"I feel like I want to give something back, while also raising awareness of MS and the work of the MS Trust,” says Liz. “My patients, and the many other people with MS, have inspired me in so many ways. Most people with MS and their families face many challenges on a daily basis and often remind me how much we take for granted each day.”
Liz currently supports over 700 people living with MS in the Bradford area on her own. She told us, “Getting a new MS nurse will make such a difference to people with MS in Bradford. We will be able to offer a much more responsive service and increase the number of people we can see in our clinics.”
Bradford is one of the first locations to benefit from the MS Trust’s nurse funding programme, which is working with the NHS to bring new MS nurses to areas that desperately need them. These nurses are vital to people with MS, helping them deal with diagnosis, adjust to life with an incurable, sometimes debilitating disease and make difficult treatment choices. Without an MS nurse people with MS can be left to deal with this unpredictable disease alone, and may have to rely on expensive emergency care for their treatment.
“I admit I am apprehensive about the skydive,” says Liz. “My friends and family still can’t believe I am doing it! But compared to the challenges faced by people with MS every single day, it’s not such a big deal. After watching Paralympians who have MS like Stephanie Millward and Kadeena Cox at the Paralympics in Rio last year, I decided to challenge myself to face my fear of flying. A skydive seems like the perfect way to do that.”
Kat and Sophie (pictured left & right) will also be taking part in a jump, along with members of Preeti’s family (pictured front) and other MS Trust supporters at the Big Blue Jump at Black Knights Airfield in Lancashire.
If you would like to support the MS Trust by taking on a sponsored skydive, visit www.mstrust.org.uk/jump