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Meet Karen, November's Fundraiser of the Month

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After seeing lots of adverts for doing a 100-mile walking challenge in October for some charities, I decided that I would like to take part in such a challenge. 

I chose MS-UK because my brother, Matthew, was diagnosed with a progressive form of multiple sclerosis (MS) two years ago, and has now had to stop doing the marathon running and walking he loves. He now has to walk with poles and a leg splint. He is also dealing with many other aspects of the condition that are changing his way of life, and I spoke to him to ask about any help he had received. After diagnosis, MS-UK were able to offer counselling sessions to help him and his family come to terms with his diagnosis and help him cope. Matthew says he can’t speak highly enough of this service and would I fundraise for them. I love walking my dog Merlin, and to have a special reason to do more walking was an easy decision to make. Karen_0.jpg

One hundred miles in 31 days doesn’t sound that much, but if you miss a day, that’s 6.5 miles the next day! I decided to try and 'bank' miles when I could, by doing longer walks so that I didn’t have to play catch up. The weather was really kind to us and thankfully we only got wet once. I completed my 100 miles on the beach at Ryde, Isle of Wight, on 27th October with Merlin and my husband.  Many friends and family joined me on walks which was great. The most special walk was when Matthew asked to join me on one of my walks. We managed three miles along the River Thames at Marlow. He is an inspiration and I am so happy to have supported him and the charity that has helped him so much.