MS Warriors raise over £7,000

Our intrepid MS Warriors paid us a visit last week to hand over a cheque for over £7,000 – money they raised this summer by throwing themselves out of a plane in a skydive.

Many of  the sky divers who took part in support of Southmead’s BraMS (The Bristol and Avon Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Centre) suffer with MS themselves and wanted to raise money to thank the staff for the amazing care they receive.  They were joined by friends and family on their epic jump.

“Being diagnosed with MS was the lowest point in my life – I didn’t know what my future would hold.” Explains Emma Cooke, one of the skydivers. “But the staff at BrAMS have listened and knew what treatment would keep my symptoms at bay.

“Now 6 years after my diagnosis I’m still on top with a smile on my face.

“I thank with every bone in my body all of the neurologists, MS doctors, physiotherapists and specialist nurses who have helped turn my life around.  With the other skydiving Warriors I want to raise as much money as I can to help others get the same support that I’ve received.”

BrAMS, based at Southmead Hospital, treats over 2,000 MS patients a year. The Centre combines leading clinical services with cutting edge research. It is recognised as a centre of excellence, bringing together world-class neuroscientists to advance research, clinical care and treatments for this life-changing disease. 

Dr David Cottrell of the Centre said: “The MS Warriors have raised an amazing amount of money and we’re very grateful.  Contributions like this from the MS Warriors make a huge difference to services like ours, especially in the current difficult financial times.  We hope to put this money towards physio classes, gym sessions and hydrotherapy treatment for our MS patients.”

You can find out more about BrAMs here

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