My name is Jan Samson and on 06 August 2016 my husband and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary. To celebrate this occasion and my Granddaughter Robyn’s wedding we held a party at our local social club in Ashford, Kent which was attended by our family and friends. We did not want any gifts from our guests as it was just important for us to have all of our loved ones together so we instead gave our guests the option to make a donation for MS-UK.
MS-UK is a charity close to our heart after Robyn was diagnosed with relapsing remitting MS in January 2014.
In May 2013 Robyn started to get pins and needles in her legs which lasted for nearly a month but the doctors could not find anything wrong with her. After 3 more attacks of pins and needles and the loss of the sight in her left eye she was eventually diagnosed with MS at the age of 20.
This news was devastating for all of the family and in particular for her husband Tom but Robyn and Tom have both remained extremely positive ever since the diagnosis. After spending over a year on interferon injections to help with the symptoms Robyn decided to come off of the treatment due to the side effects and she is now the best she has been since her first attack and has now been relapse free since November 2014.
It is important for our family to raise money to give back for all the support Robyn and our family have received over the past 3 years. My Daughter, Son-in-law, Granddaughter, Robyn and Tom have all taken part in the Great North 5K and the Yorkshire 10 Mile to raise money over the past few years and we will all continue to fundraise for this fantastic cause. We are over the moon the be able to donate £630 to MS-UK thanks to everyone’s generosity who attended our party which exceeded all of our expectations.