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AWE-INSPIRING: MS sufferer from Berkhamsted pushing himself to the limit for charity

 Published on: 30th June 2020   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Berkhamsted man suffering from Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is in need of a suitable location so that he can complete a sponsored walk for charity.

Patrick Burke, 66, of Cowper Road, can barely walk because of his severe MS – he has to focus the whole of his attention on just lifting up one leg and putting it in front of the other. Despite this, Patrick will walk for an entire hour to raise £10,000 for the Chilterns MS Centre based in Wendover this September.

He’s looking for a local business to provide a suitable location for the challenge, perhaps by way of a car park or other hard standing area. 

Mr Burke said: “The walk will be a huge challenge for me in so many ways. My limit at present is 45 minutes. The length of time that I can walk is limited by muscular fatigue and poor balance. Walking for an hour will knock me out physically for a couple of days.

“For me It feels like I’m walking in water. It is very tiring, and my walking is excruciatingly slow. If I tried walking with walking sticks or crutches, I would fall over.” 

Multiple Sclerosis is a disease that affects the nerves in the brain and spinal cord and is different for everyone. Mr Burke uses a four-wheeled walker, which he must hold onto with both hands to maintain his balance.

He uses a clever electrical device to stimulate muscles so he can lift his leg off the ground and take small steps. The location for the walk should be a flat tarmac surface. Walking up and down or across a slope is very difficult and walking in a tight circle challenges Mr Burke’s balance. 

Mr Burke is a regular visitor to the Chilterns MS Centre for physiotherapy, group exercise and one to one help to manage the disease.

“There are many factors motivating me to do this,” he added. “I want to prove to myself that I can walk for an hour. And another big motivation is seeing how much money I can raise for the charity, which is an oasis for people with MS in this area and the support they provide is quite outstanding.”

To contact Mr Burke about a location for this fundraising challenge, please telephone 07947 024691 or email: patrick@aid4disabled.com 

To make a donation, please visit justgiving.com/fundraising/walk4onehour

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