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ICE Ball 2016 A Great Success

The third ICE Ball was held on 7th May 2016 at the Craiglands Hotel Ilkey and was another highly successful event. It was attended by 226 people and we raised a whopping £9000.

The story of the ICE Ball

People often ask me what the ICE Ball is all about and what is the story behind it.

Well it is a very simple really.

In 2013 I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) which came as a huge shock 1) I was nearly 50 and most people are diagnosed earlier in the lives and 2) i had been a fitness instructor for over 20 years so thought I was fit and healthy.

I am a tough old bird but....

Since being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) I have occupied my time by trying to raise funds and awareness of this and other neurological conditions (Dad had Alzheimer’s and died the year of my diagnosis).

This has led me to not only be very busy (well the way I see it you can’t go from teaching Bootcamps to doing absolutely nothing it would drive me mad) but has made me realise just how little most people know about these often invisible conditions.

How do you make neurological conditions sexy?

It is ages since I have written anything but 1) everything with the ICE Ball is now in full flow so I am busy selling tickets, trying to get donations in for raffle and auction prizes, liaising with the team etc and also 2) I have been really struggling with my mobility for about 3 months and if I am honest it has been all consuming.

It's all coming along very nicely!

So it seems quite a while since I wrote anything, but in my defence that’s because things have been hotting up nicely for the next charity ICE ball and the summer has just flown by J

So I thought it was about time I brought you up to date with what we have arranged so far.

We now have a venue booked, the Craiglands Hotel Ilkley (which is superb), and we have decided to call it “A night to Remember”.

What is normal?

I can remember thinking when I heard those words “You have Multiple Sclerosis” I am not going to let this “change” my life.

Nearly 30 months on and I realise that was just plain stupid! A diagnosis of any condition changes your life in some way or another. It is the way you cope with it that matters the most!

The ICE Ball

For the past 2 years I along with a great (but very small) team of friends have organised a charity ball raising funds for MS Charities.


The first year we had 180 guests, this grew to 293 last year and the interest for the next one has already been phenomenal.


Food Glorious Food

As soon as I was diagnosed I spent a great deal of time wondering how I could “cure” myself of this condition.

I have not been prescribed any medication so my 1st thought turned to supplements and an even healthier diet ( I have eaten healthily most of my adult life)  I thought by doing this it should work....right?



Positive Mental Attitude

Like most people who are diagnosed with a life changing condition when I was told I had MS I was bombarded with “pearls of wisdom” from friends and family on how to move forward.


It's taken two years

I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis 2 years, one month, one week 3 days and 7 hours ago, not that I remember it well!!

In that time I have spent a lot of energy telling people I am fine and that this condition has not stopped me doing things and hey look what I am still able to do.


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