Merton backs charity walk

Merton Council is joining hundreds of others to raise awareness of the musculoskeletal disorder Fibromyalgia – which causes intense pain throughout the body’s connective tissues such as muscles, tendons and ligaments.

The council is encouraging as many people as possible to walk or jog up to five kilometres to raise the profile of the dreadful disease which results in extreme tiredness amongst other ailments.

Those wanting to join in can choose either the five kilometre or the two and half kilometre walk through Wimbledon Park on Sunday 28 February, starting at 10am. There are just 200 places available so people should sign up with AHM Wimbledon Fitness Group to take part.

Interested residents can find out more at or by emailing or calling 07758 570 656.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for adult care services and health Councillor Maurice Groves said: “I will certainly be taking part in the walk. Fibromyalgia is a terrible lifelong disorder and those who suffer from it are in intense pain for most of their lives.

“Very little is known about the condition and there is no cure at the moment so it is vital we raise this awareness and make sure important medical research is carried out into ways to alleviate these brave patients’ suffering.”