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Calling all MS health professionals: enter or nominate colleagues for the 2015 QuDos in MS awards!

29th July 2015 by Stephen

There are just six weeks left to enter and make your nominations for the first ever QuDos in MS awards – the awards that highlight innovation and excellence in MS services.

We’re looking to celebrate the The QuDos Awards recognising quality in the delivery of MS serviceswork of the MS health professionals that have delivered outstanding, innovative care for people affected by MS. This means MS specialist nurses, allied health professionals (such as physiotherapists and occupational therapists), neurologists and multidisciplinary teams – but also any health professionals that work with or deliver services for people with MS, including GPs, pharmacists and commissioners.

“At the MS Trust we hear tributes every day to the difference MS professionals and teams make to the lives of people living with MS,” says Amy Bowen, our Director of Service Development. “The QuDos awards are a great opportunity for this vital work to be more widely recognised and celebrated.”

The deadline for nominations is 3 September. To see the full list of categories and how to enter visit Winners will be announced at a special ceremony on 7 November at the Beaumont Estate, Windsor.

The QuDos in MS awards are a joint initiative of the MS Trust and pharmaphorum media, and is supported by Biogen, Genzyme and Novartis.

The MS Trust Secret Art Show opens on Monday: read our guide to buying the art you want

3rd July 2015 by Shan Teo

Secret Art Show logoAt 9am on Monday 6 July the MS Trust Secret Art Show will be open for business. Since November 2010 the Secret Art Show has raised over £100,000 to help the 100,000 people living with multiple sclerosis in the UK. We have sold thousands of pieces of art, some from big name artists, some from talented amateurs. This year we thought we would give you some handy tips on how to get your hands on the artwork you want.

The first time we launched the art show online our servers went down due to all the people trying to access the site. We now host the art show on eBay, but it still can get very busy. So follow our buying tips to stand the best chance of getting the art you want!

Right now you can browse the art at our gallery. From 9am on 6 July, you can click on the pictures you like and this will take you through to the item on our eBay shop where you can then buy it for just £45. If you want to buy multiple pictures click on “add to basket” rather than “buy now”, and then go to checkout when you have finished.

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But beware: if you add a picture to your basket and then browse more before buying, there’s no guarantee that your choice will still be available when you make payment. To make sure of getting the picture you want it’s advisable to choose the “buy now” option.

You don’t need to have an eBay account to make your purchase – simply choose the “continue as guest” option after you click the “buy it now” button. However, you will need a credit/debit card or Paypal account to make your purchase.

Standard postage is £3.95 per individual picture. However, if you buy multiple pictures you only pay postage on your first item. So even if you decide to buy 10 pictures, you will only pay £3.95 postage for the lot of them.

So ready, set, go! We hope you get the artwork that you like! If you get stuck or encounter any problems give us a call on 01462 476700.

MS Trust Secret Art Show 2015 opens for viewing

29th June 2015 by Stephen

Secret Art Show logoFancy your eye for a masterpiece? Think you know a bargain when you see one? Then the MS Trust Secret Art Show is tailor-made for you.

Today over 250 artworks from over 170 artists go on display in our gallery. All are 12cm x 12cm and all will be available to buy from 6 July for just £45. All are displayed anonymously, but they include contributions from:

The identity of the artists of each artwork will only be revealed when the work is purchased. So this is a fantastic opportunity to sniff out a painting that could be worth much, much more and to support the work of the MS Trust.

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The Secret Art Show is now in its sixth year. It was founded by MS Trust co-founder Jill Holt in 2010 as a gallery show in York. It proved so popular that in 2011 we started to run it as an online show so that even more artists and buyers could take part. In this time you have helped us raise almost £100,000. That’s enough for us to train 50 new MS nurses, who will make a vital difference to the lives of hundreds of thousands of people living with MS.

Many of the contributing artists have an MS connection, including Brian Palmer whose son has MS.  “At the time that my son was diagnosed, there was no successful treatment and little hope. Now there are both. I can’t think of a better cause to support than the MS Trust.”

Artwork can be viewed all this week and will be available for sale on Monday 6 July. So have a good browse through the hundreds of amazing images and get ready to snap up a potential bargain at 9am on 6 July!

Running for answers: why I’m running 10K for MS Trust

26th June 2015 by laura.percival

With only one week left to register for the British 10K London Run which takes place on 12 July, Helena from our web team tells us why she feels inspired to run this year and how she is fitting in her training around family life.

