Giant hand grabs the attention of Reading shoppers

September 14, 2017 by  

A talking hand was used to spread the word about rheumatoid arthritis within Reading.

The Oxford Academic Health Science Network (OAHSN) took part in the hand-based stunt. A print company in Reading may be used by campaign groups in the future. Approximately 10,000 Berkshire citizens have a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis. Dr James Rose, part of the OAHSN, told Get Reading:

“The whole premise is to raise awareness around rheumatoid arthritis. The disease is a very serious condition that affects about one per cent of the population. It can have quite disastrous consequences if left untreated for a long period of time.”

Martin Leaver, another member of the OAHSN, had a warning for the public. He said people must not ignore symptoms like joint pain. He urged individuals to visit their GP for a referral if they suspected they might have the condition.

Reading is a place with a varied population in terms of age. Claire Jacklin, a director at the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, confirmed that young people can be affected by some types of arthritis.

The talking hand was roughly the height of two people. It made quite an impact on pedestrians near The Oracle’s entrance in early September. Paul Kerensa, a comedian, did his bit on the day. The award winning performer took time out from his job to speak for the giant hand.