A pair of cyclists biked along a 30-mile stretch of canal ways in London to raise money for a support group based at the DGH.
Jon Chapman and his brother-in-law Stephen Grosz took up the challenge as one of ten events being held to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the multiple sclerosis (MS) exercise group – raising more than £600 in the process.
MS is a neurological condition which affects around 100,000 people in the UK and, although physiotherapy cannot cure the main symptoms, if does allow sufferers to learn new techniques on how to deal with the illness, which can lead to tiredness, vision problems and difficulties with walking
Back in 2002 Debbie Soave and Ian Westgate decided to form an exercise group for local sufferers and a decade later it is still going strong and both have been delighted with the support the group continues to receive from people like Jon and Stephen.
Speaking after the duo’s cycle challenge, rehabilitation physiotherapist Debbie said, “Our MS exercise group meets weekly at the hospital and we have health professionals available to offer support and assist patients exercise to help them compensate for the physical changes brought about by MS.
“This is just one of ten events this year to raise money to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the group which was set up by Ian Westgate and myself with Millennium Grant money and has been subsidised by the Eastbourne and Wealden MS Society branch, for which we are very grateful.”
And Ian added, “The group has gone from strength to strength with the support from Debbie and her team. My intention was to set up a weekly exercise group for people with MS where they can use the specialised equipment and facilities suitable for their needs.
“I am really proud we are celebrating our 10th birthday.”
To sponsor Jon and Stephen visit www.justgiving.com/Jane-Chapman4.