Winkfield man raises awareness over condition Ankylosing Spondylitis

Published: 29 Mar 2014 12:300 comments

A WINKFIELD man who suffers from a little-known condition raised crucial awareness by holding a charity stall at a supermarket.

Mandy and Gerry Dance outside the Londis store in New Road, North Ascot, on Friday to raise funds for, and awareness of, the condition ankylosing spondylitis. Mr Dance is dressed in his trademark morph suit, in which he runs marathons to raise money for charity.

Gerry Dance, 52, suffers from Ankylosing Spondylitis, a condition where the bones in the spine and the neck fuse if regular exercise is not undertaken.

He held a stall at the Londis convenience store in North Ascot last Friday to raise awareness about the condition, as sometimes it can take up to 10 years for sufferers to get diagnosed.

He also managed to raise £122.47 for the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society (NASS), the only known charity in the UK dedicated to the condition’s sufferers.

Mr Dance said: “My stall went really well even though I froze! The store’s customers were really lovely too.”

He ran the stall dressed in his custom bright orange skeleton morph suit, which he wears while taking part in marathons to raise further awareness.

He will be taking part in a number of marathons and ultra marathons across the country and Europe this year, including the Virgin London Marathon next month.

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