‘I feel like a member of the MS-UK family’

Allen has been supporting MS-UK for several years. Here, he explains his motivation and why he chose to volunteer for MS-UK 

I have been volunteering for MS-UK since I first ran the London Marathon for them in 2017. MS-UK is a charity close to my heart due to my mum having multiple sclerosis (MS) before she passed away. I also wanted to help a local charity, helping people in my community.

I initially ran the London Marathon in 2017 for MS-UK, and since then I have continued helping in several ways – volunteering at larger events like the London Marathon as well as smaller ones such as a fundraiser at a local pub. I have helped bring back runners to the MS-UK hub after every London Marathon since 2018 as well as some other events including the ASICS London 10k, and the local bonfire night fireworks display at Colchester Rugby club.

During lockdown I tried to raise a little more for MS-UK as I know all charities have taken a hit with their big fundraising events being cancelled.

For the 2.6 Challenge, I walked the equivalent of 2.6 times up the Gherkin on a set of steps (which turned out to be harder than a lot of the running I have done). Also, a friend of mine knitted a Myles mascot for me, which I have raffled.

Whenever I have turned up for an event, I have always been made to feel welcome and I now feel like a member of the MS-UK family. I always enjoy events I volunteer for because MS-UK are such a happy group of people. We are all a friendly bunch!

I even won a prize for my volunteering, ‘Room To Reward’, which gave me a free hotel stay!

If you are considering volunteering for MS-UK, do it, you won’t regret it.