Miles of support for MS charity

Sarah McCready, left, and  Linda Oatley PNL-150820-163749001
Sarah McCready, left, and Linda Oatley PNL-150820-163749001

Walk a mile and show support for a charity that helps people with multiple sclerosis (MS).

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Chilterns MS Centre. And the flagship event of is Walk The MS Mile, an ambitious plan to raise £30,000 with 30 one-mile walks, in 30 locations across the 30 days of September.

One-mile walks are being held in towns and villages across the region every day and the charity wants as many people as possible to join in .

Walk The MS Mile comes to Wingrave on Thursday, September 3, Winslow on Friday, September 5, Great Missenden on Tuesday, September 8, Aston Clinton on Thursday, September 10, Wendover on Friday, September 11, Haddenham on Monday, September 14, Aylesbury on Sunday, September 27, and finishes at Halton on Wednesday, September 30.

The Chilterns MS Centre helps more than 300 people each week manage their multiple sclerosis symptoms by providing services such as physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy and acupuncture.

Centre trustee Linda Oatley and Sarah McCready, who has used the centre for over 18 years, are planning to walk and wheel every mile.

Linda said: “We provide a range of therapies for people with MS living across Bucks, Herts and beyond, so we decided to arrange walks in 30 different locations to enable lots of people, with or without MS, to support the work we do.

“The charity is a real lifeline to so many people like myself with MS. I have been in training since the start of the year and plan to walk or wheel every mile.”

Chief executive Robert Breakwell said: “The centre is proud to have been helping people with MS for three decades now. The range of treatments has expanded considerably over this time, so too the number of people we are able to treat.

“All of this is only made possible through fundraising and donations. We are now one of the leading MS therapy centres in the country and we hope that the community will really get behind their local MS mile and help us meet our fundraising target of £30,000. It would be the best anniversary present we could wish for.”

District councillor Janet Blake will start walkers off in Wingrave at 11am next Thursday at the park pavilion.

See the website for full details of all 30 walks.