Now MS Care Can Come To Your Door

A new initiative aimed at bringing care and services to Multiple Sclerosis sufferers in rural or remote areas has been launched by a leading MS charity.

Action MS is behind the new Mobile Care Centre that is set to travel around the country reaching people with multiple sclerosis and delivering much-need ed support.

The £100,000 centre is set to be unveiled at a ceremony in Cookstown this morning to allow local MS groups, health professionals, council workers and community organisations to have the first look.

The Mobile Care Centre has fully disabled access and is equipped with a consulting and therapy room, plasma screen and information area. It will travel throughout Northern Ireland and there will also be an appointment system in operation and special therapy sessions arranged to suit clients.

Action MS director Jayne Smyth said: “The Mobile Care Centre represents a significant development in the provision of support services to families living with multiple sclerosis.

“It will be of particular value to people living in remote areas who at present find it difficult to get access to services.

“We will be reaching people at their point of need and close to their own doorstep. It is hoped that for the first time many people with MS will also get better information about what services are available and enjoy a better quality of life as a result.”

Ms Smyth paid tribute to the voluntary fundraisers, led by Cookstown businessman Des Keenan, who had made the Mobile Centre possible following a highly successful campaign that included a sponsored 100-mile walk over five days around Northern Ireland.

Mr Keenan said the support for the new unit had been overwhelming.

“Thanks also to the small committee who helped to plan and coordinate various events to raise the £100,000 required. “Fundraising got off to a good start when six local businesses offered their support and very generously gave almost £30,000 altogether,” he added.

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