MS group hopes to raise its profile

Keith Craven
Keith Craven

SIXTEEN-hundred people living with multiple sclerosis are accessing help from a Tees Valley group.

But the Teesside branch of the MS Society wants to hear from even more people in areas such as Hartlepool.

Keith Craven has been the chairman of the branch for the last three years and said: “We are trying to raise the profile and raise aspirations. Our aim is to show where we are.”

The Teesside branch has been going for 40 years. Today marks the 60th anniversary of the society nationally and although there is no cure for multiple sclerosis, there is support.

Keith said: “We fund weekly gym sessions and weekly cycle sessions. We support people and we are more than happy to get involved with groups, or set up new things that people want.”

Keith added: “We want to hear from anyone interested in volunteering or helping through fundraising.

“In the past, we have had people who have helped us by doing the Great North Run and last year, we had people who fundraised by cycling coast to coast across the USA over five weeks.”

Anyone interested in giving their support should contact 0800 500 3182. A free MS helpline is available at 0808 800 8000, or people can email