This Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Week (22-28 April), MS Society Scotland were in the Scottish Parliament to raise awareness of the important role research plays in the lives of people affected by MS.
MS affects more than 11,000 people in Scotland and can cause problems with how we walk, move, see, think and feel. However, the MS Society is driving research into more – and better – treatments, as well as helping people with MS through the highs, lows and everything in between.
The charity is committed to funding research into new treatments and a greater understanding of the causes of MS, with £3.5 million currently invested in 10 research projects in Scotland.
Pledging his support for this crucial research being carried out to help stop MS, Renfrewshire South MSP Tom Arthur attended the reception at Holyrood on Tuesday (23 April) evening to hear from some of the leading names in MS research and people living with the condition.
Commenting after the event, he said:
“It was great to join colleagues from across the parliament yesterday evening for the annual MS Society Scotland reception, hosted by George Adam MSP.
“MS Awareness Week represents an opportunity to highlight the reality faced by those with MS and celebrate the positive impact of MS research being conducted across Scotland.
“I will continue to support the MS Society and all the work they do for those in my constituency and across Scotland.”
Morna Simpkins, director of MS Society Scotland added:
“This MS Awareness Week we are highlighting the importance of MS research.
“For more than 11,000 people in Scotland, living with MS is a daily reality. This is why the MS Society is driving cutting-edge research into more – and better treatments to ultimately stop MS.
“By contributing and joining a global group of fundraisers people can help us find new treatments for people living with the often painful and exhausting condition.”
MS is an unpredictable condition that is different for everyone. It affects how a person thinks, feels and moves. For support and information, please contact the MS Society helpline on 0808 800 8000.