Oswestry Rheumatology Association

The Oswestry Rheumatology Association was founded in 1968 by Dr. Donald Ward. His life’s work involved establishing the Rheumatology Unit, and rheumatology services at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital as a centre of excellence.

Dr. Ward’s concept was to treat the ‘whole patient’. He regarded the unit as a family, with staff, patients and relatives all working together and meeting socially to offer mutual support.

The current executive committee is a mix of patients, relatives and ex staff, working closely with the rheumatology unit and the League of Friends. The membership of the ORA is approximately 140, mostly people with arthritis or their families and friends. We have a very active group of junior members.

Our aim is to share friendship, offer support and fundraise for arthritis research and necessary equipment at RJAH. Our main social and fundraising event is the autumn fair and grand draw raffle at Oswestry’s Memorial Hall. Other regular activities include quiz nights, concerts, supermarket coin collections and charity market stalls. We also receive donations, bequests and legacies.

We print an annual newsletter for our members. It includes articles describing fundraising activities and how we spend the money raised. In recent years we have given £60,000 to rheumatology research and bought a £35,000 diagnostic ultrasound machine, equipment for the hydro pool and smaller items as requested to help patients and staff.


If you are interested in joining the ORA as a member or to serve on the committee or assisting our fundraising efforts please contact:

The League of Friends at the hospital on 01691 404401 or 01691 404527

E-mail rjah.leagueoffriends@nhs.net

Mrs Margaret Kerr MBE

Miss Susan Roberts

Mrs Liz Smith