Chilterns MS go­ing the ex­tra mile for aware­ness

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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