Hi there peoples.
I was diagnosed with RRMS in 2010 following 9 looong months of tests. During my probable and eventual diagnosis I was really well cared for by Bristol and Avon Multiple Sclerosis Centre (BrAMS). They have been such a huge support to me that I wanted to say thank you and in 2011 I organised a sponsored walk around Portishead followed by a raffle and a BBQ. On the day we had the most torrential rain from morning until night but that did not stop 130 people turning up to walk the 4.5 mile route around Portishead. During this walk, my poor mother fell over and broke her hip which subsequently needed replacing. Whilst it was a memorable day for some very wrong reasons, it was also a very memorable day because we managed to raise an amazing £10k for the centre. At the time, I vowed I would never do it again, however, 4 years have now passed and I have decided to organise one final walk. The walk will be on Sunday 19th July around Portishead. For those not familiar with Portishead, it is a small town on the outskirts of Bristol. It is very scenic and the route we will go on will take us around the lake and around the marina. It is a mostly flat walk and there are going to be a number of short cuts if you cannot make the whole 4.5 miles. I only started organising this event about 3 weeks ago and we already have around 70-80 walkers. We also have some very nice raffle prizes coming in, including family days out (including Monkey World, Noahs Ark, body shop items,cinema tickets, booze, jewellery and much more. There will be a BBQ, cake stall and possibly face painting. Fancy dress is optional. I am hoping to make this day as successful if not moreso than the last one, so I am looking for people to take part. If the weather is good, Portishead will be buzzing. Last time we even had cars stopping to put money in our buckets as we walked along.
Bristol and Avon Multiple Sclerosis Centre not only look after 4000+ people in Bristol and the surrounding areas, but they also carry out clinical trials to help try to find new treatments for ALL MS sufferers.
If you are not doing anything on Sunday 19 July and live locally (or not), and want to take part or even come along on the day, please get in touch. It will be lovely to meet you.