My name is Phillip Sharpe and I am the Chef Patron of The White Peacock Restaurant in Leicester. On Saturday 2nd July, my sister Jacqueline Sharpe and Charlotte have signed up to do the London to Cambridge Challenge 2016 for the MS Society. As a team, their target is to raise £500. To help them reach their target, I am reaching out to those who have supported me and The White Peacock to extend their support to my sister in helping her reach her goal.
In memory of my mum Mary Sharpe, this charity is very close my heart. Affecting more than 100,000 people in the UK, once diagnosed MS stays with you for life. Treatments and specialists can help to manage the conditions and symptoms but there is not yet a cure. Raising money for the MS society will help towards research progression and to support individuals to cope with this condition that affects their whole body and nervous system.
Ways to donate
DONATE ONLINE NOW
Fill in the sponsorship forms at The White Peacock
Everyone that donates £2.50 or more will be entered into a raffle to win a ‘Signature Taster Menu’ by Phillip Sharpe worth £46*
*Please note, if you are donating online please leave your full name to enter the raffle. The winner will be posted on our Facebook page on June 1st.
Thank you very much for your time. Keep an eye on facebook updates with a rolling count down, how much we have raised so far, and hopefully some great photos of charlotte in training!
See you soon,
Chef Patron & Managing Director
Multiple Sclerosis Society
Charity Registration No. 1139257
Every day in the UK, 14 people are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. It's a life-long, chronic condition for which there is currently no cure. We’re fighting to improve treatment and care to help people with MS take control of their lives. And we’re funding research to beat MS for good.
What is MS?
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic condition of the central nervous system. More than 100,000 people in the UK have MS. Symptoms usually start in your 20s and 30s and it affects almost three times as many women as men. At present, there is no known cause or cure and once diagnosed, MS stays with you for life.
A substance called myelin protects the nerve fibres in the central nervous system, which helps messages travel quickly and smoothly between the brain and the rest of the body. Exposed electrical cables are similar to exposed nerves. In MS, your immune system, which normally helps to fight off infections, mistakes myelin for a foreign body and attacks it. This damages the myelin and strips it off the nerve fibres, either partially or completely, leaving scars known as lesions or plaques. This damage disrupts messages travelling along nerve fibres – they can slow down, become distorted, or not get through at all. As well as myelin loss, there can also sometimes be damage to the actual nerve fibres. It is this nerve damage that causes the increase in disability that can occur over time.
As the central nervous system links everything your body does, many different types of symptoms can appear in MS. The specific symptoms that appear depend upon which part of your central nervous system is affected and the job of the damaged nerve.