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£1,310
raised of £500 target by 46 supporters

    Weʼve raised £1,310 to add to our Kick the Stick campaign

    Corby, United Kingdom
    Funded on Monday, 30th April 2018

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    Hello, my name is Helen. Im trying to raise money for my friend Dick who has Multiple Sclerosis. In Dick’s words, here is his story...

    “In many ways I am lucky as my form of MS is of a far slower deterioration than many others with the condition. I’ve had MS for 16 years. I am still mobile, and with the use of walking aids I can function relatively well, and I can move about and get things done for a few hours every other morning. From about 10am, my energy begins to wane, I become sluggish and my responses become confused and awkward and even forgetful. I deteriorate rapidly as the day progresses requiring the remaining hours of the day, and all of the next, as a rest period. Resting enables me to do it all again every other morning. My days are routine, they need to be, and I make it work, and when something stops working, I make adjustments and continue moving forward. I decided to embrace my body, and my minds deterioration many years ago, and this has helped me stay stronger for longer, I believe. I am a very positive person. I’m very pragmatic, after all why waste time on ‘what ifs’? No, rather I’ll just go with it, and accept the hurdles before me as and when they rise up to meet me. As a consequence of this ‘outlook’ I gave up on things like ‘hope’ a long time ago, as it was not something I could rely on anymore, thinking, and everyone agreed, there will never be a cure. Panorama had an episode on Multiple Sclerosis which reawakened my hope, there really is a possibility of repair and certainly in stopping further progression of the condition. Currently in trials, all subjects monitored in the documentary showed improvement, some dramatic. All MRI scans revealed no more brain lesions, the MS was gone. In basic terms Chemo and Stem Cell transplant restarts the old you, reigniting our state before MS came knocking at our doors. I have Secondary Progressive MS so sadly I fall outside of the Trial subject criteria. According to the Panorama episode, treatment (and it’s a one off treatment) costs the NHS £40,000 per patient. I’ll never see money like that in my lifetime, I’m unable to work and rely on the state to support me. Back when I worked, I loved to work; before MS I’ve never been sick, no injury, no Cold nor Flu. I’ve never had a sick day, not one, not even in jest, not even to nurse a hang-over, or because I just couldn’t be bothered, I’ve always been bothered. I love the idea of contributing once more, of helping and feeling part of something again, since the programme aired, it is all that’s occupied my thoughts.”

    Our Kick the Stick campaign started in 2016 and so far we have raised £26k. As we are trying to reach a target, the cost has risen also. We are not defeated, we continue to raise the funds for our friend.

    I need sugar daily, I know that sounds odd but I have a set of sweet teeth not a single sweet tooth. I eat cakes, chocolate biscuits, flying saucers, red laces, chocolate bars, jam dougnuts and sweets on a weekly basis. I am going sugar free for February. Wish me luck...

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    • Helen Hemphill2 years ago
      Helen Hemphill

      Helen Hemphill

      2 years ago

      Well, what a month this has been. I’ve missed my tea and chocolate digestives the most. What I’ve learnt is that I do have a sugar addiction. There have been times where I thought I would crack but I resisted due to the commitment I have made. Two days left of this February challenge. Thank you to all who have donated to this worthy cause. We appreciate it more than you realise. One step closer xx

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    • Helen Hemphill2 years ago
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      Helen Hemphill

      2 years ago

      Day 21 and still going strong. Very proud of myself. I am a total sugar monster. I still don’t like my tea!! Thank you everyone who has sponsored so far - spread the word please. All donations greatly appreciated xxx

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    • Helen Hemphill2 years ago
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      Helen Hemphill

      2 years ago

      Things are much better now. My headache has gone and I’m not as tired as I was. My tea still tastes rotten. I miss my chocolate digestives with tea and a book on my days off. This has been difficult. It seems like such an easy challenge but not for me. Those close to me know how much I love my sweet treats. Thank you to everyone who has donated. We appreciate it so much. You are extremely kind and generous. Thank you xxx

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    Supporters

    46

    • Steve Shellabear

      Steve Shellabear

      Mar 2, 2018

      Hi HelenWell done on the campaign to help Dick! best wishesSteve

      £30.00

    • Fiona White

      Fiona White

      Mar 1, 2018

      My goodness, how incredibly hard this must have been Helen..... Well done you! You go girl xx

      £15.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Mar 1, 2018

      Well done Helen !Xx

      £10.00

    • Stacey Tilley

      Stacey Tilley

      Mar 1, 2018

      Don't know how you did it ! But well done lovely xx

      £10.00

    • David Hepworth

      David Hepworth

      Mar 1, 2018

      £20.00

    • Anna Ivanova

      Anna Ivanova

      Feb 28, 2018

      £10.00

    • Elaine Jameson

      Elaine Jameson

      Feb 28, 2018

      Well done Helen xxx

      £10.00

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    Helen Hemphill

    Helen Hemphill

    Corby, United Kingdom

    So it’s day one and I’m feeling a bit nervous. Not looking forward to my brekkie....

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