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I am running the Manchester Marathon on Sunday 10th April 2016 because ... well I am crazy ... and addicted to running ... and I needed a new challenge, so why not?!?!
I started running nearly 3 years ago with the most amazing lady you could ever meet, Elaine Devine. She is undoubtedly the best running mentor anybody could ever imagine. I ran my first half marathon in May 2014 for the MS Society and 2 years later, it only seems right to double that distance and run a marathon for the amazing charity!
My running journey continued after I joined the Sweatshop Running Community in November 2014 and I can truly say it has changed my life. As a club we run 2/3 times a week together and have trained for several races over the last year. We are now well into our marathon training together and can not wait to get that nervous - excitement feeling at the start line!
I chose to raise money for the MS Society because in 1998 my Dad was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. After he sadly passed in September 2012, I realised how important it was to raise awareness for the illness and to support the valuable research required to help find suitable treatments and perhaps, one day, a cure for MS. I also have a cousin who has MS as well as a very close family friend, so as you can appreciate the MS Society is, for me, a very worthy charity.
Multiple Sclerosis is the most common progressive neurological condition affecting young adults, with diagnosis generally between the ages of 20 and 40. MS is the result of damage to the myelin - a protective sheath surrounding nerve fibres of the central nervous system. When myelin is damaged this interferes with messages from the brain and other parts of the body causing a wide range of symptoms including fatigue, mobility issues and problems with co-ordination. In the UK, there are over 100,000 people with MS but it effects over two million people.
There is currently no cure for MS. For some people, MS is characterised by periods of relapse and remission while for others like my dad it has a progressive pattern. For everyone, it makes life unpredictable.
The MS Society depends entirely on charitable fundraising and the support of the public and volunteers to be able to do their work.
Your donation can help in so many ways, for example:
- A donation of £10 would help provide vital information leaflets about MS and could fund a much needed call to the MS Society helpline.
- A donation of £20 would help fund the cost of someone receiving 24-hour nursing care at the respite care centre.
- A donation of £25 could fund 100 copies of the 'What is MS?' booklet.
- A donation of £30 would help towards the running costs of the MS freephone helpline.
- A donation of £50 would contribute to the individual support grant programme that provides mobility aids, adaptations and equipment and could pay for a days training for a volunteer helpline officer, who make sure people affected by MS have someone to talk to.
- A donation of £54 would pay for an hour of MS research time.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody for their generous donations and support for this fantastic cause. Your donation truly means so much to me personally and to the MS Society. Every single penny donated is very much appreciated as the MS Society relies solely on charitable donations so please dig deep and support our efforts in supporting this great charity.
Your support can help change lives.
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