A motorcycling obsessed multiple sclerosis sufferer has triumphed over his condition by biking thousands of miles across the UK for charity.
Paul Crossan and his team of 10 charitable supporters stopped off in Skegness recently as part of their week-long ‘L of a Ride’ fundraising tour and said their welcome in the town was ‘one of the best’.
The 35-year-old family man was inspired to undertake the expedition to prove that MS needn’t hold him or other sufferers back.
“I wanted to prove a point that just because you’ve got MS doesn’t mean you’ve got to give up,” he said.
With public knowledge of the debilitating condition relatively scarce, Paul was also keen to dispel certain misconceptions and raise awareness.
“The most frustrating thing is that people can’t see what’s wrong with you but with the fatigue it’s like there’s a magnet inside you dragging you down,” he said.
Paul was diagnosed with MS three years ago but it was not until he began to lose the use of his legs that he sought support from fellow sufferers.
“For the first year I didn’t want to speak to other people with MS,” he said.
“But when my legs went I thought it was time I joined a group and it was the best thing that happened to me - they were so welcoming and you don’t just talk about MS, we just had a laugh and a joke.”
The bikers stopped off at a number of the MS Society’s local branches throughout their journey and received a particularly warm welcome from the team in Skegness.
Society treasurer Greta Burman, who helped arrange a reception with the Mayor of Skegness Coun Jim Carpenter at the Welcome Inn, has applauded the group’s efforts.
“I think they have all done a fantastic job in promoting MS around the UK,” she said.
“It just goes to show that just because you have MS doesn’t mean it needs to hold you back - you can still do what you want.”
The Skegness MS Society hosts regular coffee mornings at the Welcome Inn for sufferers and their carers and organises charity fundraisers.
The group has about 40 members but recently suffered a number of losses to its committee and is keen to hear from new recruits. Call Greta on 01754 766332.
Visit www.justgiving.com/lofarideforms to donate.