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People Connected With MS Invited To Join Bowls Sessions
It is one of the most gentle and sedate sports or pastimes which you can possibly take up, which is why it proves such a popular hit with people of a certain age. But people of all ages are currently being invited to attend a special crown green bowls- themed event which will shortly take place at Beacon Park in the centre of Lichfield in Staffordshire.

Beacon Park
Learn about MS during drop-in bowls sessions in Lichfield

The event in question, which takes place on the bowling green at Beacon Park on May 31, is a Multiple Sclerosis, or MS Awareness Day, with everyone welcome to take part in the bowls-themed activities entirely for free. The awareness day has been jointly organised by Lichfield District Council's parks and sports developments teams. They have joined forces with the MS Society to hold the awareness day in Lichfield.

Beacon Park
Beacon Park bowling green

The park's bowling greens will be opened up to all players on Wednesday 31 May, between 10am and 1pm, with the aim of raising awareness of multiple sclerosis. At the same time, the event is intended as a fun way for people to try a new activity. The message being put forward by the local authority and the MS Society is that staying active when you have multiple sclerosis is important because it can help manage the symptoms, such as the stiffening of muscles, as well as improving people's health and mood. The free session is aimed at anyone living with MS or for anyone who wants to find out more about the condition and how playing bowls could help.

Beacon Park
Lichfield's Beacon Park

Councillor Iain Eadie, Cabinet Member for Leisure at Lichfield District Council, said: "Multiple Sclerosis can have many symptoms including problems with sight, movement, sensation and balance, and it's really important to raise awareness about this condition. Although primarily aimed at people who have MS, everyone is welcome to come to this drop-in session. There will be plenty of bowls activities for all abilities on the day, so come along and join in." There are currently thought to be around 100,000 people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the UK. MS is a condition which can affect the brain and/or spinal cord, causing a wide range of symptoms, including problems with vision, arm or leg movement, sensation or balance. It is a lifelong condition that can sometimes cause serious disability, although the symptoms can also be mild on occasion.

Further information about MS can be found by visiting the MS Society online or by calling 0808 800 8000.
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Why? Try Your Hand At Bowls During Special Drop-In Session
When: 31 May 2017
Where: Beacon Park, Swan Road, Lichfield WS13 6QZ
Cost: Free
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