Birthday boy Bill raises almost £1,000 for MS

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RAMSEY man Bill Bevan went without presents at his recent 65th birthday – but instead asked friends and family to make donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Society Isle of Man.

This generosity brought in £945 to help a charity close to his heart and one which provides support to those with MS and their families. Bill’s partner, Carolyn Johnston, who has MS, helped him present a cheque to the society at their August coffee morning at Harbour Lights in Ramsey.

‘We are overwhelmed by Bill’s own generosity, and that of his family and friends, and we can’t thank them enough,’ said MS Society representative Suzy Holland.

‘MS is such a disabling condition for so many, that even a humble coffee morning can be a life-line, [and] is one of the ways we try to include and encourage people with MS. It was a great idea to choose our monthly coffee morning to present the cheque.’

MS Society chairman Derek Patience added: ‘The society is hugely blessed and receives many donations, some corporate, others individual, with everything from significant birthdays like Bill’s to corporate dress-down days and raffles, cake sales, the Parish Walk and even parachute jumps.

‘We try to use these funds on the island, assisting members with funding for specialist equipment, such as electric wheelchairs or scooters or modifications to their homes, to make living with a disability easier.’

The MS Society also funds yoga and general exercise classes and contributes towards research.

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