Meet Jenn Lacey, she is 27 and from Barnsley. Jenn suffers from multiple sclerosis (MS), and in 2 weeks time she will be jumping out of a plane with the Red Devils to raise much needed funds for the MS society.
Jenn is part of the local Barnsley group for people with MS and as she is the only fundraising officer of Barnsley she has set herself a task to raise money as due to recent cuts, funds are low and the MS Society rely on voluntary income to provide vital services to those affected by multiple sclerosis.
She said that MS attacks the central nervous system, preventing her from being able to do more exerting physical activities.
“There’s so many people doing sponsored walks, cycling and water sports but I can’t physically do that so I thought I would jump out of a plane,” she said.
“It should be relatively easy for me as it won’t have any physical impact.”
Jenn was diagnosed with MS over five years ago. She said it was most commonly diagnosed in women as a young adult and gets progressively worse.
“The most debilitating part for me is fatigue. It’s something people can’t see so they don’t necessarily understand it or see the impact it can have every day.”
She will be doing the parachute jump from an airfield in Nottingham at the end of August. “I’m really nervous about the jump but also looking forward to it at the same time. I’m sure it will be a great day.”
The event will be sponsored by Maria Calton Photography and will be donating 15% of any photo shoots taken between now and the end of August.
The Society are currently recruiting new members to join the “Getting to grips” course which the group run as a lot of the members are aged 35 and over but as MS also affects young adults, they would like to reach out to the younger sufferers. For more information on the group, you can go to the facebook page for the MS Society HERE
The Society is constantly striving to improve the lives of people with MS and their friends and family. However, they cannot do this without your help.
Click HERE to go to the page to donate. Anything you can give will make all the difference. PLEASE HELP AND DONATE!