Cardiff couple star in charity TV ad to raise £100m for multiple sclerosis

A Cardiff couple are starring in a major charity appeal to raise £100 million to stop multiple sclerosis (MS).

Glyn Furnival-Jones, 46, lives with the secondary progressive form of MS. Together with his husband Mark he is now starring in an advertising campaign for the MS Society’s Stop MS Appeal.

Glyn was diagnosed with MS in 2004, and met Mark eight years ago when he worked full-time. Now, he’s medically retired and has to use an electric wheelchair. He relies heavily on Mark to offer much-needed care and support.

More than 100,000 people live with MS in the UK. The condition damages nerves in your body and makes it harder to do everyday things, like walk, talk, eat and think.

The MS Society claims we can expect to see a range of treatments for everyone in late stage trials by as early as 2025.

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Most people, like me, are told they have MS when they’re in their prime. MS is relentless, painful, and disabling. It puts a stop to family and work life, and disrupts so much.

No two people with MS are the same, but the film is an insight into the effect the condition can have. The Stop MS Appeal needs to raise £100 million over ten years to find treatments for everyone living with MS, so we don’t need to worry about it getting worse.

– GLYN FURNIVAL-JONES

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Glyn features alongside three other people with MS in the MS Society film, which shows some of the daily challenges of life with the condition. They are all singing Fleetwood Mac’s much loved ‘Don’t Stop’ – the Stop MS Appeal anthem, chosen because the lyrics reflect the community’s hope for the future of treatment, and the positive changes possible through the Appeal.

Talking about his on-screen debut, Glyn says: “There’s a lot of empty hours in the day now that I don’t work, so getting the chance to go to London with Mark and do a little bit of singing was fun. It definitely topped sitting indoors and playing solitaire on my phone!”

For the first time we believe stopping MS is possible. Research has got us to a critical point, and we can see a future where nobody needs to worry about MS getting worse. That means not living in fear you’ll be reliant on a wheelchair, or one day lose your independence.

With our support, the worldwide research community is now coming together to help us achieve our goal of finding treatments for everyone.

– NICK MOBERLY, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE MS SOCIETY

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