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One father on why he left a legacy to the MS Society

Hannah Maunder

Mike tells us why pride and hope for his daughter inspired him to leave a legacy to help stop MS

Family usually come first when people think about their Wills. It just feels to my wife and me that people with MS are now part of our wider family.

We started making monthly donations to MS Society Scotland when our daughter was diagnosed with MS. We’re now retired, not wealthy, but lucky enough to have savings and pensions that meet our needs.

Obviously, any help you give to a charity stops when you die – so we’ve left legacies to the MS Society.

Our daughter lives well with MS

Our daughter’s diagnosis when she was in her 20s was a big blow, knowing that it made her future so uncertain.

As a family, we try to tackle things as matter-of-factly as we can. Our daughter has moved to a bungalow, and she goes swimming instead of doing some of the other activities she used to enjoy. She’s now in her early 40s, with a (very energetic!) nine year-old daughter of her own.

Her struggles with walking are pretty constant, but the only significant relapse she’s had so far was after her daughter was born. She takes a disease modifying treatment, and has a knowledgeable and sympathetic MS nurse she can call on at any time, as well as having regular medical check-ups.

She also joined the MS Society some years ago, and knows what a comprehensive range of help and information they can provide on every aspect of living with MS.

Proud dad wanting to make a difference

As the father of a daughter with MS, I have lots of mixed emotions – the initial shock and apprehension, pride in the positive way our daughter has coped with her condition, and a hope not only that her condition will remain relatively stable, but that research will continue to make real progress in tackling MS head-on.

Leaving a legacy to help fund research and support is easy. A few minutes of paperwork, and the job’s done. It’s simple but very valuable – and every little helps.

We all resolve to do things we know are important, but too often our busy lives overtake us.

To prevent that happening, follow the famous slogan and, if you can afford to, ‘just do it’!