We’ve highlighted the STOP MS APPEAL a few times recently and will continue to do so. It’s not only important in helping raise funds but, we feel, awareness too. In giving us an understanding of the effects MS has on sufferers and their loved ones.
The simple, but nevertheless frightening facts are, that around 5,000 people in Wales, more than 100,000 people in the UK and 2.3 million people worldwide have MS – and every one of them shares the uncertainty of life with this debilitating condition. In the UK alone, there are 14 new diagnoses every day – that’s 5,000 people a year. MS destroys lives and devastates families.
A host of VIP’s have joined forces to pledge their support for the Stop MS Appeal at a special event, hosted by newsreader Sian Lloyd. It was officially opened by Professor Mark Drakeford AM – First Minister for Wales, and featured other well-known faces, including Welsh Rugby legend JPR Williams – whose daughter Fran has MS, and Arfon Haines Davies.
Lynne Hughes, Country Director for the MS Society Cymru told us……
“We were overwhelmed by the sense of emotion and hope in the room, at this vitally important milestone event for the MS community. Our panel of speakers were absolutely incredible, and we had entertainment from two hugely talented Welsh singers, Scott Dale and Chelsie Robinson – both of whom have been personally touched by MS.”
There was also an award presented to one of their most-loved volunteers – Eiona Roberts, and an impromptu choral performance by guests from Cardiff Blues Choir! Through all of this, the society expect to have raised around £7,500 in support of their transformational research programme.”
The MS Society invests millions of pounds each year into pioneering research, which has led to significant progress in the treatment of MS. And, there are now over a dozen licensed disease modifying therapies (DMT’s) now available for Relapsing Remitting MS, and one for some people with progressive forms of the condition. These treatments can help to reduce the number of relapses a person experiences, and slow the progression of their MS. However, these treatments aren’t suitable for everyone, and there is no treatment that can stop the progression of MS for good.
That’s why events, like the VIP Dinner are so important, and as you can see from the gallery below, fundraising can be incredibly good fun.
- Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, neurodegenerative condition. There is currently no cure.
- The MS Society is UK-wide community of volunteers, fundraisers, researchers and campaigners working together to stop MS. The charity funds pioneering MS research, as well as information and support services for people with/affected by MS, and campaigns for the rights of the MS community.
- Our Stop MS Appeal needs to raise £100 million to find treatments for everyone with MS. We can see a future where nobody needs to worry about MS getting worse. We believe we can stop MS, and you can help.