At an Irish evening in Tynemouth recently, £365 from Lesley of the Border Terrier was presented by the Healy/O’Donnell Irish Dancers to Jim McAndrew, Treasurer of North Tyneside’s Multiple Sclerosis Society Branch, which exists to provide support and information to those affected by Multiple Sclerosis locally.
Jim explains: “We accomplish this in several ways. We fundraise, and this year we are parachute jumping, doing street collections and competing in the great North Run. We provide financial support where necessary with grants for home adaptations and respite, amongst other things. We organize events to raise awareness like information days, the Disability North Exhibition (DNEX) and courses for those newly afflicted by the condition. We are a point of contact providing information and meetings with MS professionals and support through our helpline 0191 280 0553”.
“People afflicted by MS can become isolated, so we organise social events with a strong emphasis on family participation – as MS has an effect on everyone. Finally, we run a weekly drop in and an MS exercise group”
The Border Terrier and Marden Residents Association in North Shields have between them raised over £11,000 for North Tyneside MS in the past three and a half years. The Irish evening organized by Francis had home-made Irish stew, Irish songs sung by volunteer groups from St Joseph’s and St Mary’s parishes, an Irish quiz, a leprechaun presenter, a stand-up comedian and world championship qualifying Irish Dancers.
by Francis McSherry