We’re very grateful to our patrons Jackie and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen who appeared on ITV’s Lorraine show this morning, talking about MS Awareness Week. Both Jackie and Laurence’s mothers were diagnosed with MS, so they have a real understanding of the day-to-day reality of the condition.
You can watch their appearance at the ITV Player site here (registration required). The segment on MS Awareness Week begins 11 minutes into the show (8:44 on-screen time).
Jackie and Laurence highlighted the work of MS nurses, which is the MS Trust’s focus for MS Awareness Week this year.
The clip concludes with this exchange:
Jackie: “The statistics are that we have a need for 350 specialist nurses in the country. We currently only have 250, so the pressure on those individuals is enormous. The MS Trust, which we’re patrons of, specifically works to educate and support these specialist nurses. Because their jobs are under threats with NHS cuts and they need to be able to substantiate their position and maintain their vital role in the community
Lorraine: Absolutely. They really make all the difference in the world.
Laurence: They do. On a logistical level. Obviously the research needs to continue, but the day-to-day practicalities to help people with MS, and to help their families as well, is critical.
At the MS Trust we believe one of the best ways to support people with MS is to support their specialist nurses. But, as we know, there are still gaps in the existing service. If you have had a problem finding an MS nurse read our blog post about what you can do.