A NATIONAL charity is inviting people in Redditch to start their own DIY fundraiser and raise life-changing funds for multiple sclerosis (MS) research.
Following the success of the annual ‘MS Walk’, the MS Society has launched the new ‘My MS Walk’ – an accessible and inclusive option that allows anyone, anywhere to fundraise with a walk, roll or stroll in their local community.
MS affects more than 100,000 people in the UK, with a further one in four likely to know someone affected.
It is often painful and exhausting and can cause problems with how we walk, move, see, think and feel.
Stuart Nixon, who has has lived with progressive MS since the age of 14, organised his own walk in 2013.
He said: “For the charities 60th Anniversary in 2013 I decided to try something special.
“Stu Steps Up, as it became known, was a 60km walk around London.
“It was a walk with a difference. With a specially designed walking frame and support from my wife Marie and my friends, we walked from Buckingham Palace, all around London and back to the Palace again.
“We walked for over nine days in total and raised £75,000 in the process.”
Walks can be any distance and can take place anywhere.
MS Society will provide all the materials and support you need to make it a success – including t-shirts to raise awareness.
Nick Moberly, chief executive at the MS Society, said: “We’re incredibly excited to launch ‘My MS Walk’, and can’t wait to celebrate communities coming together across the UK to raise vital funds for MS research.
“More than 100,000 people in the UK live with MS and scientists believe we are closer than ever to having treatments for everyone.
“We believe we can stop MS and, by organising your own walk, you’ll play an important part in getting us there.”
To get handy tips and resources on how to organise a walk, or for more information head to www.mssociety.org.uk/my-ms-walk