Annual Conference

  • Saturday 16 September 2017
  • Crewe

Our annual conference has always been a highlight of the year, bringing together the Scleroderma and Raynaud's community from across the UK to receive the latest information from top specialists on medical and research advancements.

We have used your feedback from 2016 to design an event that has you at the very heart of it and this year the programme includes a range of topics you want to hear about in order to support you in managing your conditions.

This year we are delighted to host internationally renowned speakers such as Professor Chris Denton, Professor Ariane Herrick, Peter Lanyon and Dr. John Pauling. We'll have a series of engaging talks throughout the day about the conditions, current and innovative treatments available, medical and research advancements and interactive self-management sessions.

There'll be a series of talks on early diagnosis of scleroderma, new treatments in Raynaud's, how to care for your skin, and during the lunch break you can explore and trial a range of practical sessions in skincare, podiatry and pharmacy. Keith Hunt MBE, massage therapist will be joining us again along with a specialist nurse and other exhibitors to provide you with hints, tips and useful products.

You told us that building a network of support with people that share similar experiences is really beneficial, so we'll be making sure you have the opportunity to do just that. We'll be hosting a meet and greet drinks evening on Friday 15th September from 6-7pm and networking sessions throughout the day.

This year the conference is just £25.00 to attend.

Members of the charity are able to attend for free.

At SRUK we believe everyone should have access to specialist information and the opportunity to build a support network, so each year we invest in conference to provide this. If you would like to help us cover conference costs to enable further investment in research then there is the opportunity to add a donation when booking.

You will be able to book your place at this years conference shortly, either through this page or by calling our team on 020 3893 5998.

Venue Details

De Vere Cranage Estate, Byley Lane, Crewe CW4 8EW


Hidden away in 20 acres of beautiful natural woodland, De Vere Cranage Estate is the ideal location for our conference this year and if you have time, exploring the surrounding countryside and attractions. The Estate enjoys a relaxed rural setting and is a stylish hotel, equipped with modern conveniences such as:

-Complementary parking for all guests

-Tempus Bar and Restaurant with outside terrace

-Business centre

-Complementary leisure facility to 'The Club' for guests within the hotel, with a gym, treadmills, weights room, 18m heated indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi poolside. Pilates, yoga and other classes may be accessed according to availability for a small charge. Beauty treatments are also available; please liaise directly with the company Essence (01270 764623). Towels are available at the leisure club and you need £1 for a locker.

-Outdoor floodlit tennis court and a snooker table are also available.

-Free, superfast Wi-Fi with a maximum bandwidth of 100MB is available throughout the hotel and up to 100m within the grounds.

If you wish to make an overnight reservation please contact the hotel on 01477 536 666 quoting SRUK Annual Conference, alternatively send an email to where Amelia will be happy to assist you.

Room rates for 2017 conference are as follows.

Single Room with Breakfast £84 per night

Double room with Breakfast £96 per night

*Please note De Vere Cranage at present do not have any twin rooms. All rooms have double beds, if you would like an additional 'sofa' or 'zed' bed in the room please request when booking, these are subject to availability.

If you require an accessible room, please also discuss when booking your accommodation. There is 1 fully adapted room and 10 partially adapted rooms which can be booked subject to availability.

Friday Night Social Event

On Friday 15th September we will be holding a casual drinks reception in the Tempus bar from 6pm - 7pm. This is an opportunity for those staying the night before to meet other attendees and enjoy an hour of socialising before the main event on Saturday.

Staff and trustees of SRUK will join you and so if you have any questions about the conference or the work of the charity then this is the perfect opportunity to ask.

If you would like to come along then please do let us know when booking.

Travelling to Conference

De Vere Cranage Estate is located just 2 miles from the M6 motorway on the A50 between Holmes Chapel and Knutsford. Use the following navigation coordinates (53.211199, -2.375869) and postcode (CW4 8EW) to find the hotel.

Parking is extensive and free for guests of the hotel, conference venue, and leisure club.

Should you require parking near to your room or the front access of the hotel, please email us directly with details so we can secure you a suitable space. Contact giving us your car model, make and registration along with your full name, alternatively call 020 3893 5998 to discuss details.

From M6 Motorway

Leave the M6 at Junction 18 and take the A54 towards Holmes Chapel. Follow the road for just over a mile until you reach a roundabout in Holmes Chapel Village. Turn left onto the A50 towards Knutsford and follow this road until you enter Cranage and see the sign for De Vere Cranage Estate. These direct you to turn left onto Byley lane. The Estate is on your left hand side.

There is also availability for blue badge holders which will be allocated on a first come first serve basis, so please advise if you need a blue badge space. The rate for the car park is the same.


The nearest mainline railway stations are Crewe and Macclesfield, which are approximately 20 minutes by taxi from the hotel. These stations are convenient to both Northern and Southern travel routes.

The nearest local station is Holmes Chapel, just 5 minutes away and convenient when travelling to/from Manchester city centre.

We recommend www.thetrainline.comto book rail tickets or


Service based in Stockport but service Cheshire and Lancashire

App available to book online or call 0161 483 1099 Or 0161 480 5000 for a booking

Other enquiries email


Manchester International Airport is just 18 miles—or approximately 25 to 30 minutes via car or taxi—from De Vere Cranage Estate. Ample parking is available on the hotel grounds.