Organised by the Raynaud’s and Scleroderma Association, this month aims to raise awareness of these disorders and offer help and advice not only to sufferers, but to their friends and families too.

Raynaud’s is a common condition in which blood is prevented from reaching the extremities of the body (mainly the fingers and toes) on exposure to the cold or any slight change in temperature. A small number of people who have Raynaud’s also develop scleroderma – which means ‘hard skin’. However, the hardness is not limited to the skin – the internal organs and their blood supply may also become damaged, and this can be devastating not only for the person who has the condition, but also for the families concerned.

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