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Antony Butcher

Antony's The Road to San Francisco - cycling across America in 2020

cycling across America in 2020 for Multiple Sclerosis Society because My mum has MS

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Multiple Sclerosis Society

We are the MS Society. We are strong enough to stop MS together.

Charity Registration No. 1139257

Story

I’ve cycled LEJOG twice. I’ve shaved off all my hair. I’ve baked dozens of cakes…

But it’s not enough.

I’ve already raised over £15,000 for a range of charities – principally the MS Society, as my mother has Secondary Progressive MS (read about how this affected me here). Since writing this, things haven’t got better – the type of MS my mum has is degenerative and is only going to go in one direction. But I can’t sit down and do nothing. If I can raise funds to help others in my situation – if I can play even a tiny role in finding a meaningful cure – then at least something good will have come out of my pain. I’ve been considering what to do next for several years now.

Then, last year, I had a mental health breakdown (see some words I wrote about this here). When I started sharing my experiences online so many people came out of the woodwork with their own mental health story. Friends, family, colleagues – I learned that I wasn’t alone. But I also learned how much pain people people suffer in silence – how much we bottle up, and how serious the consequences of this can be. And if there’s something I can do – by sharing, by talking, and by raising money to support those who need it… then maybe the hell I went through will have been worth it.

So there it is. I can’t fix my mum. I can’t make depression and anxiety disappear. But I can’t do nothing. I am fundraising for several charities - this page is for the MS Society. 

If you would like to find out about other charities I am fundraising for visit www.antonyjcbutcher.com. Anything you can give for this worthy cause, be it 50p or £50, would be greatly appreciated. 

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