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Group Coordinator is a Coronation Champion!

Congratulations to Sharon Hier, Group Coordinator of our Swansea and District Group!

Sharon's one of 500 outstanding volunteers in the UK (29 from Wales) to be chosen as the nation's Coronation Champions.

Photo: Sharon Hier with Wales' First Minister, Mark Drakeford

The award was made in recognition of Sharon's commitment to the MS community across Swansea and Carmarthenshire. While living with relapsing remitting MS herself, she raises awareness of MS and does all she can to improve the lives of others affected by it.

When she isn’t organising group services and activities to support the MS community, Sharon thrives on a fundraising challenge. So she roller skated a marathon in her back garden while shielding during lockdown. And did a zip wire in North Wales when she doesn't like speed and is terrified of heights!

You can read Sharon's volunteering story here.

Sharon will receive a special pin and a certificate signed by the King and Queen. And she was given tickets to the Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle on May 7.

Sharon said: "I'm so delighted, nobody volunteers to get recognition, but it gives you a real boost when you get it."

"MS can be relentless for many of us. It’s important that we improve awareness of the condition and support those affected by it. I do what I can to keep everyone connected and supported. It’s been difficult during the pandemic and it’s great to be back doing our activities again like our regular boccia sessions. We’re even trying out new activities like bush craft, accessible surfing and cycling. We have something for everyone living with MS in the area.”

MS Society Cymru Director, Shelley Elgin, said: “Our volunteers do an incredible job in supporting people living with and affected by MS in Wales and Sharon is exceptional. She works so hard to organise community activities and events, and to make improvements for everyone who lives with MS in the area."

"There are many people living with MS who live alone and look forward to Sharon’s weekly socials — to have a good laugh and some company. Sharon is a highly respected and trusted member of the local MS community and we're all bursting with pride that her efforts have been recognised in this way.”