Pots for PoTS

Thank you to everyone who joined in with our Pots for PoTS 2020 fundraiser. Together we raised over £2,000 for Pots UK.

To everyone who donated pots, auctioneered, placed bids, won pots, joined the zoom, shared a post, liked or commented or got involved in any way, thank you!

On Sunday 25th October 2020, PoTS awareness day, Cambridge Makers held their first Pots for PoTS event.

Through a series of two auctions they sold pots made and donated by local makers to raise money for for Pots UK a charity supporting those with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome.

As many of you are aware Cambridge Makers’ Creative Director Susannah has this chronic condition that can be variously debilitating. Being able to run Cambridge Art Makers on a flexible basis makes it easier for Susannah to live with this condition. In an effort to help other people with the condition, and as an excuse to make lots of pots herself, she developed this fundraising idea.

We are incredibly grateful to all the potters who donated and collaborated on work for this auction. Namely Frank Logan, Janet Edwards, Joy Voisey, Lucy Blake, Pip Hughes, Steel Haughton and Victoria Ashdown. Special thanks to Caroline Amory who enabled a lot of potting! We are also very grateful to Peter Lefort and Colin Hamilton who were our trusty auctioneers and Cambridge Makers, our host.

Look out for news of future fundraisers via the Cambridge Art Makers newsletter.

What is PoTS?

As taken from PoTS UK website

Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (PoTS) can be a life altering and debilitating health condition. Simply standing up can be a challenge for affected people as their body is unable to adjust to gravity. PoTS is due to an abnormal response by the autonomic (automatic) nervous system and is characterised by orthostatic intolerance (the development of symptoms when upright that are mostly relieved by lying down). Symptoms include palpitations, lightheadedness, fatigue, sweating, nausea, fainting and headaches, and are associated with a persistant increase in heart rate from the lying to upright position.

PoTS UK was founded by a group of healthcare professionals with PoTS who recognised the need to increase awareness of this condition.

They educate and support patients, family, friends and medical professionals within the United Kingdom about this widely unrecognised and misdiagnosed condition by sharing up to date evidence and resources. We work with healthcare professionals and other charities in the UK and abroad, and advocate for their members by seeking better NHS services, more research, and targeted treatments for people with PoTS.

PoTS UK is at the heart of beating PoTS

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