Praise for man helping to unite people with MS

David Roberts, 41, from Wymondham, and his wife Ann. Mr Roberts has been selected as a finalist in t

David Roberts, 41, from Wymondham, and his wife Ann. Mr Roberts has been selected as a finalist in the 2016 MS Society Awards for his social media community ‘The Face of MS’, created to bring people with multiple sclerosis (MS) together from across the world. - Credit: Archant

A father from Wymondham with multiple sclerosis (MS) is being honoured for his efforts to unite people with the condition from across the world via social media.

David Roberts, 41, is one of three finalists for a 'digital media of the year' prize at the MS Society Awards, which will be announced next Wednesday.

Mr Roberts created and manages a Facebook group called 'The Face of MS', which gives members a forum to encourage and support each other.

Mr Roberts said he was thrilled about his nomination.

He said: 'I'm amazed. It's wonderful to know there are people who really appreciate what I've been doing. I really don't do what I do for the recognition.'

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He added: 'I do it so people in our community feel supported and more confident, and to be rewarded for that is remarkable. This nomination is not just for me; it's for the people of the The Face of MS group who have made our forum a vibrant community.'

The Face of MS has gained more than 1,500 members over the past two years. Mr Roberts' wife Ann, who nominated him for the award, said he had done his best to help people with MS since he was diagnosed in 2007.

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She said: 'He first started supporting people with MS when he set up a local group for people to meet at once a month to chat and share experiences.'

MS Society chief executive Michelle Mitchell said: 'The MS Society Awards are our way of recognising the amazing achievements of people with MS and those who go above and beyond the call of duty in supporting people with the condition.

'We are proud to have David as one of this year's finalists, and we are looking forward to welcoming him to our awards ceremony later this month.'

The awards will be held at Bishopsgate in London, and will be hosted by Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills, who is also an MS Society ambassador.

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