John pledges to fight MS during MS Awareness Week
This Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Week (22-28 April), MS Society Scotland were in the Scottish Parliament to raise awareness of the important role research plays in the lives of people affected by MS.
MS affects more than 11,000 people in Scotland and can cause problems with how we walk, move, see, think and feel. But the MS Society is driving research into more – and better – treatments.
The charity currently funds 10 research projects in Scotland with the studies receiving over £3.56million over their lifetimes.
MSPs from across the country attended a reception at Holyrood to hear from some of the leading names in MS research and people living with the condition.
John pledged his support for the crucial research being done in Scotland to stop MS.
John said: “I’m pleased to be able to show my support for this important campaign. MS affects many of my constituents and everyone should be able to get the treatment, services and support they need. I will continue to work with my constituents, fellow MSPs and organisations to drive this campaign forward. As I know first-hand from my work in previous years as a Director of the MS Therapy Centre in Inverness, MS is a condition that affects hundreds of people in my region, both those diagnosed with the condition as well their families and friends.”
Morna Simpkins, director of MS Society Scotland said: “This MS Awareness Week we are highlighting the importance of MS research.
“For more than 11,000 people in Scotland, living with MS is a daily reality. This is why the MS Society is driving cutting-edge research into more – and better treatments to ultimately stop MS.
“By contributing and joining a global group of fundraisers people can help us find new treatments for people living with the often painful and exhausting condition.”
MS is an unpredictable condition that is different for everyone. It affects how a person thinks, feels and moves. For support and information, please contact the helpline on 0808 800 8000.
You can read John’s Speech in the Parliament marking MS Awareness Week here- http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/report.aspx?r=12053&i=109069