A CHARITY in Thornbury has donated an incredible £10,000 to help fund vital research into multiple sclerosis.

The MS Peoples Help charity, which runs two charity shops in St Mary Centre, Thornbury, selling a range of donated items and furniture, fundraise to help people with the debilitating condition, both in terms of real-world practice assistance and care, and in research for a cure.

During a visit to the shops, Dr Luke Canham, a neurologist from the Bristol Brain Centre, based at Southmead Hospital, was presented with a cheque for the amount by the charity’s founders Roger Wall and Shaun McCarthy, themselves sufferers of MS, which will support the centre’s work.

Recognising how hard-won the funds had been Dr. Canham, said he was deeply honoured, moved and inspired by the support and profoundly grateful.

He took the opportunity to explain the goal of his teams’ work and why it was so necessary, expressing sincere regret that, despite great strides and improvements, sufferers still do not have all the treatment options they would want to help repair and protect the brains of people with this condition.

Mr Wall told the Gazette: “We are delighted to be able to give this money to a centre who are doing such important work to tackle MS, it is great to have the chance to give something back.

“We want to thank all our volunteers who work so hard for the charity and to all the people who donate items to us.”

For more information on MS Peoples Help, how to raise funds or to organise an event, contact Shaun by email shaun_mccarthy@ymail.com, phone 07784 470177 or visit one of the shops in St Mary Centre.