Wendy flies in to turn tower orange for charity’s big day

BUTTON From left, Claire Severgnini, chief executive of the National Osteoporosis Society, Wendy Craig, and Ursula Ward, chief executive of QA Hospital.   Picture: Paul Jacobs (113748-2)
BUTTON From left, Claire Severgnini, chief executive of the National Osteoporosis Society, Wendy Craig, and Ursula Ward, chief executive of QA Hospital. Picture: Paul Jacobs (113748-2)
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SITCOM legend Wendy Craig brought a splash of colour to a landmark feature to mark a medical cause.

The 77-year-old star of TV series Butterflies took to lofty heights at the Spinnaker Tower in Gunwharf Quays yesterday.

ORANGE The Spinnaker Tower

ORANGE The Spinnaker Tower

Wendy visited as part of her duty as patron of National Osteoporosis Society (NOS), a charity which helps those who suffer with fragile bones that are at risk of fracture.

The actress pressed a button to light up the structure in an orange – the charity’s colour – glow to mark World Osteoporosis Day.

She was joined by Ursula Ward, chief executive of Queen Alexandra Hospital, and representatives from NOS as they asked for a fracture prevention service to be introduced at QA.

They called upon health commissioners to purchase the service, which would identity people early enough to prevent possible fractures as a result of having osteoporosis.

Wendy said: ‘What must be brought to the attention of people is that there are a lack of facilities in hospitals which properly care for people who suffer with this condition. We need to stop people unnecessarily breaking bones.

‘If they get the right treatment then it can be prevented.’

Joan Wright, 76, a member of NOS Portsmouth Support Group who has suffered from osteoporosis for the last 20 years, said: ‘I noticed I had begun shrinking in height, so I went for a scan which confirmed it.

‘For some it can be very painful living day to day, but I’m very fortunate to have had great care and support.’