PEOPLE across the country are being asked to walk, roll or stroll for a new virtual event to raise life-changing funds for multiple sclerosis (MS) research.
The MS Society’s MS Walk LIVE replaces the annual MS Walk in London and Belfast – which, along with new walks scheduled in Bristol, Manchester, Cardiff and North Wales, were cancelled due to COVID-19 – and will take place on Sunday 20 September.
More than 130,000 people live with MS in the UK. It damages nerves in your body and makes it harder to do everyday things, like walk, talk, eat and think.
The virtual fundraiser promises to bring the same special atmosphere as the popular annual events to you, wherever you are. Participants will be able to watch a big virtual welcome, as well as a Zumba warm-up on the MS Society’s Facebook and YouTube channels.
Trishna Bharadia lives with relapsing MS and is an MS Society Ambassador. Trishna, her sister Anisha Gangotra – an Inclusive Dance and Zumba Instructor, and their mum Ila have been hosting the MS Walk London Zumba warm-up for four years. This year, so as not to break tradition, the family will pre-record an accessible warm-up that participants can join in with from home.
“We really look forward to the annual MS Walk in London and love getting everyone ready and raring to go – both physically and mentally! While it’s such a shame we won’t be able to stand on the stage in front of the crowds this year, we’ve created a dance routine which is packed with just as much energy and is guaranteed to warm people up from the comfort of their own homes!
“Living with MS makes you more vulnerable to certain things, but the pandemic has highlighted just how difficult living with the condition can be. Now, more than ever, we cannot forget that people are being diagnosed with MS every day. We want to encourage as many people as possible to join in with MS Walk LIVE so the MS Society can continue to fund research to stop MS.”
Martin Mears, Head of Community and Events at the MS Society, said:
“While we’re bitterly disappointed we’ve had to cancel all our MS Walks this year, we’re so pleased to bring you MS Walk LIVE and can’t wait to see people walking, rolling or strolling all over the UK. More than 130,000 of us live with MS in the UK, and getting involved in MS Walk LIVE will help raise vital funds for life-changing MS research.”
Sign up to this year’s MS Walk LIVE at www.msociety.org.uk/mswalklive and share a photo of your walk using #MSWalkLive to be entered into a prize draw to win a £100 amazon voucher.