Our supporter Becky is raising money for the MS Trust with the sale of her beautiful handmade notebooks.
Becky Wash, from Romford, runs a stationery business making notebooks from recycled books. She was diagnosed with MS in 2009, a year after temporarily losing her sight in one eye and hopes her notebooks will help raise awareness of the condition.
She says, “This is really important to me. When I was diagnosed, I had heard of MS but I didn’t actually know what it was. I was adamant not to ‘Google’ it, so I turned to the MS Trust. They provided me with free leaflets and a newsletter which gave me the help and support I needed, and still need today.
“I was given a large number of old books which were going to be thrown away, and I thought their covers would make beautiful notebooks. I wanted to give something back, so I contacted the MS Trust to see if they would support my fundraising idea. I can't run a marathon, or do a sponsored silence (I talk too much!) but I know how to make a notebook.”
People tell me how positive I am about having MS, so I just wanted to help reassure people and break some of those boundaries
The notebooks are £10 each and come in a variety of bright colours, each containing a different anecdote from Becky’s experience of MS. £5 from the sale of each notebook will be donated to the MS Trust.
Becky added: “I want to raise awareness of MS because some people are afraid to ask what MS is, what it does, can it be cured, etc ... or they make the wrong assumptions about you, and the disease. People tell me how positive I am about having MS, so I just wanted to help reassure people and break some of those boundaries.”
Becky’s notebooks are available to purchase online at www.retrofromscratch.co.uk.
MS in the Media
17 May 2019
- Statin has potential as SPMS drug
- EastEnders MS storyline
My Vespa adventure for the MS Trust
13 May 2019
For his next fundraising adventure, our supporter Nick Jolly will be riding 2,500 miles to Hungary on his Vespa scooter. He tells us about the inspiration behind his challenge.
"When you lose something, it makes you appreciate what you have"
13 May 2019
Danielle MacGillivray stars in our new film, Danielle. Here she tells us about her MS diagnosis, why she wanted to share her story in the film and learning to "appreciate the little things" every single day.