A KIND-HEARTED volunteer who has helped multiple sclerosis patients and their families for 25 years has retired.

Jackie Chapman, 75, of New Earswick, has stepped down as chair of the York & District Branch of the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society.

For the past quarter of a century Jackie has been involved with the charity, and for the past 14 years she has worked at the MS Café, which is well attended by many people with MS and their families at New Earswick Folk Hall.

Janette Griffin, said on behalf of the MS Society: "This is a unique club, which Jackie has been involved with. Much valued by the members, it gives them an opportunity to meet up for lunch with friends in a lively social atmosphere.

"It is important that all those affected by MS be encouraged to participate in activities to keep spirits up and avoid loneliness and despair.

"Thanks to Jackie, this has been possible and her devotion to the branch has been tireless and exceptional."

Jackie's retirement follows that of Pat Hardy, Dianne Fairclough, Brenda Dobson, and Judith Murgatroyd - known as Charlie's Angels - who recently scaled down their work after 20 years, having raised the enormous amount of £100,000 for the charity.

In her role as chair Jackie helped communicate the needs of people with MS living in York to the Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group.

She has also been involved with York Carers' Forum having spent many years caring for others.

The charity said volunteers are always welcome, especially drivers, to help keep the café going. Anyone interested in supporting this should contact branch transport manager, Gordon Holtby on 01904 410255 for further details.