Movie star Stephen Hagan has revealed that the MS Society is close to his heart as he launched the charity’s fundraising Cake Break in Carrickfergus.
The Greenisland actor is encouraging people to get involved in the mouth-watering event to help raise over £250,000 to support those living with multiple sclerosis.
Stephen, who has recently been on our screens in Sky 1’s Lucky Man and will start filming for series 2 in the next few months, said: “I have a couple of close family friends with MS, so I am aware of the impact that it can have on someone’s life.
“ I have learnt so much more about MS by being involved in Cake Break and I was surprised to find out that Northern Ireland has the second highest prevalence of MS in the world. I would encourage everyone to get baking and hold a Cake Break to raise vital funds to support people with MS here.”
Stephen, who also appears in Columbia Pictures’ Biblical epic ‘RISEN’, was joined at the launch by the McReavie family, fundraisers from Carrickfergus.
Adele McReavie, who’s husband Alan was diagnosed with MS in in July 2014, said: “We don’t let Alan being diagnosed with MS affect our family life, we just carry on as normal and try to do our bit.
“My husband has used some of the therapies offered by the MS Society in their Resource Centre, which has been a great help. It doesn’t matter how much you raise through Cake Break, get involved and enjoy some sweet treats with family and friends.”
More than 100,000 people are living with the MS in the UK. The condidtion is unpredictable – one day you can be fine, the next you might lose your sight or be unable to move. People typically start having symptoms in their 20s and 30s and include sight loss, pain, fatigue, incontinence and disability.
Alice McReavie, Alan’s mum, volunteers with the fundraising team at the MS Society. She explained: “I take part in collections for the MS Society and have recently organised a sponsored walk. I find it so enjoyable to fundraise for the MS Society and love the opportunity to meet other people and have fun.
“It is so important to raise money so that the MS Society can continue to fund important research so that hopefully they will find a cure for MS soon.”
Tom Mallon, MS Society Northern Ireland’s Fundraising manager, said: “We’d love more people to take part in Cake Break. It’s a delicious way to fundraise for people affected by MS across Northern Ireland, and provides a great opportunity for people to get together and spend quality time with friends and family.
“All the money raised will go towards funding life-changing MS research, supporting our helpline and providing grants and short breaks for individuals and families affected by MS.”
To sign up , visit www.cakebreak.org.uk or contact 028 9080 2802.