Spinnaker is turned orange for charity week

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THE Spinnaker Tower turned orange today to mark the start of MS Week.

The aim is to raise awareness of both multiple sclerosis and the MS Society – the leading national charity for the more than 100,000 people living with MS.

The Portsmouth landmark will stay that colour until 11pm tonight.

Mark Haymes, the MS Society’s area fundraiser for the south, said: ‘We’re really grateful that the Spinnaker Tower will be turning orange – it’s a brilliant way to let people know that it’s MS Week and to raise awareness of the condition. MS is generally diagnosed in people in their 20s and 30s and is unpredictable, one day a person with MS might be fine, but the next they might lose their sight or have problems walking.’

The MS Society is using MS Week to warn that thousands of people with MS could be left behind as new NHS medicines emerge that are out of reach for many with the condition.

The charity wants to ensure all licensed treatment options are made available on the NHS to everyone who needs them.