Treetops was lifeline for woman with MS

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Brenda Homiak was a fit and active 41-year-old when she started getting pain in her leg.

When the pain got worse she went to her GP who arranged a hospital appointment.

Within two weeks she had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

On Friday Brenda, 47, known as ‘B’ took part in the annual Treetops Hospice moonlight walk which see hundreds of women trickle through the streets of Derby to raise funds for the hospice, which helps people with life-limiting illnesses.

B, from Long Eaton, said she doesn’t know where she’d be without Treetops.

She said: “I was a fit person and used to do sport. When I was diagnosed with MS it was a bit of a shock for some who’s always been out and about.

“It didn’t sink in straight away, then the symptoms started rearing their ugly head.”

B uses a wheelchair for long distances but is adamant that MS is not going to get the better of her.

She said: “I had never done the moonlight walk before. It was absolutely fantastic. The atmosphere was amazing. I was one of only four guests to take part out of 700 women.”

The walk raised £55,000 for end of life care and bereavement support for families in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.