Say yes and wear your wed­ding dress for MS

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A for­mer Ruther­glen Re­former reporter who was di­ag­nosed with mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis weeks be­fore she got mar­ried is urg­ing other women to wear their wed­ding gowns for a spe­cial char­ity event.

Carla Cal­laghan, who worked for the Re­former be­tween 2009 and 2012, was given the news that she had re­laps­ing re­mit­ting MS in June 2013 af­ter suf­fer­ing sen­sory is­sues, bal­ance prob­lems and fa­tigue for more than a year.

She took part in the event, Wear Your Wed­ding Dress for MS, which aims to raise funds for MS So­ci­ety Scot­land and high­light the neu­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tion which af­fects 11,000 Scots.

Now work­ing as a free­lance jour­nal­ist, Carla also plans to raise aware­ness and funds for the con­di­tion with her ex­tra spe­cial char­ity event at St Bride’s Pas­toral Cen­tre, Both­well, on Satur­day, April 30.

Carla who also works as a press and PR of­fi­cer for MS So­ci­ety Scot­land, roped in her friends Caro­line Ryan, Sophie Thomas, Claire Flana­gan and Mairi Valen­tine to wear wed­ding dresses loaned to them by Bi­joux Bridal for some launch pic­tures at Dalziel Park in Mother­well re­cently.

The 31 year old said: “We got some funny looks walk­ing through Dalziel Park, and it makes me so ex­cited for the ac­tual event to come around.

“I wanted to plan a night which would be fun, unique, and most im­por­tantly raise money and high­light that MS is a young per­son’s con­di­tion, with most peo­ple di­ag­nosed in their 20s and 30s – usu­ally at the age when peo­ple are mak­ing big ca­reer choices and maybe think­ing about mar­riage or kids.

“I hope we can raise lots of money for the MS So­ci­ety and I am sure Both­well res­i­dents will never have seen so many brides in one place at the same time!”

Carla, who ap­peared on This Morn­ing last May to raise aware­ness on World MS Day, added: “It’s a girls’ only night and we hope ev­ery­one will turn out ei­ther wear­ing a wed­ding dress or glam up for a night of danc­ing, raf­fles and much more.

“I’d also like to thank Bi­joux Bridal for al­low­ing us to wear their gowns and Dalziel Park in Mother­well for let­ting five brides have their pic­tures taken to launch this great event.”

Fig­ures show that most peo­ple are di­ag­nosed with MS be­tween the ages of 20 to 40, but it can af­fect younger and older peo­ple too.

Roughly three times as many women have MS as men.

The con­di­tion is com­plex, and has many symp­toms. Most peo­ple won’t ex­pe­ri­ence them all, cer­tainly not at the same time.

Symp­toms might in­clude fa­tigue, vi­sion prob­lems and dif­fi­cul­ties with walk­ing, but MS is dif­fer­ent for ev­ery­one.

Carla’s night is al­ready a com­plete sell out, with ladies ea­ger to do their part to help.

Go to www.msso­ci­ety.org.uk/ near-me/branches/ms-so­ci­etyscot­land for more in­for­ma­tion on the dis­ease and the work of MS So­ci­ety Scot­land.

All glammed up Sophie Thomas, Mairi Valen­tine, Carla Cal­laghan, Caro­line Ryan and Claire Flana­gan for Wear your Wed­ding Dress for MS

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