National multiple sclerosis charity the MS Trust has announced MS Awareness 2008
from 14th to 27th April.
During MS Awareness, the Trust will be
embarking on a number of high profile activities to demonstrate that you can
embrace life with MS - with access to the right support and information, people
with MS can do!
A detailed list of activities can be found at http://www.mstrust.org.uk
but here's a snap shot of what's on;
- The launch of the new look website - more information, more
accessible, more flexibility for people with MS who have visual, dexterity and
- The Trust's new logo is to be unveiled with an on-line
- A new book "Falls: managing the ups and downs of MS"
Expert chatroom for young people with MS - what are the challenges to life style
- Stay Active with MS - the web launch of a resource for
people with MS who want to do anything from angling to yoga.
- A 100 foot
mass abseil challenge off Millers Dale Viaduct, Derbyshire - 100 people with MS
and the health professionals who work with them.
Chris Jones, Chief
Executive of the MS Trust commented: "It's fantastic to see so many people with
MS joining us on our abseil challenge, taking up new sports or hobbies,
expanding their horizons and challenging perceptions of how people with MS live
"How many people really understand what MS is? Even those
who know that MS stands for multiple sclerosis, rarely appreciate the impact it
can have. MS Awareness is an opportunity for us to help change this and also to
encourage people across the UK to focus the debate on how to improve MS
People are still signing up to take part in the abseil on the
19th April, many of whom want to raise funds as well as awareness. The objective
of the abseil is to bring together people with MS, with all levels of mobility
and people who work with them, to demonstrate what can be achieved by a
motivated team, working together. People who are fed up of being told they can't
do things because of their MS are feeling invigorated by the opportunity and the
In 2008, MS Awareness seems to have really captured people's
imagination with people setting up MS Awareness events of their own all over the
UK. Multiple Sclerosis
MS affects approximately 85,000
people in the UK and two thirds of these are women. MS is most often diagnosed
when people are in their 20s and 30s and is the most common neurological
condition affecting young people.
In MS, damage or scarring occurs to
the myelin sheath - a layer of fatty protein that protects the nerves in the
same way that insulating material protects an electric wire. This damage
disrupts the way in which nerve impulses are carried to and from the brain and
leads to a range of symptoms, including fatigue, bladder and bowel problems,
difficulties with walking and pain or abnormal sensations.
MS is a
complex and unpredictable condition, which varies from person to person and does
not follow a set pattern. Symptoms can come and go from day to day but there can
also be relapses followed by periods of complete or partial remission.
The MS Trust
The MS Trust is a charity which works with
and for the 85,000 people in the UK with MS. Our vision is to enable people with
MS to live their lives to the full. We provide:
that is tailored to what people want to know
professionals about what people with MS need
management of MS
for anyone affected by MS MS Trust