Helena and her two children

Do you love running? I’ve noticed a lot of my friends lately have been taking up running, some of them even training for marathons. Now I have never been what you call athletic, to be completely honest with you I couldn’t run for toffee until a few years ago! What changed? Well I was inspired by all the great people I would see taking part in runs for the MS Trust and I thought, maybe, I could do something too. But what?

From couch to 5K

Someone in the office suggested I could do the 5K London Super Hero Run. I was scared at first – even though I walk a lot (I don’t have a car), I was never able to do any running. A friend of mine then told me that she was the same, until she started using the ‘Couch to 5K’ app on her telephone. It is a programme that starts you off with a mixture of walking and then running gradually, until you run more and walk less, and the goal is that you can then run the whole 5K. So I gave it a try and it was hard at first, but it got easier. So I signed up for the Super Hero Run. And then I did that run for 2 more years.

This year I have signed up for the British 10K London Run. I decided to do so as I really wanted to take part in this great event. I have been working at the MS Trust since 2007 and I’ve seen lots of inspiring people take part. But also I want to raise money to support the important work our Information Team does.

My MS experience

This summer it will be exactly 9 years since I had my first ever MS relapse. Going through diagnosis, and more confusing and painful relapses, left me feeling quite alone in the world. Whilst waiting to be contacted by an MS nurse (there was a long waiting time between diagnosis and seeing a nurse) I reached out to the MS Trust and I found answers to a lot of the questions I had. Mostly it calmed me down a little and it made me realise that life was not different from yesterday even though I now had this MS label slapped on me.

A few months later I found myself working for the MS Trust as a part of their Web Team. One of the first things I did when I started was set up a Facebook group. This group now has well over 6000 members and is very active. Every day when I come in to work I search through the group and make sure we try to answer any questions people have about MS that we can help with. I have been there myself and I know how important peer support is, but also to have the MS Trust Information Team there helping out is fantastic. So this is my reason for wanting to run the 10K.

Training with a one-year-old

I am doing the race together with my good friend Gayle. We both have very active one-year-olds and find ourselves mostly training by running around after our kids. In fact I was asked to let people know how I find the time to train these days. I tried to explain it in the video below.

There is one week left to sign up for the British 10K London Run and run with me and the other fantastic MS Trust supporters, sign up today!

Visit Helena & Gayle’s online fundraising page

I have MS therefore I am: on MS, philosophy and finding hope

24th June 2015 by Stephen

Eve Darwood is a philosophy teacher at a secondary school in Lincolnshire. Last year she was diagnosed with MS. In this blog post she explains how her job, helping young people make sense of the world, has affected how she makes sense of MS (and vice versa)

philosophy-v2“Why do we suffer? What is truth? Are our lives predestined by fate, or God, or do we have the power of self-determination? What does it mean to be a person? What is a miracle?”

All of these are questions currently pinned onto the wall in my classroom, awaiting discussion by potential sixth-form philosophy students.

All of them are questions that I have discussed with students past and present, both before and since discovering that I have MS; both before and since telling students that I have MS.

Lots of facets of my life have shifted since my diagnosis, but the core elements of these discussions have not changed – teenagers remain reassuringly constant in their responses. Nowadays, now my students know, I will hear an occasional, “I mean, no offence Miss, but…” before a student continues on their trajectory, only momentarily fazed by social convention and the brief realisation of the relevance of the comment to my own personal situation.

My body is not me

All in all, my students have subscribed to the idea, once attributed to CS Lewis, that, “You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.” My body is not me, and my students see past this unreliable and sometimes unfit-for-purpose exterior, and realise that I am still me – I am my soul, whatever they might take that to mean.

My MS has also given students pause for thought when considering the question of personhood – one young man was adamant that to be a person, one had to be in control of their physical body. With no words, and just a subtle raise of an eyebrow, I watched him slowly consider the full force of this strongly held notion, and saw the workings of his internal dialogue alter. As the rest of the class looked on, he announced, “Actually, that can’t be right can it? Otherwise, I am saying that if you can’t move, like when your legs stopped working, that you aren’t a person. That isn’t what I think.”

Telling people I have MS

I had been nervous about telling students that I have MS. I did not want to influence their thinking, did not want to introduce any element of bias into our discussions. I have always welcomed candour and openness, and I shied away from anything that could invite censorship or politeness for its own sake.

