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Tash Castle from Bourne is taking part in the South Downs Challenge 2019 in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis Society

A determined MS sufferer from Bourne is taking a stand against the condition by doing a gruelling 15-mile charity hill walk.

Tash Castle, is taking part in the South Downs Challenge on Saturday (August 31) in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The undulating walk starts in Eastbourne and takes the walkers to Alfriston and Tash will be taking part with her sister Vicky Ball, who lives in Stamford.

Tash Castle
Tash Castle

The 46 year-old mother to Toby, 10, is up for the challenge and said: “I was diagnosed with optic neuritis in October 2017 and then went for an MRI scan in February 2018.

“It was a big shock to me and everybody else at the time.

“It was just doom and gloom but I wanted to be positive.

“With MS, it’s not the end of the world and it’s not the end of your life.

“One day, I may need the MS Society’s help so it will be nice to help a very worthy cause now while I can.

“If I can raise some money and awareness then I am happy.”

Tash, a lettings negotiator, has lived in the Bourne and Stamford area since 2006 and the South Coast Challenge will take her back to her Sussex roots as she is originally from the Worthing area.

She added: “I’ll have quite a few family there supporting us like my mum and my cousins which will be good.

“I’ve never done anything like this before so we’ll see how it goes but the training has been going well.”

To sponsor Tash and Vicky, visit www.justgiving.com and search for ‘Tash Castle’.

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