Ruffley highlights MS Awareness Week

Saturday, 25 April, 2009

David Ruffley MP has today highlighted Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Week which runs from 27 April to 3 May 2009.

MS, a condition of the nervous system, is the most common disabling neurological disease among young adults and affects around 85,000 people in the UK. MS is most often diagnosed in people between the ages of 20 and 40, and women are nearly twice as likely to develop it as men.

During MS Week the MS Society aims to generally raise awareness and understanding of the condition as well as organising national and local events. News of any events within the Eastern Region will be available at

David said:

'One behalf of Multiple Sclerosis sufferers in Bury St Edmunds, Stowmarket, Needham Market and all corners of my constituency, I want to do my bit to raise awareness of MS during this coming week.

'MS affects around 85,000 people in the UK and is the single most common neurological disease. Bury St Edmunds is fortunate to have an active branch of the MS Society. They encourage any member or anyone affected by MS to get in touch by either paying them a visit at the West Suffolk Disability Resource Centre, every Thursday between 10.00am-12.00pm for drop-in or 12.00pm- 2.00pm for appointment only, or by telephoning on 01284 723 110.

'During MS Week the Bury St Edmunds branch has organised a cake break at the Greyhound Pub in Flempton on Friday 1 MAY at 11a.m. I would encourage all local residents interested in showing their support to drop in and support the event.'