Walking-the-talk or not-walking-the-talk

You may know by now that ‘The Dream Team‘ completed the 3-peaks challenge in less than 24-hours yesterday. Well done. Their aim was to raise more than £5,000 for the MS Society. The MS Society is a remarkable organisation; an organisation the wider MS community could not manage without. They not only look after their members locally but take on very important national tasks such as lobbying, advocacy, education, setting the research agenda and supporting research. The MS Society, therefore, needs your support. If you haven’t done so already can you please help and make a small donation, it would be greatly appreciated? 

The Dream Team

I was planning to do the final peak with my crumbling hip, but my family won out. I had to stay in London to be around for my youngest daughter’s 18th Birthday Party. When your youngest child turns 18 and becomes an adult you realise you are a little bit further along life’s journey and when I set the next challenge to raise money for the MS Society later this year I will need to take age into account. Any suggestions? 


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Prof G

Professor of Neurology, Barts & The London. MS & Preventive Neurology thinker, blogger, runner, vegetable gardener, husband, father, cook and wine & food lover.


  • How about a blogathon or webinar-thon? Or a Q&Athon? You could stay online for 24 hours to answer questions about life, the universe and everything MS.

    • Re: "…webinar-thon"

      A good idea, but what topics or do we rely on the wider community to come up with a list of questions. I will need to rope in our whole team to do this. But I am up for it.

    • Can you please promise that you are going to take this on? I will sponsor you now if you do a 24-hour webinar-thon. I will also watch it for 24 hours.

  • Prof G – may I suggest a 48 hour sponsored silence for your next fundraising challenge for the MS Society. I did this myself two years ago in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association and found it incredibly challenging and moving. I vowed then never to take my speech for granted along with so many other things we all take for granted every day.

    • Not sure the MS community will relate to this. MS only removes speech at the very late stage and even then most MSers have some speech. I suspect they may relate more to 48 hours in a wheelchair, i.e. without the use of your legs.

    • Not completely sure you're right about this. One of my friends, who has MS and is in her late forties, lost her power of speech completely 3 or 4 years ago. It came back, although she spoke hesitantly for a while afterwards. She's lost it completely again since. Although it has come back (sort off), these days when she speaks it's really hard to understand what she's saying. Just goes to show, whatever horrible neurological symptom you come up with, you can find someone with MS who has it…

    • As I remember,way back, the DJ Stuart Henry, who had MS, had difficulties with his job because of his slurred speech. His bosses/listeners thought he was drunk.

  • Still, i fail to see why such a noble cause, as MS related support, needs to get disguised in all shorts of challenges. Could be my cultural background, but i palpate the origins of sacrifice ceremonies in these activities: offer something valuable in order to receive what's anticipated.

  • What about the 5-in-5 (walking up 5 Wainwright peaks in the Lake District, in 5 hours)? It's a big fundraiser for the MS Society but nowhere near as hard as the Three Peaks Challenge.

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