Event to raise awareness of multiple sclerosis

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A multiple sclerosis awareness event will be held on Saturday, June 18, at the Palace Hotel in Douglas.

Beginning at 10am, the day opens with a review of the last 40 years by chairman of the island branch of the MS Society, Derek Patience.

Patricia Gordon, director of the MS Society in Northern Ireland will give an update on MS.

There are talks by three health professionals who specialise in the disease, nurse Heidi Morris, physiotherapist Christine Wright and occupational therapist Ruth Lea.

After lunch (which is from 12.45pm to 2.15pm) Dave Downie, medical technologist at the hyperbaric chamber, will talk about the benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy on the disease.

This is followed by presentations by social worker Victoria Reay and urology professional Karen Trowbridge. Lizzy Main, neurological Pilates instructor, is the final speaker.

Closing remarks are by Mr Patience at 3.45pm.

This is followed by tea/coffee and birthday cake.

‘We held a similar event in 2013 when the MS Society in the UK celebrated its 60th anniversary,’ said Mr Patience. ‘That successful event was well attended and very well received. Attendees will be able to learn about this complex, variable and sometimes baffling, condition. The event is an opportunity for anyone who has an interest in MS to find out the latest information from the experts. The branch has also been very fortunate to have received generous corporate and personal donations over the years, most notably from the Peel Dip which has made a donation every year since 1983.’

To attend (free for those with MS; £10 for others), contact Derek Patience, 3 Cronk Drean, Douglas, IM2 6AY or email derekpatience@hotmail.com. Places are limited, so book early.

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