chairperson of the support group and congratulated secretary Janet Breach, who is stepping down after six years.
One of the branchmembers and former chairperson Julie Thomas said she believes one of the reasons the group is so successful is down to the exercise classes it runs in Shirley and Solihull.
“Some people have been attending these classes since they started,” she said. “Anyone can attend them - prevention is better than cure.”