This week, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Week (22-28 April), Neil Findlay MSP met with MS Society Scotland who were in the Scottish Parliament 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 we walk, move, see, think and feel. However, the MS Society is driving research into more – and better – treatments.
The charity currently funds 10 research projects in Scotland with the studies receiving over £3.56million over their lifetimes.
MSPs from across the country attended a reception at Holyrood to hear from some of the leading names in MS research and people living with the condition.
MSP for the Lothian Region, Neil Findlay, pledged his support for the crucial research being done in Scotland to stop MS.
Neil Findlay MSP said:
“MS Awareness Week is an important reminder of the work of organisations like MS Society who are working towards improving the lives of those living with the condition.
“However much more needs to be done at a governmental level to help those living with MS. The NHS needs investment more than ever so that more resources can be allocated to help MS patients.
“I know how life-altering this condition can be and I will always fight for better treatment and care.
Morna Simpkins, director of MS Society Scotland said: “This MS Awareness Week we are highlighting the importance of MS research.
“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.”
MS is an unpredictable condition that is different for everyone. It affects how a person thinks, feels and moves. For support and information, please contact the helpline on 0808 800 8000.