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Dereham and Fakenham Times, Thursday, 17 April 2003

Sandie takes her campaign to London

A Dereham woman who is campaigning to raise awareness of multiple sclerosis has taken her fight to London.

Sandie Bailes, who suffers from MS herself, took her fight to raise awareness of the condition to the capital, thanks to help from Anglia Railways who offered her a pair of first class return rail tickets to London after she approached the train operator for help.

Sandie Bailes at Norwich station


Sandie, 54, travelled with her husabnd, Arthur, from Norwich as part of last week's MS Week, with herself and her wheelchair decorated from top to bottom in MS Week banners.

It was also a fact-finding trip as the couple are writing a book about the standard of disabled access on the region's public transport facilities for 'Jooly's Joint', a web site for MS sufferers.

Sandie was diagnosed with MS in 2001 and has been campaigning to raise awareness of the condition. She said: "I am very grateful to Anglia Railways for the help and support they have offered me."

Kerri Howard, Anglia Railways' communications manager, said: "We were only too pleased to offer Sandie our support for her campaign and co-operate with her research into disabled facilities on the region's public transport."



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