Two local Lib Dem councillors in Watford have raised more than £2,600 as part of a team for the MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Society, after taking part in the charity’s 20 kilometre MS Walk challenge.
Mother & son duo Councillors Glen Saffery and Ann Saffery, who represent the Woodside Ward in Garston, chose the charity in aid of Glen’s partner Natasha who has lived with MS for 8 years. Natasha was only diagnosed after losing her eyesight and ability to walk.
All three took part in the challenge to raise money for research into better treatments and the ongoing search for a cure for MS.
Their route started and ended at Embankment gardens, taking in St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, the London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Royal Albert Hall, Buckingham Palace and other iconic London landmarks.
More than 130,000 people in the UK are living with MS, with over 7,000 new diagnoses each year. Symptoms usually begin when people are in their 20s and 30s. MS is unpredictable, one day you can be fine, the next you might lose your sight or be unable to move. There is currently no cure.
Councillor Glen Saffery said “Knowing what Natasha went through with MS before we met, I have witnessed first hand the miracles research into this cruel disease can achieve. If it hadn’t been for the work carried out to find effective treatments, Natasha and I would never have known each other. I am so proud to be able to do something that will help people affected by MS now & in the future, and help contribute to stopping this awful illness.”
Natasha said “Being able to complete 20km walks is something I once thought I would never be able to do again. Doing it now alongside my loved ones makes it mean even more. We are so grateful to everyone who has donated”
The MS Society will use donations generated from fundraisers to research and fight for better treatment and care to help people with MS take back control. For more information about the MS Society go to: www.mssociety.org.uk
To contribute to the fund, please donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/teamtasha2021
About multiple sclerosis
- MS affects more than 130,000 of us in the UK, with an estimated 7,000 new diagnoses each year
- MS symptoms typically appear when people are in their 20s or 30s
- MS attacks the nervous system. Symptoms include sight loss, pain, fatigue, incontinence and disability
- MS is unpredictable - one day you can be fine, the next you might lose your sight or be unable to move
About the MS Society
- The MS Society is here for people with MS
- We have a free helpline - 0808 800 8000 and information can be found on our website www.mssociety.org.uk
- We’re funding research to stop MS, and working to find more and better treatments for everyone
- With your help we’ll stop MS