MS sufferer raises £5,000 after six-day walking trek

MS sufferer raises £5,000 after six-day walking trek

AN MS sufferer from Whitley has helped raise more than £5,000 for charity by walking 47 miles.

John May, who has primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS), completed the Stanza Stones Poetry Trail from Marsden to Ilkley.

He made the journey in six days last October, despite needing two walking sticks.

Former postman John, 57, stayed in B&Bs and was helped along the way by friends and relatives.

He raised £3,294 for the MS Society and a further £2,000 was added from a fundraiser at the Leggers Inn in Dewsbury. The Mill Street East venue hosted an auction, raffle and tarot reading.

Val Sheard, John’s partner, said: “He did a few miles a day, but it took a lot out of him and he needed a long rest afterwards.”

John, well-known for his postal delivery route around Briestfield, began having problems about four years ago.

He suffered from tiredness, fell over at work and his left foot trailed behind when he walked.

The difficulties steadily got worse and two years later he was diagnosed at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield with PPMS.

This is the most serious degenerative form of the condition and as yet there is no cure or treatment.

The Stanza Stones walk features poems by Simon Armitage carved into stone for the Ilkley Literature Festival.

Val said: “John always loved walking. He did many long distance walks, including the Pennine Way and the Coast to Coast, before he was ill.”

“We can’t thank enough the Leggers Inn and all those who gave on the night and sponsored John.”

n John is continuing to raise funds for research into PPMS. See https://www.justgiving. com/WALKSFORMS.

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