But I realised quickly that was the wrong approach. Everyone who has ever shared a classroom with a teacher, student, class, has been influenced by their story, their personality, their mood. We are not robotic machines, programmed to deliver the curriculum, the whole curriculum and nothing but the curriculum. Our students are changed because of knowing us, and for me to teach sitting in a wheelchair, or sporting a flowery walking stick, could actually be a positive influence for those students, a testament to the fact that being unable to do “something” is not the same as being unable to do “anything”.

Finding the light

Perhaps the most uncomfortable (in the early stages at least) questions to address are those around suffering, and why “bad” things happen to people. Discussions that address the possibility of karma, or retribution, can falter if not carefully handled. St Augustine of Hippo suggested, in response to the question of suffering, that evil did in fact not exist, it is simply an absence of good, comparing it to darkness as an absence of light. This concept sits alongside my favourite quote: “It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness”. So I have come to consider the “darkness” of MS as something that can be countered by light: the light of action, of positivity, of determination, of seeing the good and focusing on that. Suffering is not a thing, it is a space waiting to be filled, a darkness waiting to be illuminated.

Picture of candleThe painting of a candle in my classroom, a gift from a student inspired by that very quote, illustrates this beautifully, as does the inscription on a silver bangle, another gift from a whole Philosophy class, which encourages me on a daily basis to “Find hope in the darkest days”.

bangleTrying to teach students the answers, when I do not see the answers myself, was never going to be easy, with or without MS. So I teach them to see questions as an invitation to find their own answers, and when faced with the darkness of uncertainty, as we all are sometimes, to follow this mantra: “When you can’t see the light, be the light.”

You can read more from Eve at her blog:

For more on dealing with MS diagnosis see Making Sense of MS

And for more on mindfulness, a technique of focusing on the present moment, see the entry in our A-Z of MS.

Jamie’s Tough Mudder challenge

18th June 2015 by laura.percival


Jamie Wilson was diagnosed with MS only last month, but it has encouraged him to take on a challenge which involves getting very wet and muddy! On Saturday 20 June Jamie will face the Tough Mudder Scotland and here he tells us why.

I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis on Monday 18 May 2015 following a series of tests over the course of a year, which started when I lost the hearing in my left ear! This has made me want to push myself and do my bit for a charity supporting those who have MS and who might be in a worse condition that myself.

I will be competing in a 13 mile assault course known as “Tough Mudder” at Drumlanrig Castle in Thornhill. For anyone who doesn’t know what the Tough Mudder is, here is what the event organisers say:

“Drumlanrig is a fairytale castle set in 80,000 acres of the most majestic, scenic Scottish countryside you’ll ever see. Sound nice? Well you can forget “nice” because Tough Mudder is turning the fairytale into your worst nightmare. Lung busting hills, ice cold lochs and strength sapping mud combine to make the home of the Braveheart legend a brutal test for the most seasoned Legionnaire and a baptism of fire for first time Mudders. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.”

As well as raising sponsorship, I have been selling wee pin badges and giving out leaflets to try and raise some general awareness of the MS Trust.

The picture shows me taking part in a practice run that we did for a local charity.

Jamie has already raised over £1,000 to help us support people with MS but if you would like to help him raise even more you can donate on his Justgiving page or you can text JWMS99 £5 to 70070 to donate £5.

Medicinal cannabis, Sativex and treatments for spasticity in MS

17th June 2015 by Stephen


cannabis-v2Earlier this week our Director of Service Development, Amy Bowen, was asked by a national paper to comment on the issue of medicinal cannabis in MS, and in particular Sativex, a drug used to treat muscle spasticity. When published, Amy’s interview was edited down to a couple of lines in a larger article. Here she explores some of the difficult issues around cannabis use in MS in more depth

Muscle spasticity is muscle stiffness or spasms. If you experience spasticity, your limbs might feel stiff, heavy or difficult to move. Another way of understanding spasticity is having too much tone in your muscles. They put up needless resistance when you try and move them, rather than being flexible. As I write these words, I am acutely aware that they probably don’t really scratch the surface of how difficult it can be to cope with spasticity. Limbs that won’t cooperate can make lots of daily activities a big chore. Muscle spasticity can also be very  painful and, confusingly, limbs can feel both tight and weak at the same time. We have a video which explains this really well.

