EVER since her son developed Multiple Sclerosis, Freda Ally has campaigned tirelessly to help others in Kirklees suffering from the debilitating nerve disease.
Now Mrs Ally, 71, is stepping down as chair of the Huddersfield and Kirklees branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society after five years.
But the Beaumont Park pensioner is calling out for others to help carry on the charity’s good work in the area.
The committee, which meets once a month, is currently looking for a chair to replace Mrs Ally as well as new members to help out when they can.
Mrs Ally explained to the Examiner: “Committee members and the chair don’t necessarily need to be linked in any way to MS and don’t need to know a great deal about MS either.
“People with MS find it very hard to commit to duties on the committee because of the very nature of the illness.
“It’s such an unpredictable condition.
“It can lie dormant for a long, long time and all of a sudden someone can have a relapse.
“It causes a lot of fatigue. My son John was sat at his computer doing something and all of a sudden he’d slump over the arm of his wheelchair and he couldn’t sit up or get himself into bed or anything.
“It can vary from day to day and week to week.”
The local branch of the MS Society supports those living with the disease both financially and emotionally.
Mrs Ally said: “If someone needs some kind of equipment they apply to us, as the local society, for a grant.
“We try to find a method of providing what they need.
“We can help with things like scooters to go into town shopping or giving them a grant of some money towards a computer.
“It’s just making life easier for the person that has MS.
“It’s enjoyable and rewarding because you see the benefit it is making to people.”
There are currently five committee members but the charity always welcomes more help.
Volunteers take part in collecting money or helping to organise fundraising events.
Mrs Ally said: “The chair basically acts as the figurehead, representing the MS society locally.
“They’re involved in fundraising events and collecting cheques and chairing meetings.
“It’s not an awful lot of time, the chair can be involved as much or as little as they want.”
For more information on how to get involved call Joanne Wilkins on 01484 844845.