Inspired to help by my mum

Sue Strother who was diagnosed with MS five years ago with her daughter Zoe Sturrock who has organised a fundraising event in St Annes to raise money for the MS Society
Sue Strother who was diagnosed with MS five years ago with her daughter Zoe Sturrock who has organised a fundraising event in St Annes to raise money for the MS Society
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Zoe Sturrock is looking forward to a Christmas craft event she has planned later this month – because it’s for an extra special cause.

The 25-year-old, from St Annes, has organised a craft and gift sales night, on Friday, November 21, at the United Reformed Church, on St George’s Road, St Annes, in aid of the MS
 (Multiple Sclerosis) Society.

Her mother, Sue Strother, was diagnosed with MS around five years ago.

Zoe – who set up the event, despite being busy with two jobs and studying at college – said: “I used to do regular charity fund-raising for Sainsbury’s where I work, but as I’ve got two jobs and I’m at college, I’m too busy and had to give that up.

“But I wanted to do a fund-raising event for the MS 
Society, as I love organising fund-raisers and knowing it’s going to help people.

“I decided to organise a craft and gift event – 
which hopefully will give 
people some Christmas gift ideas.

“The MS Society is a charity I really wanted to do something for as my mum was diagnosed with MS about five years ago – on Boxing Day.

“It was really bad news, and she gets exhausted really quickly.

“But she still works part-time and she helps look after my grandparents – my grandpa suffered a few strokes, so she helps him.

“And she still does stuff with the Guides.

“My mum has a milder form of MS, so she hasn’t needed as much support, but one of my friends’ mums 
also has MS and she has really been helped by the Blackpool branch of the MS Society.

“They provide good support, help and information for those who need it.

“I hope the event will raise the profile of the charity and of MS – it’s a disease which doesn’t get as much publicity as some other conditions.”

MS is a condition of the central nervous system, in which the coating around nerve fibres (called myelin) is damaged, causing a range of symptoms – including vision problems, muscle stiffness and spasms and dizziness and fatigue.

More than 100,000 people in the UK have MS.

Zoe added: “My mum is helping me out with the craft event. There will be a raffle, lots of stalls and items for sale including crafts, jewellery, Christmas gifts, refreshments. I’m looking forward to it and hoping people will enjoy it and get some festive ideas – as well as raising money for the MS Society.”

* The November 21 event will be held from 7.30pm 
until 9pm.