Bottle Bank adds to MS research

John Farmery at the bottle bank on Booths car park.
John Farmery at the bottle bank on Booths car park.
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A CHEQUE for £980 has been sent to the Multiple Sclerosis Society from the Longridge Bottle Bank appeal for collections made during 2011.

This brings the total collected over the 26 years of its operation to £28,510.

Organiser since then, John Farmery said “Taking into account the fact that the car park on which the Bottle Bank is sited has changed hands this year from Spar to Booths, and the temporary closures during periods of alterations to the car park, I think this is quite a healthy amount we have been able to send for research.”

He revealed that the MS Society has announced funding for 13 new research projects, totaling over £1.6 million of investment.

The studies include a clinical trial to measure the effectiveness of the drug amiloride as a potential treatment for protecting nerve fibres from becoming damaged; a study that aims to identify potential drug therapies to stimulate myelin repair; and a project that will explore which emotional and social skills are affected by changes to the brain caused by MS.

“It’s nice to know that we are helping in our small way to fund these projects which we hope will help to improve the quality of life for MS sufferers.

“ I would also like to express my appreciation to the staff at Booths Supermarket for their continued dedication to keeping the area around the bottle bank, and the other charity collection bins, in a clean and tidy condition.”