THE MS Society is calling on people in Portsmouth to support the hundreds of people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) in the area.
There are around 350 people living with MS in Portsmouth but a poll by the MS Society of more than 2,000 members of the public revealed that out of the 320 adults surveyed in the south east just over half could not identify one symptom of the neurological condition.
The charity is now calling on people in Portsmouth to support the 100 people diagnosed with MS every week in the UK by signing up to ‘ChallengeMS’ – an annual fundraising event which aims to challenge people’s perceptions and raise £125,000 for MS research during September.
MS attacks at random and many of the symptoms are invisible to others so while people might appear to be fine, they’re often struggling with severe fatigue or problems with their balance and mobility.
Holly Lambert, community and events fundraising manager at the MS Society said: ‘There are around 350 people in Portsmouth and more than 100,000 people in the UK living with MS yet many people don’t fully understand the condition.
‘We’re encouraging people to sign up to ChallengeMS to find out more about MS and take on a personal challenge during September – whether you decide to quit a habit, take on a creative challenge, enter a race, or simply make a change to your daily life – the choice is yours.’
The charity is fighting to improve treatment and care to help people with MS take control of their lives.
For more information visit challengeMS.org.uk.