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Laughter Draws Crowds To MS Event

On Thursday, over one hundred people attended an event to raise awareness of Multiple Sclerosis. The local charity of disabled people, Ideal for All, in partnership with the Black Country branch of the MS Society organised the event for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) to try out ‘laughter yoga’ and other therapies at their MS Awareness Day Event.

The laughter yoga session proved a huge hit with people using it to let go of the stresses and strains of life. Alongside the laughter yoga, which combines gentle yoga moves with laughing and breathing exercises, there were more conventional therapies, awareness-raising talks and exhibitions. In addition, The event featured talks by Dawn Brookfield, a local MS nurse, and Amanda Andrews, a senior lecturer from Birmingham City University, on the latest innovations in the treatment and management of MS. They were joined by a range of local organisations that showed how their services can support people affected by MS, and demonstrations including meditation, reflexology, aromatherapy and yoga.

Doreen Veale, Vice Chair of Ideal for All, and carer of her disabled son said “This event gave people with MS the information they need to make informed choices about their care. It is important for disability organisations to work together, pool resources and share expertise in order to raise public awareness on issues such as Multiple Sclerosis.”

Kerry Lloyd, Support Officer at the Black Country MS Society said: “The day was a huge success, it enabled many people affected by MS not only to be brought up-to-date with the up and coming therapies available, but also that they are not alone. This day would not have been possible without the support of Ideal for All.”

The event is one of a series of events held for National MS Week, which raises awareness about the condition.

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