Orkney’s MSP pledges to fight MS during MS Awareness Week

Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur pledged his support for the crucial research being done in Scotland to stop MS.

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. But the MS Society is driving research into more, and better, treatments.  The charity currently funds 10 research projects in Scotland with the studies receiving over £3.56million over their lifetimes.

MSPs from across the country attended a reception at Holyrood to hear from some of the leading names in MS research and people living with the condition.

Mr McArthur, who attended the MS Society Scotland reception in parliament yesterday evening and will take part in a debate marking MS Awareness Week today said:

“Orkney has the highest incidence of MS anywhere in the world. No-one knows why, and no-one has yet found a cure.

“However, it is exciting to see the world-leading research taking place in Scotland looking into treatments that can help people manage their condition. In time, hopefully this will lead to a cure.”

“Providing opportunities for those in the MS community in Orkney to get together, share experiences and enjoy companionship, is extremely important.  That is why it is so good to see how active the MS Society Orkney and others involved in the local partnership have been, not only during MS Awareness Week but all year round.

“Last week I attend a watercolour painting class, organised for those with MS and their families. It was a wonderful experience, showing how therapeutic art can be and giving all involved a real sense of achievement.

“There is not yet a cure for MS, which affects each person differently.  However, there are things that can be done to make life better for those affected. The last few days have shown the strong appetite in Orkney to get on and do more”.

Morna Simpkins, director of MS Society Scotland said:

“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 helpline on 0808 800 8000.

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