Dual celebration marks decades of fund-raising and support

The MS Society's Angus branch is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

The MS Society's Angus branch is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

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The Angus branch of the MS Society is marking its 40th anniversary this Saturday with a special anniversary lunch in Dundee.

It will be a dual celebration, as the MS Society nationally is also celebrating its 60th birthday.

The society was established in 1953 by Sir Richard Cave, whose wife Mary had MS (multiple sclerosis), and since then has fund-raised for research into the condition, investing £133 million since 1956.

Multiple sclerosis is a condition of the central nervous system caused by damage to the coating of nerve fibres, which causes a range of symptoms. It currently affects around 100,000 people in the UK.

Saturday’s lunch, at the Woodlands Hotel, will be attended by Georgiana Osborne, Lord Lieutenant of Angus, and Angus Provost Helen Oswald as well as local MP Michael Weir and Graeme Dey, Angus South MSP. Around 120 branch members and carers are expected to attend along with Hew Mathewson, chairman of the MS Society’s Scottish council.

The society’s local branches are run by groups of volunteers who provide vital local support across Scotland. The Angus branch aims to provide help, support and friendship to people in the county that have MS and their friends, family and carers. They hold social and fund-raising events throughout the year.

Marion Dye,area development officer for the Angus branch, said: “I am delighted that the Angus branch is celebrating 40 years of providing local support. Living with MS can often throw up a lot of questions and challenges. People sometimes feel they have nowhere to go for support and information, and having volunteers on the ground locally is so important.”

Further information about the branch can be found online at http://msangus.btck.co.uk/, by calling 0845 900 5760 or e-mailing ina.mcbeath@btinternet.com