80th Anniversary - Arthritis Action

80th Anniversary

2022 marked 80 years of Arthritis Action supporting communities affected by arthritis in the UK.


We were founded in 1942 by Charles De Coti-Marsh who developed a self-help programme, based on a combination of diet and physical therapy. The Charity became a registered charity in 1985. Our fundamental aims remain the same as it was over 80 years ago – to help reduce arthritis symptoms and help people enjoy a more active life with increased energy. To do this, we’re continuing to build on our founder’s understanding of the importance of lifestyle for people with arthritis by developing the programme in line with the best available scientific evidence.

To commemorate our 80th anniversary in 2022, we held a year-long campaign recognising our Members, partners, volunteers, supporters and organisations who have generously supported us and made us the charity we are today. It is our wonderful community who help us make a real difference for people living with arthritis across the UK.


Activities to mark our 80th Anniversary included:

    • Our talented Corporate Partnerships Manager Victoria Clarke was commissioned to draw 80 Portraits to mark our anniversary
    • Our 80 Faces Campaign #80Years on social media
    • We launched a much-anticipated report developed with YouGov, looking at the state of play and needs of people currently living with arthritis in Great Britain
    • Our Dietitian and Services Development Manager Martin Lau completed his ‘80 Miles‘ walking challenge with his knees strapped to mimic the limited movement caused by osteoarthritis
    • Learn about our successful #Kickupschallenge



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