Walking the MS Mile raises vital cash for charity

Patrick Burke with his daughter and physiotherapist on Walk The MS Mile.
Patrick Burke with his daughter and physiotherapist on Walk The MS Mile.
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The Walk The MS Mile has proved a huge success after months of planning.

The event in Berkhamsted on Saturday, September 12, organised by charity the Chilterns MS Centre, has seen participants raise awareness of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and bring in vital funds by walking a mile a day, every day, in September.

Jane Blaney and family on Walk The MS Mile

Jane Blaney and family on Walk The MS Mile

Berkhamsted was the twelfth mile for Linda Oatley and Sarah McCready who have walked and wheeled every mile to date to celebrate 30 years of the charity.

There are 450 people with MS who are members of the centre, able to access support and treatment such as physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, reflexology and more, who range in age, ability and frequency of visits.

One of those is Carolyn Barkin, where the event was an opportunity for her and her family to walk the Berkhamsted High Street, as they do most Saturdays, and raise money for the centre that means so much to them.

Berkhamsted resident Patrick Burke is visibly affected by the condition and walked further than he has since 2008, with his family, friends, neighbours and physiotherapist Louise Wakelam from the centre beside him. He crossed the finishing line to enormous applause and has raised an incredible £1,340.

Sarah McCready with Deputy Mayor and wife on Walk The MS Mile

Sarah McCready with Deputy Mayor and wife on Walk The MS Mile

Jane Blayney, who was supported by her family, feared she wouldn’t be well enough to take part but her daughter Claire said “She did it! My mum was one of the many people with MS who participated in the MS Mile in Berkhamsted today, it was an inspirational morning.”

This flagship event of the 30th anniversary celebrations of the Chilterns MS Centre then continued to Hemel Hempstead where the event was opened by Deputy Mayor of Dacorum, Bob Mclean, and his wife.

Seventeen walkers enjoyed the weather in Gadebridge Park on Sunday, September 13.

It costs £900,000 a year to run the Chilterns MS Centre, which is almost wholly reliant on donations and fundraising initiatives. There is still time for you to support this local charity as it works towards completing the 30 one mile walks. On Saturday, September 26 the walk is in Kings Langley and on September 28 it will be in Tring.