June 2010, I contacted
FMA UK to find the nearest group and was told the nearest was in
Calne. I was actually more interested in finding support and
information for my then partner Ian, as he found Fibromyalgia harder
to live with than I did. I was encouraged and assisted by FMA
UK to start the group and Foggys was born.
16th August 2010 ~ Deb
Cooke (me) founder of Foggys sits nervously with Ian (him), in the
small hall of Liden Community Centre, Swindon, hoping someone will
turn up to Foggys 1st EVER MEETING !! I can still remember
myself saying to Ian, “I hope people turn up”. An hour later,
nerves gone, as 50ish Fibromyalgia sufferers and loved ones turn up
and Foggys is officially born. At one point we thought we'd
be out of the door, as we had to keep moving to make room.
Sounds scary? that amount of people, no !! it was brilliant.
Relaxed atmosphere, few tears, lots of laughs.
We've tried different
venues and times over the years, however, Liden 12 - 2 first
Wednesday of the month has always proved the most popular.
We try to arrange meals,
sometimes subsidised by Foggys (depending on funds) as many of us
aren't very sociable. It's lovely to be out with like-minded
From 7th July 2014,
Foggys (paid) members can take advantage of FREE swim sessions
at Thamesdown Hydrotherapy Pool.
From of 31st July
2017, we were able to increase this to 2 sessions. Paid
members are welcome to attend both, space allowing.
Primarily setup as
Fibromyalgia Support, we now provide support where possible for
other "invisible illnesses". As I tell people who contact us,
please try to come to a meeting, you might be shy and/or anxious,
but you shouldn't suffer alone !!