Photo: Albert wears an MS society running vest and kisses his medal

Working to support our community

 

Albert is a member of our Facilities team

I worked in retail for over 14 years, but knew I wanted to move into the charity sector. In particular the MS Society. The main reason for me wanting that change was my eldest sister. She was diagnosed with relapsing remitting MS in December 2009 at the age of 34.

I wanted to find out about MS

I’ve been with the MS Society since March 2017 and enjoyed my time thoroughly. I was keen to know more about MS and how the charity works to make treatments available, from a campaigns point of view. And how it reaches out to people with MS. I also wanted to get involved with fundraising. Since working here I’ve volunteered at various events, so I’ve seen personally a real uplifting community spirit.

Working here is a great experience

I enjoy working here because I’ve met some great colleagues. Not only in my department of facilities, but across the board, I’ve been made to feel very welcome. It’s also been great to learn what other teams do to help make a difference to people with MS. And to hear people's own personal insight into their MS and how they deal with it on an emotional and physical level.

More still needs to be done to raise awareness of MS.

I have had the privilege of speaking to a remarkable young man on Twitter called Stuart Rose who fundraises for MS Scotland and who I would describe in one word as INSPIRATIONAL. He was diagnosed with MS at the age of 15, but took on a challenge of not only raising the awareness of MS but also taking up long distance running to raise money doing various half-marathons.

Helping the MS community

For me whether you have a personal connection with MS or not this is a great charity to work for. More still needs to be done to raise awareness of MS. I didn’t know what MS was, the long term effects it can have on someone’s life and how some symptoms aren’t that obvious to the naked eye.

Regardless of your working background or whatever particular skills you have, it’s stories like Stuart’s that should convince you about joining the MS Society.

Also I would encourage anyone who did want to work for the MS Society to volunteer at events like the London Marathon. This is a great way to not only meet the wider MS community but also to show your support for such a great cause.

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