Local MS branch honoured

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Dedicated Ballymoney volunteers were praised at an awards ceremony, held at Hillsborough Castle.

Volunteers from the MS Society Ballymoney Branch attended the special awards ceremony, part of the charity’s 60th Anniversary celebrations, where they were honoured for their role in supporting local people living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

Janette Reid volunteers with the local branch who provide support and information to people who are newly diagnosed as well as organising events and fundraisers. She was presented with a certificate of recognition by Health Minister Edwin Poots MLA and Patricia Gordon, MS Society Director.

Janette said: “MS is an unpredictable condition. It attacks at random and many of the symptoms are invisible to others, which can make people feel isolated and scared. That’s why it’s so important that our branch is here to support everyone”.

4,000 people live with multiple sclerosis in Northern Ireland. Every one of them shares the uncertainty of life with MS. It’s usually diagnosed in your 20s or 30s. MS can get steadily worse, or symptoms can come and go unpredictably throughout your life. For more information on the MS Society Ballymoney Branch call the MS Society Development Team on 028 90 802 802 or or visit www.mssocviety.org.uk/ni