NI biggest multiple sclerosis MS information day is back

Charlotte Shirley, Local Networks Officer for the MS Society in Ballymena.
Charlotte Shirley, Local Networks Officer for the MS Society in Ballymena.

People affected by multiple sclerosis (MS) in Ballymena are being encouraged to attend Living with MS – a free information day run by the MS Society.

The event, which will take place on Saturday, September 12 from 10am – 3pm at Ramada Plaza, Belfast is Northern Ireland’s biggest MS information day with more than 300 people expected to attend.

Local Networks Officer for the MS Society in Ballymena, Charlotte Shirley,

“Our Living with MS event provides an ideal opportunity for people affected by MS in Northern Ireland to hear about the latest research breakthroughs, get symptom management tips and find out what support is available locally.

“We’re very excited that we’ll be joined by Professor Richard Reynolds, Director of the MS Tissue Bank – a world renowned research project which is making significant discoveries in what causes MS, why it progresses and how it may be stopped. There will also be an opportunity for people to ask questions about the latest MS research breakthroughs. Given that Northern Ireland has one of the highest incidences of MS in the world – with around 4500 people affected here – we’re expecting lots of interest in this event and would encourage anyone who is interested in attending to register as soon as possible”.

Other speakers will include local MS campaigners Catherine Doran and Conor Devine who will talk about their experiences of living with MS in Northern Ireland and techniques they have used to effectively manage their condition.

Charlotte added: “Our aim is to bring together top researchers and real people affected by MS to provide help for now and hope for the future. Both Catherine and Conor are living well with MS and we hope that their stories will inspire others who are recently diagnosed or living with the unpredictable effects of MS. And most importantly we hope this will be a fun and enjoyable event for people living with MS, carers, family and friends too with free complementary therapies available, free lunch and an opportunity to share experiences in a relaxed atmosphere”.

There will also be information stalls from local organisations and businesses offering information, support and mobility aids including Disability Action, MS Nurses, Lough Sailability, John Preston Healthcare, Ottobock and much more.

To book your free place you can book online at www.mssociety.org.uk/ni or email nireception@mssociety.org.uk or call 028 90 802 802