A GROUP of Bridlington fund-raisers are going the extra mile for Bridlington’s MS society – by running the Beverley 10k to raise money for the group.
Last summer, Nickey Frankish was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, receiving lots of help and support from the Multiple Sclerosis Bridlington and District branch.
So much so that her husband decided that he would like to give something back to the society and decided to do a sponsored run.
Some of Nickey’s friends then decided that they would get into training and help too.
The team of seven have been working hard throughout the winter training in all weathers to be fit enough for the Beverley 10K challenge which takes place on Sunday, May 13.
The group have called themselves “Nickey’s Ninjas” and are made up of Steve Frankish, Kay Wardle, Denise Cowling, Victoria Exon, Lucy Hodgson, Sophie Cowell and Paula King.
Ian Simpson, treasurer of the Bridlington branch, welcomed the fund-raising efforts.
He said: “We raise money for complimentary therapy sessions every year, as well as for home improvements and wheelchairs and other items.
“We raise funds through cake stalls and coffee mornings, so to have an event like the run is a real boost to our efforts.
“The cost of items keeps increasing because of inflation but the amount we can raise doesn’t go up.
“We also fund a support helpline which gives people access to information and advice from our support officer Yvonne Garton-Burwell.”
Bridlington MS Society is also charity this year for the Promenades Shopping Centre and the branch will hold a cake stall in the centre on May 4, 5 and 6 between 11am and 2pm.
James White, manager at the shopping centre, said: “The Promenades is overjoyed to be working with the local MS branch and its supporters during 2012.
“I have been shocked by the enthusiasm displayed by the members of the committee and its supporters and feel that by coming together we will be able to achieve a lot more.
“Raising awareness and showing people that there is a network, not only people with MS but the wider support network is great and we hope this is only the beginning of good things to come.”
The Bridlington branch provides essential support for people who are diagnosed with MS and their carers, producing a monthly newsletter and meeting once a month.
They rely entirely on donations, and do not receive funding from the central MS society.
As yet there is no cure for the disease which destroys the nerves in the brain and spinal cord, with each person experiencing different symptoms. The disease is not hereditary and can strike anyone from any walk of life.
New members are always welcome as are able bodied helpers.
For more information, or to make a donation, contact the society’s support line on 01262 671676. You can also visit the Bridlington and District branch website, which can be found on the national MS Society website www.mssociety.org.uk