Mum with MS gets set for daring fire walk

C121329-2 Bog Helen Fire Walk  phot kate''Helen Pullen who is  preparing for her fire walk at Gun Wharf Quays in Portsmouth, which she is doing to raise money for MS which she suffers from.C121329-2
C121329-2 Bog Helen Fire Walk phot kate''Helen Pullen who is preparing for her fire walk at Gun Wharf Quays in Portsmouth, which she is doing to raise money for MS which she suffers from.C121329-2
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A MOTHER-of-three with multiple sclerosis will walk on fire to raise money for fellow sufferers.

Helen Pullen, 40, from Felpham, was first diagnosed with MS when she was 25.

She has three children: Edward, 17, Thomas, ten, and Charlie, six.

On bonfire night she will be walking across hot coals burning at about 1,200°F in Portsmouth’s Gunwharf Quays to raise money for the Chichester and Bognor branches of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The society have provided Helen with a mobility scooter, and she is now able to take her children to school and join in walks and bike rides with them and her husband Martin, 40.

Mrs Pullen said the society have ‘given me back a life’.

“MS for me is like wearing weights on my ankles and wrists, every movement has to be thought about,” she said.

“Life gets a bit more tricky when you have to think about zips and buttoning up clothes.”

Helen will receive two hours’ training on the day before she takes her first steps onto the hot coals at 8pm.

As well as supplying her with a scooter, the society has also helped Mrs Pullen come to terms with the condition, and given a lot of additional support.

She said: “The emotional support of meeting up once a month for a meal and a drink has made me finally accept my condition.

“Knowing I am not the only one out there who feels like this has made such a difference.

“I have been accused of being drunk in the past because of my walking and slurred speech, not a good look on the school run.”

Anyone who would like to sponsor Helen in her attempt to raise money for the local branches of the MS Society, can visit 
http://beatms.mssociety.org.uk/netcommunity/HelensFire-walk