Spinnaker Tower Abseil - MS Society

Natasha and her husband Neale were brave enough to abseil down one of the most challenging buildings in the UK.

Portsmouth’s tallest and most iconic landmark.

They abseiled a whopping 330ft down the famous Spinnaker Tower!

The event took place on 7th September 2013, in aid of raising money and awareness for the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society.

Together and through many donations and fundraising, they managed to raise an impressive £1,625.00!

The pair abseiled side by side, they were very cautious to start with, but it soon turned into a race and of course, Natasha won! Although Neale said, ‘she tricked me and pretended she was stuck, next thing I know she’s flown past me, and I quickly had to try and catch her up’.

They had great fun and their laughter could be heard by many of the spectators at the bottom who were there to support them.

Keep an eye out for the next team event in Felpham!

Natasha says:

‘MS is very close to our hearts due to one of our close family friends having the illness, whilst trying to raise a family – it’s heart breaking to see, especially as there still is no cure or treatment for the disease. We are so overwhelmed at how supportive everyone has been and it feels fantastic to raise money and awareness for such a worthy cause’.

What is MS?

Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a neurological condition. That means it affects your nerves. The specialist doctors who look after people with MS are called neurologists.

You can’t catch MS from someone. You get it when your immune system isn’t working properly. Your immune system normally protects you by fighting off infections. In MS it attacks your nerves by mistake.

These nerves control lots of different parts of your body and how they work. That’s why, if you have MS, you can get its symptoms in many parts of your body, and it can affect lots of things your body does. This is why everyone’s MS is different.

Why do some people get MS?

In the UK around 1 in 500 of us has MS. That’s over 130,000 people. Each week over 100 people are told they have it. Nearly three times as many women have MS as men. We don’t know why yet.

In the UK, people are most likely to find out they have MS in their thirties, forties and fifties. But the first signs of MS often start years earlier. It’s rare that children get MS.

What are the symptoms?

MS damages nerves in different parts of your brain and spinal cord. Where this damage is will affect which part of your body gets symptoms.

Symptoms can be unpredictable. They can change from day to day, even hour to hour. They could last days, weeks or months. Depending on the type of MS, these symptoms could stay, ease off or go away completely.

Some people find getting hot, tired, or stressed, or exerting themselves can make symptoms worse or trigger a relapse (a flare up of your MS symptoms).

Everyone has their own symptoms, and they won’t be the same as other people’s. And how MS develops over time is unique to each person.

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