An MS sufferer from Horsham has exceeded the half-way mark towards her £40,000 goal, thanks to the support of family, friends and well wishers.
Philippa Charman was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1999. The long-lasting disease that can affect a sufferer’s brain, spinal cord, and the optic nerves in the eyes, has forced her into retirement: After a valiant attempt to continue to work, Philippa finally accepted redundancy, for the second time, and attempted to work for herself, until, in 2008, she finally accepted that she needed to concentrate on getting well again.
Research into her condition has led Philippa to a facility in Russia, at which she has been accepted to begin trials for a Hematopoietic stem cell transplant HSCT. Unfortunately, Philippa does not meet NHS funding criteria for this treatment, which she described as being an: “amazing treatment now available which will stop further progression of the disease and may cause regression.”
In a video, which accompanies her GoFundMe page, Philippa explained: “I’ve been doing a lot of research on hospitals; Speaking to a lot of patients who’ve been to get this done. And I’ve found the best hospital to go to, which is in Russia, and I’ve been accepted onto the trials now. So I need to urgently raise funds to pay for it.”
Philippa is striving to keep as well as she can. Damage to her eyes has meant that she can no longer drive. Despite this, she attends regular exercise classes and is a volunteer: “It’s nice to give something back. It keeps my mind active, which is another important key thing, I think.”
If you would like to help Philippa reach her goal, please visit: https://www.gofundme.
For more information about Multiple Sclerosis, please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/