How spasticity can be treated

There are drugs to treat spasticity, and these are relatively easy to access. Many MS nurses can prescribe them, as can GPs, neurologists or rehabilitation physicians. They are not without side-effects though, and if you have taken any of these medications, you might have experienced effects like drowsiness or dizziness. You might have found the side-effects outweighed any benefit you got from the drug or they may have been an acceptable price to pay for better control of your spasticity.

Drugs are not the whole answer for dealing with spasticity and there are many other ways that you can get more control. Physiotherapists who specialise in neurology are particularly helpful in improving how you cope with and manage your spasticity and can help with identifying what triggers your spasticity and how to avoid these triggers where possible.

Where does medicinal cannabis fit into treating spasticity?

But what does all this have to do with cannabis? If your spasticity is more severe and the drugs that are usually used as the first choice for treatment don’t control your symptoms or if the side-effects cause too many problems, there is another alternative, at least in theory. Sativex is a cannabis-based drug which can only be prescribed by a specialist doctor when other treatments for spasticity have been tried. It is not widely available and indeed NICE has not recommended that it is made available on the NHS in England because they consider that it is not cost effective. It is also not available in Scotland. It is available in Wales, however.

Over the years, some people with MS have opted to treat symptoms such as muscle spasticity by illegal use of cannabis. Sativex, as a cannabis based drug, was viewed by many as being a legal alternative which could deliver a similar benefit in improving spasticity. In reality, the drug is not used as a first choice for treating spasticity, not everyone benefits from the drug and no drug on its own will fully resolve problems with spasticity. Support from therapists such as physios and developing good strategies for managing your triggers will always be a key part of getting your spasticity as well controlled as possible.

Where we stand

The plain fact is that cannabis is an illegal drug. We don’t encourage or condone the use of an illegal drug but we recognise that it’s a personal choice, like all our health and lifestyle choices. We know that limited access to Sativex may influence some people with MS to source cannabis in other ways and this is what troubles us most. Given that it’s possible to know within a relatively short time (about a month) whether someone will benefit from Sativex, and given that it will only ever be suitable for people whose spasticity is not controlled with the first choice drugs, we feel that its reasonable that, for this small number of people, Sativex is available as an option on the NHS. That way it can be appropriately and safely used. It might also help reduce illegal use of cannabis with all the risks involved.

If you are struggling with muscle spasticity, we strongly encourage you to seek support from your MS team. This could be your MS nurse, physiotherapist, occupational therapist or your neurologist. They can help look at your spasticity in terms of your MS overall and the other symptoms you might be experiencing. Spasticity is a difficult problem and the answer lies in using a range of strategies, which might include having a drug prescribed. Most importantly, we hope you don’t struggle on alone. Seek information and support from sources like the   MS Trust, and contact your MS team for help.

Why I absolutely love volunteering for the MS Trust!

4th June 2015 by Stephen

Liz Thompson was diagnosed with MS in 2009. While looking for information to help her make sense of her condition, she discovered the MS Trust website. She very soon became one of our most passionate supporters (and as result has developed a new career as a cake baker!). One of the ways she supports the work of the MS Trust is by volunteering every year at her local Cards For Good Causes shop. We asked her what motivates her to volunteer, and what she gets out of working in the shop.

Liz ThompsonI think I’ve been volunteering for the MS Trust in a Card for Good Causes shop for five years now. I think it was 2010 when I first started. I love it, absolutely love it.

For me now, spending some time volunteering in the shop, it’s part of my build up to Christmas. It’s the thing that makes me feel that Christmas is coming! Like many people with MS, I don’t go out shopping that often because I can find it really disorientating. Particularly when it’s busy at Christmas: it’s just too much. So to have the experience of being in the card shop, that’s my Christmas experience of shopping. It’s just lovely.

In the shop I work in, I’m serving at the till. The way that we work, there’s two of us there. You’re  partnered up with someone you may or may not know, which is nice. And between us we work the till and serve the customers. There are seats there, so we generally do two to three stints and you can sit down if you want. There’s some tidying up to do, depending on how mobile you are.

What have gained from volunteering at the shop? I can think of a few things…

Since I first started doing some fundraising for the MS Trust, I love getting involved in fundraising or supporting, because I think it’s just really rewarding. And knowing that you’re doing it for some benefit – it makes you feel good.

