Study raises money for local charity

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Posted on 14 December 2017

The Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences at Keele University recently conducted a study into musculoskeletal pain -  and raised £1,600 for Alice Charity in the process.

The North Staffordshire Health Study asked patients from GP Practices across North Staffordshire to complete a health survey as part of the project, which aims to improve the quality of life of people suffering with musculoskeletal conditions (pain that comes from the bones, muscles and joints). £200 was promised to a local charity for every 1000th completed survey that was returned.

Lead researcher, Dr Ross Wilkie, said: “Every questionnaire returned makes a real difference, so we are bowled over by the fact that over 8,000 people in North Staffordshire took the time to take part in the study.”

Funding from leading charity, Arthritis Research UK, allowed Keele University researchers to join forces with Southampton and Oxford Universities to conduct the study.

Musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain and osteoarthritis have severely damaging effects on a person’s quality of life. This study will give a better understanding of the impact of these conditions, allowing researchers to tackle the urgent need for healthcare services to provide better measures for people suffering with these conditions.   

Professor George Peat recently visited the Alice Charity to present the cheque for £1,600. The charity is dedicated to helping vulnerable families across Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme by providing accessible services to those most in need -  empowering them to improve their own circumstances and create long term sustainability 

Professor George Peat commented: “As researchers at Keele, we rely on the generosity of the people of North Staffordshire to take part in studies like this. It’s a pleasure to be able to pass on some of that generosity in the form of a donation to the Alice Charity, a very worthwhile local cause, particularly at this time of year.”

Catherine Crockett, fundraising and events manager for the Alice Charity, was delighted to accept the cheque commenting: “We are so grateful for the wonderful donation of £1600 that we received from Keele University. The donation will be hugely beneficial in supporting our Alice families, thank you so much.”

For more details about the study, visit