Tesco helps charity

29/4/14- Ravenside Car Park, Bexhill. SUS-140924-175025001
29/4/14- Ravenside Car Park, Bexhill. SUS-140924-175025001

Tesco at Ravenside Leisure Park is hosting a collection and awareness raising event for the Hastings and Rother Branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

It takes place at the store on Saturday January 9 and Sunday 10.

Tesco staff will be running in-house fundraising activities in support of the charity including a tombola, dress down day and bucket collection.

The event will be launched in store on Saturday at 11am by the Mayor of Bexhill Cllr. Maurice Watson and the Chair of Rother District Council Cllr. James Carroll.

Frank Matthews, from the Society, said: “As well as collecting, the aim is to raise the profile of the Society and of MS, which many people do not know that much about.”

The Hastings branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society was started in 1958. Its activities widened to include the Rother area. They have 187 members, 121 of whom have MS.

The Branch is run by an active committee, most of whom have MS. They always welcome any additional help either as volunteers or committee members, particularly from those with skills in fundraising and publicity.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological condition which affects around 100,000 people in the UK.

Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20-40, but it can affect younger and older people too.

Roughly three times as many women have MS as men.

MS is complex, and has many symptoms. Most people won’t experience them all or at the same time.

Symptoms might include fatigue, vision problems and difficulties with walking, but MS is different for everyone.

Options for treating and managing MS include drug treatments, exercise and physiotherapy, diet and alternative therapies.

You can learn more about the local Society at www.mssociety.org.uk.

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