Former mayoress tells of battle with MS

Jean Almond during her time as mayoress of St Helens with husband Geoff at the reopening of the newly-refurbished Ena Shaw furniture shop on Duke Street with managing director Barrie Potter
Jean Almond during her time as mayoress of St Helens with husband Geoff at the reopening of the newly-refurbished Ena Shaw furniture shop on Duke Street with managing director Barrie Potter

St Helens’ former mayoress Jean Almond has written a revealing account of her battle with multiple sclerosis.

The book, published by St Helens Carers Centre, tells of funny and light-hearted experiences faced by Jean, the wife of Geoff Almond, who served as Mayor from 2012-13, and also gives a powerful message that being diagnosed with MS is not the end of the world.

The purpose of the book is to inspire others into thinking that, just because they have a disability, it is not the end of the world

Former mayoress of St Helens, Jean Almond

Jean told the Reporter last year how she had coped with MS during her time in office. Read our story here

In the preface to the book, the former Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Revd James Jones, pays tribute to Jean, stating that "The phrase 'blazing a trail' doesn't automatically go with wheelchairs but in Jean Almond's case it most certainly does."

He goes on to say that "The book with all its stories and anecdotes will touch you and inspire you in equal measure."

Speaking about her book, Jean said: “The purpose of the book is to inspire others into thinking that, just because they have a disability, it is not the end of the world.

“During my time as Mayoress, I was fortunate enough to attend functions and meet some extraordinary people. If I can do it, anyone can.”

Jean, who has lived with the condition for 33 years but only diagnosed in 1997, will be present at Central Library on Tuesday 3 November at 2pm to talk about her book, which will be available to buy on the day - priced £4.95 - with all profits donated to the St Helens MS branch.

The Mayoress with MS will also be available to buy from the St Helens Carers Centre, 31-35 Baldwin Street St Helens, WA10 2RS.