RIP Helen


We are very sad to announce that Helen Chappell has passed away very suddenly aged 49.

Helen was a much loved member of the OI community.

Helen was involved with the Brittle Bone Society since a very young child and featured, aged just 5, in the famous Magpie TV film when the charity won tremendous support for equipment from the Children’s TV Show.

Helen  held the post of trustee of the Brittle Bone Society in 2012 and served the Charity in a number of activities and was also one of the original young people who pioneered vOIce.

Helen Chappell was a proud Yorkshire lass and lived in Leeds.  She was keenly involved in Leeds Powerchair Football.

Helen was a warm and friendly person and just delighted in training her lovely new dog Barney.

Everyone who knew Helen will be shaken by this news. She will be sadly missed. Rest in peace Helen.


Celebration of Life: Details To Join Virtually


Name: Helen Chappell

Location: Pontefract Crematorium – Default Chapel

Date & Time: Wednesday 01/02/2023 14:20

Requester: Peta Stevens – Love & Stevens

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Webcast Login PIN: 887-9946


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Helen and Barney


RIP Gareth Cumming


We are very sad to announce that Gareth Cumming has passed away aged 38. Gareth was a much loved member of the OI community. He had been a trustee of the Brittle Bone Society since 2017 and served on the Charity’s finance committee.

Gareth lived in Bristol and worked in finance for the Ministry of Defence.

He was keenly involved in every aspect of our Charity, attending all manner of events, most recently at the OI Can Event in Devon and our Mini Conference in London. He had a warm and friendly personality that drew people to him. He loved a quiz and was set to join us at our Sheffield Family Day event on the 3rd September.

Everyone that knew Gareth will be devastated by this. He will be sorely missed. Rest in peace Gareth.



Gareth Cumming

Tales of the Unexpected Exhibition


Dundee University launched their “Tales of the Unexpected” Exhibition on Friday the 5th of August.

To mark Scotland’s Year of Stories the university invited artists, designers and creative writers to explore the stores and choose objects and archives which inspired and intrigued them. This exhibition showcases their responses and brings to life the tales that run through the collections in new and surprising ways.

Artist Susie Johnston was inspired by the BBS archives and chose to create a sculpture showcasing the wishbone, this was shown at the exhibition along with some of the charities archive. Trustee Yvonne Grant was there to see the big reveal!

The exhibition is shown in the Lamb Gallery at Dundee University and is open until 28th October. You can register for your tickets here.  

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