A MULTIPLE Sclerosis support group set up by an inspirational sufferer and her carer mum has been forced to cancel weekly drop-in sessions.
The New Hartlepool MS Support Group launched the sessions in May this year, giving around 30 MS sufferers in Hartlepool the chance to speak to others who are also dealing with living with the condition, which attacks nerves in the brain and spinal cord and currently affects around 100,000 people in the UK.
But disappointed group leaders have now confirmed that the sessions, which were held every Monday in Owton Rossmere Resource Centre, in Wynyard Road, have been cancelled due to a lack of funding.
But Sylvia Moore, 70, who set up the group along with her daughter, Lindsay, said despite the drop-in sessions being cancelled, the group is still going strong and still offers complementary therapies and counselling sessions.
The retired waitress and office worker, said: “We have done very well to get a lot of grant money but the grants are so specific and don’t allow us to spend it on rent.
“It was costing us for the rooms for the drop-in sessions and unfortunately we just couldn’t raise enough to keep that up.
“We are disappointed but the main thing is we are still here and still offering a service for MS sufferers in the town.”
Sylvia’s daughter, Lindsay suffers with the most aggressive form of MS.
The 39-year-old was accepted into a prestigious dancing school in London when she was a teenager.
But had her dreams cruelly snatched away when she was diagnosed and is now completely dependent on others and can’t even feed herself.
Earlier this year, as inspirational Lindsay set up the support group with her mum, she told the Mail: “I just have to get on with it, there’s no point in being miserable.”
The pair are now focusing on developing support for MS sufferers in the town.
Complementary therapies and counselling sessions which were held in the resource centre are now offered in the homes of sufferers and fundraising will take place in an effort to revive the drop-in sessions in the future.
Hartlepool Round Table will provide a boost to the club when they hand over some of the cash raised at this weekend’s beer festival.
And the support group has also organised a coffee morning to be held at St Columba’s Church, in Newark Road, Hartlepool on Saturday, December 1 from 10am-noon.
For more information about the group email email@example.com.