OUR YEAR IN REVIEW
This year has certainly been a tumultuous one! Despite Lockdown’s and Restrictions on meeting
in person, we have continued to support our members in old and new ways.
The year started with the BJN Awards, celebrating Jane Wigg as Chronic Oedema Nurse of the
Year and various in person shows where we raised awareness about Lipoedema and celebrated
those who help us do so. Then came the first lockdown in March, which sadly meant postponing
our Conference and a move into a new way of working for everyone, including the introduction of
our Online Health & Wellbeing Community, virtual meetings, AGM’s and team calls. So many
people who had never used technology before, learnt how to communicate in a new way.
The new Medi compression provision specifically for Lipoedema came into production around
May, something Lipoedema UK was involved in from the start. We would love to hear from anyone
who has tried this new addition.
We also promoted our work with the RCGP course and the free access lasted 2 months over June
and July and Sharie Fetzer, our Chair, gave several interviews on Lipoedema to national media.
Tess spoke to a national magazine and a local newspaper, all part of our awareness raising. We
worked in conjunction with various eminent bodies on research and surveys which many of our
members participated in. Thank you so much for giving your time to help us help others to make
the treatment of Lipoedema patients better and fairer. A lot of our work is done behind the scenes,
but be assured, we are not sitting still.
These are just a few highlights of what we achieved in 2020 – we have much planned for 2021 –
and more will be revealed soon.