Sian Southward, Head of Programmes at Overcoming MS, shared her thoughts on the day:

“It was wonderful to be part of our third Pop-Up event in Bristol, meeting the community and hearing their inspiring stories of hope. It was lovely to see Circle members meeting each other for the first time and those wanting to learn more from speaking to other guests and from our inspirational speakers talking about their lived experience of following the Overcoming MS Program.

This is the start of a long awaited return to in-person events for Overcoming MS, and we want to continue to encourage and support our community to seek out opportunities to meet with others following the Program and make those invaluable connections”.

Inspiring guest speakers at Bristol’s Pop-Up event:

We heard from four brilliant speakers, each with a different perspective:

  • Overcoming MS Facilitator, Dr Rachael Hunter, gave an informative overview of the Overcoming MS Program.
     
  • Yasmin Neves, member of the Cardiff Circle, shared her personal story from when she was newly diagnosed to the present day, as well as the everyday pressures a person can feel living with MS.
     
  • Erica Simpson, Ambassador of the Bristol Circle, inspired the audience with her journey to Overcoming MS and how the Program has supported her.
     
  • Kellie Baron, Ambassador of the Cardiff Circle, presented alongside Dr Rachael Hunter as they looked back at the past 11 years of the Overcoming MS Charity. 

Rachael giving talk
Rachael Hunter gave an informative overview of the Overcoming MS Program.

Feedback from our Pop-Up events has been overwhelmingly positive, with one attendee saying:

“Thank you so much for organising the event! It’s been so useful to listen to people’s personal stories and how much hope Overcoming MS has given people living with MS.”

People talking
Circle members came together to meet-up and meet new faces

When is our next UK Pop-Up event?

Our fourth and final UK Pop-Up event this year will take place in Guildford, Surrey on Saturday 14th October. More details will be released soon! If you would like to find out more, please email events@overcomingms.org.

We know that our community spans the globe, and would love to reach more communities in the UK and beyond. We would love to hear about your Circle meet-ups and what you get up to. Email digital@overcomingms.org to share your story so we can share your story with the community.