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A CARE home renowned world-wide for its success in treating people with a rare obesity condition is throwing out a lifeline to sufferers all over the UK with the launch of a new club.

The club for people with Prader Willi Syndrome (PWS) has been set up by Northamptonshire based Gretton Homes with the aim of helping those with the disorder to feel less isolated. The club will put members in touch with other PWS sufferers as well as organising competitions and pen pals.

PWS - featured in the recent BBC documentary ‘Not My Fault I’m Fat’- causes a variety of symptoms but the most obvious is life-threatening weight gain caused by obsessive eating. People with PWS are in a constant state of starvation as the part of the brain, which registers hunger, never switches off.

There is no cure for the genetic disorder but Gretton Homes – which has its main care centre in Gretton and a number of semi-independent homes in Kettering – has achieved spectacular success in reducing the weight of PWS sufferers through its unique diet and exercise programme. Its methods of managing the condition are now used as standard by specialist homes all over the world.

Gretton Homes PWS liaison officer Myles Kelly explained: “Excessive weight gain not only causes life threatening problems such as diabetes and heart disease but can also result in sufferers feeling isolated as they are often unable to get out and lead a normal life. Our new club will enable members to make contact with others with the same condition. There will be a quarterly newsletter and we’ll be running competitions with some fantastic prizes.”

Anyone wanting to join the new PWS club should write with their name, address, age – also saying whether they are male or female – to Myles Kelly, Gretton Homes, 3 High Street, Gretton, Northants NN17 3DE or email Gretton Homes is also inviting people to suggest names for the new club when sending in their details.

Images available of the Gretton Homes Newsletter and Myles Kelly, PWS Liaison Officer from JM Marketing.

22nd February 2005

Notes for news editors:
Gretton Homes is one of just three centres in the UK and the only one in the East Midlands specialising in residential care and treatment for people with PWS. Maurice Reynolds, Senior Partner of Gretton Homes and founder of its PWS treatment programme was recently awarded an MBE for his achievements. PWS affects 1 in 20,000.

For further press information contact;
JM Marketing
39 Cobden Street
Kettering NN16 8ER
Tel: 01536 414555
Fax: 01536 414333

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