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Happy Easter from our CEO

I am writing this blog at my desk in my home – gosh it has been a strange year. One of the nicest things about working from home is watching the garden change through the year. The only slight drawback to that is the drain on my pocket – It is exceedingly easy to spend a lot of money on the garden! And I really do have a postage stamp for a garden, so how come it takes so much…

On the other hand, it has been a real comfort during the dark winter days of this year, when we were all worried about each other, trying to keep safe, trying to follow the guidance, but only too mindful of the damage isolation and shielding was wreaking on many in our MSA community.

I can only hope that the team here at the MSA Trust have brought a little light to all our community’s lives and helped to alleviate some of the worries that people have had. Our intense gratitude goes to all the NHS teams who have worked so tirelessly throughout this pandemic to bring relief to all those affected by COVID and hopefully we have managed to fill a few gaps along the way.

During this long year, the team at the MSA Trust have not sat still, they have been developing and consolidating, learning from the community what works in zoom meetings and what doesn’t – virtual cuppas don’t particularly cut the mustard, but any port in a storm as they say – and they have been working on the new projects for the upcoming months.

At the beginning of this long year, our new research projects were just being awarded funding. Some were suspended for a while, but thankfully all are underway again. We also began the process of finding the next MSA Fellow – this time recruiting for the Sir Roger Bannister Fellowship and we are looking forward to updating you on that very soon. Our Scientific Advisory Panel have been supporting us to review and update our Research Strategy and we have developed a new Research Hub on our website to enable us to keep you better informed.

I sincerely hope this might be the last bank holiday that will be spent in partial, or any type of, lockdown and hope that very soon we will meet again, face-to-face at our support groups, or perhaps at Sarah’s Wood, or another event.

In the meantime, enjoy your garden or AN outdoor space as much as you can over the next few months.

A very Happy Easter.

Karen Walker


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