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Volunteers Week 2021 - Sally-Ann's story

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This week, it's Volunteers Week! It's a chance to honour and celebrate all of out wonderful volunteers across MS-UK, from our fundraisers to our Community Champions, our Board of Trustees and the Virtual Insights Panel (VIP). Everyone at MS-UK appreciates all of the hard work that you do, and we couldn't offer the services we provide without your help to further help the MS community. Sally-Ann is one of our Community Champions and this is her story.  

Hi, I’m Sally-Ann and I’ve only recently started to volunteer for MS-UK and straight away felt so welcomed to what I felt like was an extended family.

I myself have had MS for 9 years now and am extremely lucky that I’m still able to work full time and lead a pretty normal life with a few limitations.  My late mother also had MS and so when I got my diagnosis it was not something new to me.  My mother was primary progressive, confined to a wheelchair and my father her full time career. 

I know how awful this disease can be and how things can change overnight. Since my diagnosis it changed my life, and I’ve tried to do something to raise money for charity every year. This means I’ve walked 26 miles, climbed Snowdonia (twice), 100 miles in a month and various other things.
I’ve always wanted to raise awareness for MS and share my story to help others affected by MS.

When I saw the advert for a Community Champion I thought I could do that. I’d be able to get the name out there and get people thinking, raising the awareness and then raise money at the same time.  Ticks all the boxes of what I what to achieve.
From day one MS-UK have welcomed me with open arms and I really feel like they are an extended family, and because of this it makes me want to do more for them.  I want to think of other ways to raise money and awareness.
I get so much from knowing every little penny I raise helps them so much and they are so thankful, and I know this as they will ring and tell me.

So I know everything I do means so much to them, and therefore it means so much more to me. Thank you MS-UK!