My name is Allen Ball and I got involved with MS-UK because my mum was affected by MS before she sadly passed away. I also wanted to help a local charity, helping people in my community. I initially ran the London Marathon in 2017 for MS-UK, and since then I have continued helping in a number of ways - volunteering at larger events like the London Marathon and Asics 10k, as well as smaller ones such as a fund raiser at a local pub.
Over the last couple of months during lockdown I have been trying to raise a little more for MS-UK as I know all charities have taken a hit with their big fundraising events being cancelled. For 2.6 I walked the equivalent of 2.6 times up the Gherkin on a set of steps (which turned out to be harder than a lot of the running I have done). Also, a friend of mine knitted a Myles mascot for me, which I have raffled.
Whenever I have turned up for an event, I have always been made to feel welcome and I now feel like a member of the MS-UK family. We are all a friendly bunch!
Last year I even won a prize for my volunteering, ‘Room To Reward’, which gives me a free hotel stay somewhere in the next few months.
If you are considering volunteering for MS-UK I can really recommend it, and you would be more than welcome.