Two pensioners from Walmer have climbed over London’s O2 arena to remind people of the uphill struggle faced by those living with MS.
Husband and wife Sue, 66, and Les Barrow, 65, of The Shrubbery, were part of a group of seven people including an MS sufferer who took on the 380-metre long challenge last on Thursday.
A second group of six – one of which is a wheelchair user -– took part in the walk on Monday reaching 52-metres at its highest point.
Together they are hoping to raise £2,500 from the Kent MS Therapy Centre in Canterbury.
MS (Multiple Sclerosis) is a condition of the spinal cord which can cause muscle weakness, vision problems, and issues with sensation and coordination. There are many treatment options available for MS sufferers to ease their discomfort but no cure.
Mr and Mrs Barrow’s daughter, Helen Wathen, has been the fundraising manager for the charity based in Merton Lane, Canterbury, for three years. The centre offers multiple benefits including a range of therapies such as acupuncture and hydrotherapy, counselling and social events for its members.
The centre opened in 2015 thanks to fundraising efforts but the first original centre opened in 1984 and has been helping those affected by MS ever since. It is through their daughter that the couple became involved with the centre and wanted to help.
Mrs Barrow said: “Since Helen started working with the charity it opened our eyes to the suffering people with MS have and what they have to go through and now we are doing what we can to help.”
In an additional fundraising effort the family will be holding a clairvoyant evening, open to all, on Friday. It will be from 7pm at the Alma Pub, West Street, Deal. Tickets cost £5 and are available on the door. You can also donate by texting KMST13 with the amount between £1 and £10 to 70070.