MS fundraiser

Barbara Tinsley
Barbara Tinsley
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MS Society fundraiser Barbara Tinsley, of Tydd St Giles, is holding a coffee morning on what would have been her golden wedding anniversary with her husband John, who died almost 10 years ago after living with multiple sclerosis for eight years.

The event is at Barbara’s home on Saturday (November 30) and she is aiming to raise £500. There will be coffee and cakes, a raffle, bric-a-brac, guess the weight of the cake and items for sale. Barbara raises over £1,000 each year for the Society by taking part in the charity’s annual Cake Break fundraiser.

John was diagnosed with primary progressive MS when he was 56. Said Barbara: “John ended up in wheelchair and couldn’t walk. He had to use a stairlift and a hoist to get into bed. But his brain stayed active and when he died he was the world expert on digital cameras, people brought them from around the world for him to see. He reviewed cameras for the professional photographic press.

“John had been a commercial photographer but when the MS set in he couldn’t get out so he started writing reviews instead. He worked right up until the end. He had a good life and he just got on with it. It is a nasty condition which is why I do what I do to raise money.”