Gill Ford's, Branch Secretary,  letter to the membership


La Rue de La Villette
St Martins

Tel: 07781 412131


August 10th 2015

My name is Gill and I am just writing to you to introduce myself, as I have just taken over the role of Secretary to the Guernsey MS Society. The rest of thecommittee is made up of Steve Le Page, who remains the Chairman, and Mike Good, who remains the Treasurer. Alex Jenner is also staying as Events and FundRaising Co-ordinator, and is now joined by Becky Le Maitre. We are, as always, verywell looked after by our nurse Debbie Robilliard.

To tell you a little about myself, I was diagnosed with MS 12 years ago, but thankfully I remain pretty well. My biggest problem is the chronic fatigue which hasnow forced me to take a part-time job, as full time was proving a bit too much.

I had been working at St Andrew’s Primary school, but since its very sad closure this summer, I will be working the mornings at Castel Primary, when schools resume in September.

My husband David and I look after (and count!) all the MS collection potsaround the island, and have done so for many years now.

We have three sons, the eldest Robert lives with his girlfriend and the other two lads, Dan who is 24 and Alexwho is 23, still live with us, the cost of property being what it is.

I would ideally like to be able to contact everyone on Guernsey who has MS,and the easiest way to do this would be by email (if you have it). This way I would be able to keep you updated with what the committee are doing and any upcoming events that you may be interested in participating.

The Leo club of Guernsey has just held a Car Treasure Hunt which raised funds for MS Guernsey. There is a cycle ridecoming up which is being organised by Healthspan, and is being held on September19th, starting at 6pm. The money raised is being split between two charities, MS being one of them. If you are free, you may like to come and watch some of the ride. I am not riding myself but I will be there helping at registration. The cycle routes can be found on this website.

If you are not a member of the Guernsey MS Society, you may like to think about joining, which would certainly help us keep in contact. The cost is just £5.00 for the year and you receive a magazine called 'MS Matters', which is the Society’squarterly members’ magazine. It has the latest information and research on MS, and I personally find it very informative and useful. You would also receive newslettersfrom the Guernsey MS society’s Chairman.

To join the Society plesae follow this link

 If you choose not to join the society but would still like to be kept upto-date about the local MS society, please let me know your address and/or email so that I can keep you informed.

My address and email are at the top of this letter.

The committee are doing a wonderful job fund raising on our behalf. I wouldlike to establish a link with you all, so I can hear your thoughts, what you'd like to see from the society, keep you updated with what is happening around the island and feedback to the committee on your behalf. Maybe you have an idea for an event or a get together? – please let me know.

Please be aware when contacting me, that I am on holiday from 15thAugust, returning 26th August.

Thank you for taking the time to read my letter and I hope we can all work together tohelp make Guernsey a better place to live for people with MS.

Gill, Branch secretary 

07781 412131