PMRGCAuk exists to help people with Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Giant Cell Arteritis, and to raise awareness about these diseases, that attack people over the age of 50. PMR causes extreme pain in the muscles and joints, and affects mobiliity. Giant Cell Arteritis, which is linked to PMR, can cause sudden blindness if not treated immediately. We believe we can save the sight of hundreds of people a year just by raising awareness among the public and the medical profession.

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Kate's Dales High Way Challenge

Kathryn Gilbert

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Do you know that 3000 people each year in the UK are losing the sight in one or both eyes because they have Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA) that isn't being diagnosed in time? 

And do you know that Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR) is linked to GCA and afflicts 40,000 people a year, causing immense disability and pain?

I had PMR but I am one of the fortunate ones who has recovered. I want to show that you can get back to fitness and strength after PMR.

I spent the last week of April doing the Dales High Way, a gruelling 90-mile trek from Saltaire to Appleby, crossing some of the highest and remotest parts of the Yorkshire Dales. The first two days I and my friend Di did 19 miles each day. The third day we climbed Ingleborough, and the last three days, which should have been easier, we were battered by gales and hailstorms! Not what you expect in the middle of spring.  It was a shattering, but very uplifting experience, being out there in the wilderness, Feeling that the ache in my hips and legs was from walking and not from illness, and I am very grateful to have got my strength back after PMR.

Please donate to support PMRGCAuk and help keep that spring in my step! Do have a look at the photos. Thank you!

Recent donors

30.06.15 Kathryn, I was diagnosed on my 42nd Bday with PMR two weeks ago & have been looking for positive role models to pin my recovery on. I wish you well in your endeavours and look forward to following your future success.

23.05.15 From the Angus family - well done!

07.05.15 Well done, keep up the good work from a PMR sufferer, just yesterday diagnosed with GCA! Onwards and upwards!

06.05.15 Amazing achievement.

02.05.15 Well done Kate. You are an inspiration to PMR sufferers.

01.05.15 Donation from a recovered PMR sufferer (and bridge partner of Janet Luke)

01.05.15 Go Kate

01.05.15 Good Luck and thank you.


01.05.15 Hope the weather is better. I come from the Dales, and know it is lovely country. Good luck

01.05.15 Thank goodness it's over!

01.05.15 Best of luck Kate. Hope the weather is kind to you.

01.05.15 Thank you, Kate.


30.04.15 Good Luck Kate, hope the weather is kind to you, Best wishes from Runrig x

29.04.15 Well done for walking in those conditions. Should have planned it for Spring. Oh, you did...

29.04.15 Best wishes from a newly diagnosed PMR sufferer.

29.04.15 Huge well done x

28.04.15 Good luck and thanks for doing this, we need more publicity for this condition and more research, thanks again xx

25.04.15 Good luck.

24.04.15 Good luck Kate and Diane. Have a fantastic walk.

20.04.15 Best foot forward, good luck Kate


17.04.15 Good luck Kate, here's hoping for good weather for you x

16.04.15 Go Kate! Loved your book, very helpful.


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Paul Daniel
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