Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis held a reception at the House of Commons last Tuesday (15/10) to raise awareness about the work of the charity and to launch a new campaign video :
Linda gave an inspiring speech about her personal MS story and the creation of the charity, and was accompanied by her husband Tony Bloom, chairman of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club.
Linda Bloom, Chair of Overcoming MS, said, “We want every person, newly diagnosed with MS, to be aware of the OMS programme. We aim to give them some realistic hope when they may have none and we want to fuel them with knowledge about how they can give themselves the best chance to get better or even recover from MS, like myself.”
Caroline Clarke, Group Chief Executive, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, who has MS, follows the OMS programme and is a trustee of the charity, also spoke, “The NHS Long Term plan, published in January this year, focuses on health promotion, well-being and social prescribing which is absolutely in line with what the OMS programme is about – a healthy diet, exercise, vitamin supplements and stress reduction.
“The work of the charity is so important for people with MS, and for the NHS. We need to reach more people and to reach them early – ideally when they are diagnosed – so they can be helped early in their journey and avoid some, if not all, of the debilitating symptoms that come with MS.
‘If we gave 50% of the 5000 people newly diagnosed with MS in the UK each year, an extra five years of working life, that equates to £150 million saving each year in pure economic terms.”
Linda added, “We applaud the recent campaigning to raise funds to accelerate new research and stop MS with treatments available for everyone by 2025.
“We also strongly believe that those living with MS today can make lifestyle changes that will improve their health outcomes. We know, from rigorously-researched medical evidence, that overcoming MS is possible now and we want to share that hope with as many people as possible.”