Following the recent Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Week at the end of April, Kate Forbes MSP is helping to raise awareness of the important role research plays in the lives of people affected by MS.
MS affects more than 11,000 people in Scotland and can cause problems with how people walk, move, see, think and feel.
But the MS Society – who recently visited the Scottish Parliament to meet with MSPs – is driving research into more – and better – treatments. The charity currently funds 10 research projects in Scotland with the studies receiving over £3.5million over their lifetimes.
Kate Forbes, MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, said: “This is a hugely important issue and that’s why I took part in MS Awareness Week.
“There are many people in my constituency who know the extreme challenges of living with MS.
“I think that most people will be unaware of the reality of life with MS and so MS Awareness Week does play a role in drawing people’s attention to MS and asking us all how we can support people with MS better.”
Morna Simpkins, director of MS Society Scotland added: “For more than 11,000 people in Scotland, living with MS is a daily reality.
“This is why the MS Society is driving cutting-edge research into more – and better treatments to ultimately stop MS.
“By contributing and joining a global group of fundraisers people can help us find new treatments for people living with the often painful and exhausting condition.”