Raising funds for MS
by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-05-08
A 28-year-old woman from north west London has enlisted the vocal talents of X Factor star Andy Abraham and other entertainers for the launch event at the Mermaid Theatre in London of a new group to raise funds for research into the debilitating disease of MS.
The Mermaids for MS star-studded night will take place on May 26 at the Blackfriars venue.
Organised by Jamie Minter-Green, a personal fitness trainer, the group has the support of the MS Society. It was formed following Minter-Green's wish to do something to help sufferers following her mother Ruth contracting multiple sclerosis.
My mother was diagnosed with MS about ten years ago and has progressed to now being scooter bound and requires a full time carer," Minter-Green says. "I have seen first hand the effect MS can have on a family and an individual, and I am particularly interested in raising money for research into a cure and/or symptom relief."
As well as the celebrity evening, Minter-Green, a member of North Western Reform Synagogue in Golders Green, will be swimming the English Channel in August.
"I am a busy girl. One swim session is three hours, and the other two are ninety minutes," she says of her training at Barnet Copthall Masters. "I have now started my acclimatisation which involves getting in some very cold water twice a week, usually at the Hampstead Ponds or Gospel Oak Lido, and it is freezing cold!"
Tickets for the event are available online from www.ticketweb.co.uk or call 0870 060 0100.