Charities to benefit from Surfleet woman’s ball

A hot air balloon ride for two is one of the fabulous prizes in the auction.
A hot air balloon ride for two is one of the fabulous prizes in the auction.

Guests at the Autumn Ball on October 4 will hear a short presentation about the work of the two charities that will benefit from money raised, The MS Society and The Cystic Fibrosis Charity (CF).

MS is a neurological condition which affects around 100,000 people in the UK.

It is a condition of the central nervous system that can cause increasing disability over time. Symptoms are vision and balance problems, stiffness and/or spasms, and difficulties with the bowel, speech and swallowing.

CF is a life-shortening inherited disease – one in 25 people carry the faulty gene.

The gene controls the movement of salt and water in and out of cells, so the lungs and digestive system become clogged with mucus, making it hard to breathe and digest food.

There is currently no cure for the disease, but treatments are available to try to manage it. Life expectancy has increased, but only half live to see their 40th birthday.