Chilterns MS going the extra mile for awareness
THE Chilterns MS Centre is holding its largest annual awareness and fundraising event later this month.
Since its inception in September 2015, Walk the MS Mile has raised £91,500 for the Wendover-based charity.
It has also doubled the number of referrals received from people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS).
John Allen will be taking part in his local Walk the MS Mile in Beaconsfield on Saturday September 16.
He said: “I was diagnosed with MS in 1995. I had very little information about MS at the time but I discovered the Chilterns MS Centre and it changed everything.
“I received help and advice from the most amaz- ing team of physios and just talking to other people going through the same experience is a great help.”
The hundreds of people that have walked a mile for the charity have helped it deliver more than 2,600 hours of physio, hydro, oxygen, complementary and occupational therapy to individuals such as Me Allen who rely on the centre.
MS is an unpredictable, often disabling, disease that causes a wide range of symptoms including difficulties with mobility, balance, impaired vision and bladder problems.
It costs the charity £1 million to meet the needs of people with MS in the local community and events like Walk the MS Mile are vital to enable them to continue to empower their members to lead happy and healthy lives.
This type of regular and long term support is not available on the NHS.
Many people with MS are unable to take part in physical sponsored challenges, but walking a mile is something many people can and are pleased to do.
Register for one of the following sponsored walks online at www.walktheMSmile.org.
Registration is £5 to secure your end of walk goody bag and children are free.
The Beaconsfield walk will take place on Saturday September 16.
It start outside the town hall at 10.30am, with registration open from 10am and town cryer Dick Smith opening the walk.