Pain Relief Foundation to get Freedom of Liverpool

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A charity which provides help to thousands of people on Merseyside who suffer chronic pain is to be granted Freedom of the City of Liverpool.

The Pain Relief Foundation in Aintree will be recognised in a ceremony at Liverpool Town Hall on Wednesday.

Councillor Hazel Williams, the city's lord mayor, said the charity had made a "huge difference" to people's lives.

Founded in 1979, the foundation is thought to be the first in the world to research chronic pain.

Professor John Miles, co-founder and trustee, said: "We started the charity because we realised we didn't know enough about the causes of chronic pain - and there was no funding for research into the subject.

"That was 32 years ago, since when we have helped to develop many new treatments which are used around the world."

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