A trip to Bristol and a catch up with MS-UK

On Wednesday this week, Jas and I took Luna on the road and we headed over to Bristol for the day. We were visiting Oasis Academy, Brislington, where we held two interactive sessions for the students in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10.

The day didn’t get off to the best start, as I very nearly missed my train, despite leaving an hour to get to the station. But thankfully I made it, and we were in Bristol just after 9am.

The school was huge; apparently it is one third of a mile from one end of the school buildings to the other! And the teacher we have been interacting with had done a brilliant job of recruiting students to come to our sessions. So much so, we had to hold them in the massive sports hall, as it was the only place they could have around 250 students at once!

Our first session was with Years 7 and 8, who were quite shy to begin with. But it wasn’t long before we were having to shout out the questions at the top of our voices, because they seemed to be enjoying the session so much!

It was the same story with the second group of older students, who seemed to be “too cool for school” but eventually warmed up to us and by the end were asking so many questions and not wanting to leave!

Some of the students asked how old I was, and so I asked them how old they thought I was. The range of answers they gave was between 22 and 25 (which I greatly appreciated!) so when I told them “31” they all responded with “noooooo way, miss!”, “tell us your secrets!”, “no way are you 31!” Day made.

We came away with some brilliant insights into teen life today and definitely gave us the boost we needed after months of these investor calls, as it really showed us there is such a need for a product like Luna right now.

The other big event this week was the kick-off call we had with Team MS-UK for the London Marathon. On Monday night, many of the participants and staff at MS-UK joined a zoom call to meet each other, share training and fundraising tips and hear from people living with Multiple Sclerosis.

Like going to the school, hearing the stories of those on the call who have MS and deal with it everyday, make the training and fundraising for a marathon so worthwhile. It is clear that MS-UK make such a big difference to these peoples lives, and if I can make even a small difference to their lives by running London and New York this year, then it really will be worth it.

Multiple Sclerosis is a horrible disease, for which there is currently no cure. It is a neurological condition, caused by your immune system mistakenly attacking the brain and nerves. Once diagnosed, MS stays with you for life and can affect everything from vision and balance to speech and memory. It can leave sufferers house bound, bed bound and unable to live a full life.

Running these marathons and half-marathons for MS makes me appreciate my body and what it can do even more. When I’m having a bad day, I often go for a run or a bike ride to feel better and I can’t imagine not having the ability to do that.

This week however, my training has been a lot less than usual, as I started a two week taper down into my first half marathon of 2022. This time next week I will be running Hackney Half Marathon, the first of five races this year for MS-UK.

If you’ve made it this far through the post and you’ve been following the blog for a while, you’ll know I like to support MS-UK when I can. My bike ride to Vienna raised nearly £2,000 in 48 hours for them. I really hope we can reach the same amount this year for this brilliant charity.

So, please, if you can, I’d really appreciate your support for my marathons this year and for MS-UK. Just tap the link below. Thank you ❤️

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