It’s also great to feel involved in the community. Most of these shops are really a central part of the local community, so you get to see a lot of people coming in. They can be people you get chatting to that you didn’t know or people that you do know and haven’t seen for a while, which is lovely. It’s really sociable.

And also, of course, meeting people who you’re working with as well. There are people I’ve worked with and kept in touch with, and who, subsequently, come to the annual fundraising fete that I hold for the MS Trust.

The other thing, which is particularly relevant to me, is that with my MS, I found I wasn’t going out very much, because it’s very difficult to go out on my own. So I was finding I was only going out with my husband, which can be quite isolating when he’s at work. And the shop felt like a very safe place to go. You can park outside and you don’t have to do any walking round or standing, but you still get the social aspect of meeting and talking to people.

What would I say to someone who was considering volunteering?  I’d say definitely go for it! If you’re thinking “I’m not quite sure about it,” well then ask the shop manager for just one shift. Then once you’ve tried it, it may be that either you could volunteer for some more sessions later in the same season, or it might give you the experience to have more confidence and more motivation to do it the next year. I would definitely recommend volunteering to everyone. Everybody who volunteers at our shop, they’ve all got their own reasons for doing it, and they all  enjoy it too. There’s a lot of people who’ve been doing it for years and years. And I certainly intend to be doing it in several years as well. It’s great.

This year we have Cards For Good Causes shops in over 300 locations across the UK. If you’d like to join Liz and help support our work, find out more on our volunteering page.

Why diagnosing MS isn’t always quick or straightforward

27th May 2015 by helena.jidborg

The media has highlighted the results of a survey published today by the MS Society about being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The survey raises issues about the challenges of being diagnosed with MS and the delays and mis-diagnoses that some people experience. It reflects many of the themes that came out in the MS Trust’s recent research into the experience of being diagnosed with MS.

Be prepared!
For anyone concerned that they have symptoms that could be MS, your GP will usually be the first health professional you see. It is important to be as clear as possible about what has happened, your concerns and what you hope will happen next. Even if your GP wants a short period to ‘watch and wait’ you can agree a reasonable time for a follow-up appointment and that, if things haven’t changed, you would then like a referral to a neurologist. This shortens the wait and will help move things forward. It can help to keep a symptom diary so that you and your doctor can see what’s been happening with your symptoms while you are watching and waiting.

Diagnosing MS isn’t always straightforward
No diagnosis of a long-term condition is an easy experience and MS certainly poses particular challenges. What matters most is getting to the right health professional who can guide and advise you and getting reliable information to help you on your way.

Symptoms of MS are variable from one person to another and are also often symptoms of other conditions. This means that telling the difference between the possible diagnoses is critical. A GP can’t make a diagnosis of MS themselves as specialist tests will be needed. However, GPs will understandably be keen to make sure that their patients are referred to the right specialist doctor. This means that they may want to try and rule out some other possible explanations for symptoms before referring to a neurologist so may ask for blood or other tests first.

That isn’t a reason for a GP to be too cautious and take a very long ‘watch and wait’ approach. A GP is likely to only have a few people with MS on their books and so may not be aware that there are more treatment options for MS now or feel a sense of urgency to have a neurologist’s opinion.

Get good information
Every day the MS Trust info team receive calls and emails from people who have symptoms that they are concerned about. Although we can’t diagnose MS, talking through your symptoms and discussing how to move forward can help you continue to feel in control of your health and your life, even when things are uncertain. Someone who contacted the MS Trust info team recently wrote to us afterwards to say:

“I just wanted to say a quick thank you, you really went out of your way to help me whilst I was waiting for my diagnosis… You made me feel much better when I was feeling a bit lost. Thanks a lot. It made a real difference. I just wanted to recognise that you understood my anxiety and went the extra mile out of kindness – and that meant more than anything.”

We have six information officers who together have over 50 years of experience in providing MS information and have spoken to thousands of people with MS or who are worried that they might have MS. They can help by providing reliable information, assisting you to develop a way forward and listening to your concerns. The Information Team can also suggest which of our publications or online content might help you.

Looking forward
If it does turn out that you are diagnosed with MS, then getting good information and getting in contact with an MS specialist nurse are vital. This will help you get started on your journey of understanding MS and taking charge of your health and your life. Our Making Sense of MS  resources are a great place to start learning about MS and the MS Trust can also help signpost you to your nearest MS team. We believe that getting MS specialist support is crucial to make sure you can make the choices about managing your condition that are right for you.

