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Swanscombe drop-in centre founder calls for volunteer recognition

PUBLISHED: 09:37 21 April 2011

Annette Garland

Annette Garland

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»The founder of a drop-in centre for multiple sclerosis sufferers, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary, is urging those indebted to volunteers and carers to give them the recognition they 
deserve.

Annette Garland, 56, of St George’s Crescent, Gravesend, was diagnosed with the neurological disease 11 years ago but responded by setting up a weekly drop-in centre at St Peter’s and St Paul’s church hall, Swanscombe, in 2006.

Her work with fellow sufferers saw her highly commended at the MS Society Awards last year and she is urging others to nominate those who offer support and help.

She said: “If it wasn’t for my volunteering I would be sat at home vegetating. It gives you a purpose, but also on receiving my nomination I realised how many people’s lives I was influencing. It’s a wonderful feeling.

“There must be lots of other people out there who deserve recognition for their hard work so get online and nominate them now, before it’s too late.”

The closing date for nominations is today and people can enter at www.mssociety.org.uk/awards.

Swanscombe MS drop-in centre is open 11am to 3pm on Thursday for anyone affected by the disease.

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