On Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Week (23-29 April) MS Society Scotland 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. But the MS Society is driving research into more – and better – treatments. Kiss Goodbye to MS encourages people to give up their guilty pleasure this May to raise money for research.

Paisleys MSP, George Adam, pledged their support for MS Society Scotland’s Kiss Goodbye to MS campaign.

George said:

“The MS Society is  a charity close to my heart with my wife Stacey suffering from Multiple Sclerosis (MS). There are many families in Scotland that are affected by this condition and I understand how hard it can be living a normal life, there are so many things that we take for granted one of the things being accessibility to restaurants and shops. Although accessibility has improved and is continuing to improve there are still a lot of places which do not have lifts or electric doors, these problems need to be looked into and addressed.

“The MS Society are a voice for those effected by MS and continue to work hard and raise awareness of the illness and the trouble it can cause, it is therefor vital for us to support them with the work and research they do.

Morna Simpkins, Director for MS Society Scotland said:

“On this MS Week we would like to highlight 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 joining a global group of fundraisers and taking part in Kiss Goodbye to MS, your small sacrifice could help us find new treatments for people living with MS and their loved ones.”

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.

Sign up for Kiss Goodbye to MS on the MS Society website at www.mssociety.org.uk/kissgoodbyetoMS