Katie Richardson tells us why she has has got her whole company involved in raising funds this MS Awareness Week.
My mum Julie was only 47 years old when the symptoms of MS started. She worked full time and loved her job as a retail manager, thriving as a full time working mother and wife. She was finally diagnosed 7 years later with primary progressive MS, a form of the disease which affects 10-15% of people diagnosed with MS. It took some time, a lot of uncertainty and lots of testing before the final diagnosis of MS was received.
Over the course of 13 years, my family and I have watched Mum go from an independent working woman, to being entirely reliant on us all. Being completely paralysed down her right side, every day chores which we take for granted such as eating, walking, writing, sleeping, even holding her grandchildren, are now impossible without aid. All of our lives have changed. My dad, James, retired early to become Mum’s full time carer.
MS is a disease that not only affects the person who has it, but it affects the family also. The MS Trust is there to support every person with MS in the UK AND their families by providing information, educational events and publications to people with MS, families, friends and health care professionals who provide support for anyone affected by the disease.
Mum’s MS Nurse Barbara Wingrove of Sunderland Royal Hospital is a lifeline to Mum and our family. The help and support provided at every appointment is vital, and for which we are very grateful.
Getting through times like these can be difficult, yet without the work that the MS Trust carries out daily, it would be so much harder. We are so very grateful for every day’s work and every campaign that the MS Trust does. In order to say ‘thank you’, we want to give a little back and support the MS Trust.
During MS Awareness Week, to raise funds and awareness for MS, we are completing a Virtual Bike Ride from Team Valley in Gateshead to Paris! We will be taking it in turns to cycle on an exercise bike to cover a total of 583 miles.
Our team is from Butterworths Solicitors, a law firm based in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear. Butterworths also have offices in Carlisle, Penrith and Bury, and fundraising is taking place across our offices during MS Awareness Week. I have been with the firm for many years now and our team is very close, supporting each other every day. I am so proud and honoured to be part of the Butterworths Team and that everyone is getting involved in our fundraising event.
Each and every member of the firm is doing their bit and spreading the word. Mark and Karl came up with the idea of a Virtual Bike Ride to Paris, which we all felt was the perfect opportunity to get our whole team involved in raising funds and awareness. I am so grateful to everyone for their ideas and commitment in a bid to help other people with MS and families around the UK.
The Butterworths Team are Katie, Laura, Adele, Jemma, Mark, Karl, Rebekah, John, Nicci, Sean, Vikki, Sarah, Natalie, Jessica, Danielle, Carole, Angela, Joanna, Shannon, Emma, Kay and Chelsea
1 Bike, 1 Team. from Team Valley in Gateshead to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Butterworths are being Bold in Blue!! Please support our campaign, every little helps. Thank you to each and every one of you. Go Team! Visit the Butterworths Solicitors fundraising page
MS Awareness Week runs from 27 April to 3 May and this year we want to highlight the importance of MS specialist services. If you would like to get involved and raise funds to help make sure people with MS can access the best possible care, find out more about our Be Bold in Blue fundraising campaign.