Mayor Supports MS Walking for MileS Event

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Mayor, Martin Akehurst with Catherine Ruggierio

The Berkshire MS Therapy Centre held its Walking for MileS event on Sunday at the River & Rowing Museum in Henley. The museum’s management team have kindly allowed the MS Centre to use the facilities at the museum, free of charge for the past 5 years.  Yesterday the Centre had 150 people taking part in 3 different walks. There was a Half Marathon, a Six Miler and the shorter Marsh Lock Walk which is wheelchair friendly and suitable for people with walking difficulties and small children.

Mayor of Henley, Martin Akehurst  and his wife Glynnis took part in the walks as Martin is  supporting the Henley  MS Support Group during his term of office, as his brother in law suffered from MS. Glynnis Akehurst took part in the Six Mile Stroll while the Mayor accompanied Catherine Ruggiero on the Marsh Lock Walk.

A wide range of people took part and many walkers brought their dogs along, but one group took another step and Walking for Miles Julia in the wheelbarrowbrought along a  wheelbarrow to help MS sufferer, Julia Thomas along the Six Mile Stroll when she needed to rest!

This event is the Berkshire MS Therapies Centre biggest  in house fundraiser and raises many thousands of pounds. Money will be coming in over the next few weeks and Fundraiser Jackie Malcolm is hoping it will raise in the region of £12,000. The Centre which has an outreach arm in Henley called The Henley MS Support Group which is housed in Brunner Hall in Greys Road provides a full range of therapies, including physiotherapy, acupuncture, counselling and foot care to everyone in the area suffering from MS. It also offers friendship and support and a  lifeline to the local  MS community. Further details can be found on