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Ex England Football Captain Mary Phillip announced as new Ambassador

We’re excited to announce Mary Phillip as our new MS Society Ambassador. Read more about Mary and her plans to work with the MS community.

Mary is a former England women’s football captain. She was diagnosed with relapsing MS in 2017.

During her successful career Mary played for Millwall, Arsenal, Fulham and Chelsea. And made history as the first Black woman to captain the England women’s team.

Mary’s a volunteer manager for her local club, Peckham Town FC. And she led the team to win The London Senior Trophy in 2020. It was the first cup to be won by a men’s senior team managed by a woman.

Connecting with the community

As an MS Society Ambassador Mary’s looking forward to sharing her story to raise awareness.

“No two people’s MS symptoms are the same. But if people can relate to me and feel better hearing about my experience, that is fantastic. I lived with MS for several years before I was ready to talk about it. By speaking out I want to draw from other people’s experiences of MS. And I want to hear how others have dealt with the condition too.”

Nick Moberly, our Chief Executive, says:

“We’re proud to announce Mary as our new Ambassador. And we look forward to working together to inspire the MS community and the wider public.”

Our Ambassadors help us drive research into more – and better – treatments to stop MS. They also encourage public support for our campaigns. And they help us shine a light on the stories of the more than 130,000 people living with MS in the UK.”

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