THE MS Society is calling on people in St Helens to support the hundreds of people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) in the area.
There are around 300 people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) in St Helens but a poll by the MS Society of more than 2,000 members of the UK public revealed that out of the 221 adults surveyed in the North West over half (53%) (i) couldn’t identify one symptom of the neurological condition.
The charity is now calling on people in the town to support the 100 people diagnosed with MS every week in the UK (ii) by signing up to ‘ChallengeMS’ – an annual fundraising event which aims to challenge people’s perceptions and raise £125,000 for MS research during September.
MS attacks at random and many of the symptoms are invisible to others so while people might appear to be fine, they’re often struggling with severe fatigue or problems with their balance and mobility.
Holly Lambert, community and events fund-raising manager at the MS Society said: “There are around 300 people in Bury and over 100,000 people in the UK living with MS yet many people don’t fully understand the condition.
“We’re encouraging people to sign up to ChallengeMS to find out more about MS and take on a personal challenge during September – whether you decide to quit a habit, take on a creative challenge, enter a race, or simply make a change to your daily life – the choice is yours.”
For more information and to get involved visit: www.challengeMS.org.uk