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Scaling the heights to help mum
A TEENAGER who helps care for her mother is planning an abseil to raise money for charity.
Seventeen-year-old Vicky Rowe will abseil down the 44m Eclipse Tower in Bristol at the end of the month to raise money for the Swindon and District branch of the MS Society.
Vicky, who lives with her mum, Rose, in Abbey Meads, hopes to raise £400 for the society.
She said: “I want to raise awareness of the MS Society and the support it gives and I wanted to support my mum.
“It’s just a great society to support.”
Rose was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis about 20 years ago, and when Vicky was about 10 years old her parents divorced so she became her mum’s number one support.
Her mum would rely on her to help when she suffered a relapse, affecting her ability to walk or even to see.
She said: “We were on our own for two years and I had to look after her. I had to grow up a bit faster.
“It was difficult but because I grew up with it.
“I can understand it and, to me, my mum is normal.
“To me it’s just everyday life. If I can go through it anybody can and there’s lots of people out there to support you like the MS Society, and Swindon Carers.
“Sometimes it’s difficult to explain to people. Sometimes she wakes up and she can’t move her legs and she can’t see a thing.”
Money raised by the MS Society goes towards providing support in the shape of equipment, days out and holidays for people with MS as well as research.
“The MS Society itself provides grants that can be used for home improvements, for new equipment, for anything really, anything that people with MS want and need and they don’t have,” said Vicky.
“Everything raised by the Swindon branch goes back into people in Swindon.
“It only goes to support local people. That’s another reason why I want to support them.”
Because MS affects the central nervous system it can effect anything from eyesight and memory, movement and the bladder, and one of the most common symptoms is fatigue.
Just over 175 people in Swindon are members of the MS Society, but it is estimated that there may be more than 500 sufferers in the town.
To sponsor Vicky visit www.justgiving.com/Vicky-Rowe-abseil.
For more information visit http://www.swindonms.co.uk/ or facebook.com/swindonmultiplesclerosissociety.
To find out more about the event or how to take part, or for more information about multiple sclerosis, visit www.mssociety.org.uk/ms-events/2013/06/bristol-abseil-2013.
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