One in million: Alison Proctor

Alison Proctor is one in a million.

The 62-year-old is one of the one million people already helped by the Steve Morgan Foundation Covid-19 Emergency Fund since it was launched in March 2020. Here’s her story:

Alison Proctor was only in her 30s when she started suffering from pins and needles, double vision and a loss of sensation in her feet.

She was sent to an optician but was eventually delivered the bombshell diagnosis in 1994 that she had multiple sclerosis, which affects your brain and spinal cord. “It was very scary,” she admitted.

The following year she visited the Neuro Therapy Centre in Saltney, near Chester, for the first time and admitted it changed her life.

The centre has been helping people with conditions including MS, Parkinson’s, MND and ME for 35 years.

Alison, now aged 62 and living in Flintshire, said: “I started by having 10 sessions in the hyperbaric oxygen chamber. In the last five or six years I’ve been going every week for yoga, pilates, gym and physiotherapy.

“The Neuro Therapy Centre has really helped slow down the progression of my condition. I can’t walk very far now so rely on my wheelchair or scooter.”

When Covid-19 hit the charity had to stop its face-to-face contact and were awarded £28,000 by the Steve Morgan Foundation to help them offer a virtual service.

“The Neuro Therapy Centre is an absolute lifesaver and I’ve appreciated that even more during the lockdown,” said the mother-of-two. “I haven’t been out for nine or 10 weeks so the virtual service has made a real difference to me.

“I’m really appreciative of the Steve Morgan Foundation for helping out the Neuro Therapy Centre so they’ve been able to offer the virtual service.”

Philanthropist and businessman Steve Morgan announced in March he would be giving up to £1m a week to charities in Merseyside, North Wales and Cheshire faced with a cashflow crisis as a result of Covid-19.

In the first eight weeks the Covid-19 Emergency Fund has made more than 400 awards to frontline charities – including the Neuro Therapy Centre – helping over one million people in the process.

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