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High Sheriffs of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire launch our Family Friends scheme

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High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, Will Hobhouse, was so moved by his visit to the Chilterns MS Centre in autumn 2017, he wanted to do something to help our charity.  Knowing the Centre supports 100+ people who live in Herts and have MS, Will suggested he and neighbouring High Sheriff of Bedfordshire Vinod Tailor should launch the charity’s Family Friends scheme early in the new year.

On a blustery Friday in late January 2018, Will and Vinod explained why they were delighted to launch our Family Friends scheme.  Vinod explained “Growing numbers of local people require the Centre’s support. Each month, the charity welcomes 10 new members – 10 people with MS who would like to receive some of the many treatments on offer. The charity will never turn anyone away but delivering 1400 treatments every month comes at a cost.”  We are indebted to Will Hobhouse, High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, who on 27 January 2018 became the charity’s first Family Friend, pledging a monthly donation of £25 per month.

Peter Kara, High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire, had hoped to be at the launch. Recognising that the Centre is called a ‘lifeline’ by many people affected by MS, he wrote: “I am delighted to pledge the equivalent of a year's subscription of the Family Friends scheme today to help in this laudable delivery.”

Will and Vinod, and Deputy Lieutenant of Hertfordshire Derek Townsend, enjoyed meeting some of our MS members who will benefit from the donations generated by the Family Friends scheme.  They met Beverley who told them “The atmosphere at the Centre is unbelievable. You might come in feeling miserable, but you never leave feeling that way.”  And they met Tracey.  When Chief Executive Robert Breakwell asked what the Centre did for her, she replied: “Everything.  It’s amazing. I just love being here.”     

Become a Family Friend and show your support of the Chilterns MS Centre here