You can join our Heart of MS Care campaign to make sure that everyone with MS has access to MS specialists – neurologists, MS nurses and allied health professionals like physiotherapists and occupational therapists – and get the best possible care.

Amy Bowen, Director of Service Development at the MS Trust

My Big (out of the) Blue Jump

22nd May 2015 by laura.percival

MS Trust Fundraising Officer Jess Wright tells us about the Big Blue Jump which took place during MS Awareness Week and her own impromptu parachute jump.

The morning of Saturday 2nd May was an early one. We were heading down to Chiltern Park Aerodrome in Oxfordshire to meet all our supporters taking part in the Big Blue Jump, the MS Trust’s parachuting day to mark the end of MS Awareness Week 2015. I was slightly nervous as the clouds formed, knowing we had people travelling from across the country (and two families taking a ferry from the Isle of Wight) to take part in the event. We had our fingers crossed that the weather, the skydive event planner’s biggest opponent, wouldn’t ruin this day. Little did I know this was the least of my worries for the day ahead…

Eddie Murphy and Ben Clarke

The clouds clear

It was really great to meet all 11 participants and their families and friends who had travelled miles to support them on the day. As the clouds were clearing, the first two MS Trust skydivers were up in a plane ready to go. Eddie Murphy (in his pink onesie) and Ben Clarke floated to the ground with smiles from ear to ear.

Next up was David Optholt, who bravely jumped and landed safely back on the ground, then Paul Drake stepped up to the mark and took the leap of faith. Paul had previously suggested I should take part – I’d quickly changed the subject!

Later in the day it was Donna James and Anthony Morris’ turn to go up in a plane, along with Aurore Palomba and Ksenia Goryainova. They faced their fears together and completed their tandem skydives.

It was so great to see everyone in the group get through the nerves and the anticipation, fly up to 10,000 feet and jump out of a plane. You could ask yourself, why go through it all? It was clear that each of the participants wanted to take part because MS had affected their lives in one way or another and they wanted to make a difference.

No place to hide

You are probably wondering how I got to be part of this day, other than happily cheering our skydivers back to the airfield from the side lines. The suggestion was made for me to take part not just in a conversation with Paul, but on a loud speaker (thanks to Emma and Martin from the London Parachute School) followed by cheers and agreements from the MS Trust crowd! There was no place to hide! Having seen the others complete their skydives and face their fears, frankly there was no real excuse for me not to take part.

Next thing I know, I am whisked off to complete my skydive training, there is no going back now! I was lucky enough to join MS Trust supporters Alyson, Jeanette and Jennifer in the plane.

Alyson, Jess, Emma, Jeanette and Jennifer

Bit of a blur

Lots of people have asked me what it was like. To be honest it was a bit of a blur. When Paul (my tandem instructor) and I hung out of the plane doors it was really scary, but there was no time to be scared as the next thing I knew we were freefalling really, really, really fast into the clouds over the Oxfordshire countryside. This was simply exhilarating. I screamed… a lot (sorry Paul).

When the parachute was deployed the fast, noisy, rush quickly changed to silence. This just demonstrated how high up we were, miles away from any noise from the ground (except for the giggles from Paul at HOW MUCH I screamed). The view was amazing, something that cannot be compared to any HD screen, and stretched for miles and miles. The only thing in front of your view is your feet dangling over it all as you look down. This was the time I could take in everything around me and what I will remember the most – gliding and spinning back to the ground with one big (blue) bump! As the last skydiver of the Big Blue Jump the grin on my face must have mirrored everyone else’s I had already seen that day.

A day I will never forget

I am so glad I got to meet all the wonderful people who joined us for the Big Blue Jump on 2 May 2015 and made the day one I will never, ever forget.

If you are thinking of taking part in a skydive, DO IT! I hate flying and, if anything, I think it helped me to feel better for the next time I travel by plane. It is an such an incredible feeling which is only made better knowing that the money you raise from doing it will help those living with MS today!

I would like to say an extra thank you to Nigel Synnott and Brian Charlesworth, who unfortunately couldn’t take part but came to support on the day!

Visit Jess’s fundraising page on Virgin Money Giving

Find out how you can book your own skydive