Valerie attends multiple sclerosis event in Parliament

At an exhibition in Parliament on Tuesday 11 June 2019, I showed my support for the #StopMS campaign.

Over 100,000 people in the UK have Multiple sclerosis (MS), a condition that affects the brain and spinal cord. In MS patients like George, Alba, Liz and Bethan, myelin (the coating that protects your nerves) is damaged, causing a range of problems with how they move, think and feel.

The campaign #StopMS calls for increased investment in MS research. At the moment there are treatments that work for some people, but not all. The MS Society believes that, now more is known about the causes of the disease, effective treatments can be found for everyone diagnosed with the currently lifelong condition.

Celebrities, neurologists and other MS sufferers have spoken to the MS Society about how advances in treatment will improve lives:

  • Golfer Tony Johnstone, who has MS, said: “I hope advances in treatment will mean other people living with MS can enjoy the special things in life we all look forward to.”
  • Professor Jeremy Chataway, UCL: “I believe we’re on the cusp of finding effective treatments for everyone and that – with enough support and funding – we can stop MS.”
  • Rebecca Robinson, an MS patient with a five year old son: “My hope is for a cure for MS so I won’t have to consider my son being a young carer.”
  • Professor Anna William, University of Edinburgh: “In the next ten years with continued investment from the MS Society, I’m hugely optimistic that drugs to repair myelin will become readily available for people with MS.”

You can find out more about the MS Society and the #StopMS campaign here. []