Fidelis Partners has chosen to become a supporter of the work that MS society does with people living with Multiple Sclerosis.
I would like to say a HUGE thank you to all of the wonderful people who donated to my ride in the Prudential Ride London 100. I can honestly say that it was the most physically and mentally challenging thing I have ever done and perhaps gave me a ‘glimpse’ into the world of those individuals with Multiple Sclerosis.
As a healthy individual I couldn’t begin to imagine how hard a simple task such as getting up out of bed and making it through the day can be. Getting up off the sofa to make a drink and possibly being exhausted by the time you have made it. My discomfort really started at the 50 mile mark when we were all stopped at the bottom of Leigh Hill for well over an hour by race officials. Having to kick start my muscles thereafter was absolute agony, it was at that very moment I was able to visualize the daily plight of individuals with this debilitating condition.
The ride continued and I like many others walked up the Leigh Hill , it was tough to get both our bodies and enthusiasm going. We cycled on and the bottle necks started to build up as a consequence of both the delay and a number of other knocks and bumps along the route. We were stopped for safety reasons a number of times throughout the rest of the ride and were instructed to walk, this was turning out to be one touch gig!
So as you can imagine being on and off the bike was a killer. It was a glorious day especially for spectators who lined the route, the weather was getting hotter and the muscles were seizing up in protest.
What kept me going? The reality was the that the pain I was enduring was going to end, unlike that for those with MS – plus I had made a commitment as had all of those who donated to my ride.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological condition which affects around 100,000 people in the UK. Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20-40, but it can affect younger and older people too. Roughly three times as many women have MS as men.
So once again thank you for your encouragement and support and of course the very generous donations.
– Jacqueline Hilton, Talent Acquisition Director
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