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MS group faces closure unless new volunteers step in

Wednesday, May, 12, 2004
Online Cambridge News

A VOLUNTEER group has said its work with Multiple Sclerosis sufferers might end if no new volunteers come forward.

The Cambridge and District Branch of the MS Society is looking for new helpers to continue work started more than 30 years ago.

Branch chairwoman Jackie Gelling is standing down next month because of ill health and secretarial support is also needed. In total, the branch hopes to find four to six new volunteers to join the committee.

Mrs Gelling, from Howard Road, Meldreth, the chairwoman for seven years, said: "We need new blood and new ideas. People who come forward would probably have had experience of MS but you do not need to have had any experience."

Committee members are usually assigned different tasks, such as organising transport or dealing with the publicity. They also oversee the work of a welfare team which visits MS sufferers in their own homes.

Mrs Gelling, 55, whose husband Joe, 60, has MS, said: "They help people with benefits they are entitled to and can also offer them financial support. They are generally somebody for people with MS to talk to. Sufferers benefit from having someone to offload on."

She continued: "The welfare team would not be able to function without their management committee. If we do not continue, local people will lose their local contact."

The committee meets every two months on a Tuesday evening. Somebody is particularly needed to take minutes at the meetings, with a view of eventually taking on the role of secretary. Volunteers are also needed to join the welfare team.

If you think you can help, please call Mrs Gelling on (01763) 262471 or branch secretary Christine Phillips on (01954) 210684 by April 2 for more information.

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