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Our award-winning multiple sclerosis nurse Liz Watson is set to skydive from 10,000ft to raise funds for the MS Trust.

But Liz is no fearless thrill-seeker – she’s actually scared of flying!

“I feel like I want to give something back, while also raising awareness of MS and the work of the MS Trust,” she said.

“My patients, and the many other people with MS, have inspired me in so many ways. Most people with MS and their families face many challenges on a daily basis and often remind me how much we take for granted each day.”

Supports over 700 people

Liz currently supports over 700 people living with MS in the Bradford area.

The MS Trust is currently working with us to bring an additional MS Nurse to Bradford.

“Getting a new MS nurse will make such a difference to people with MS in Bradford,” she added. “We will be able to offer a much more responsive service and increase the number of people we can see in our own clinics.”

Bradford is one of the first locations to benefit from the MS Trust’s nurse funding programme, which is working with the NHS to bring new MS nurses to places in urgent need, and help people deal with diagnosis, adjust to life with an incurable condition and make difficult treatment choices.

Without an MS nurse people can be left to deal with this unpredictable disease alone, and may have to rely on expensive emergency care for their treatment.

Out of my comfort zone

“I originally thought of participating in a somewhat less courageous event,” added Liz, who was recently named the QuDoS MS Nurse of the Year. “I have previously done a sponsored abseil with the MS Trust and that was as far out of my comfort zone as I wanted to go.

“But after watching athletes including Stephanie Millward and Kadeena Cox at the Paralympics in Rio last year, I decided to challenge myself and the MS Trust 'Big Blue Jump' seems like the perfect way to do that.

“I admit I am very apprehensive about the Skydive, and my friends and family can't quite believe that I am doing it, but compared to the challenges faced by those with MS every day it's not really such a big deal.”

Liz, who also recently featured on the cover of the Nursing Standard to celebrate 25 years of the MS Nurse, will take to the sky on May 27. To sponsor her please go to: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Lizwatson3