Welcome to Pebble Beach Studios.

A new charitable venture will open in Kilmelford from the 2nd of April 2017. Pebble Beach Studio in Degnish Road will be open on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 2pm - 4pm, selling second-hand books and local art, with all profits going to the local MS Therapy Centre in Lochgilphead. Multiple sclerosis, often abbreviated to MS, is a neurological condition that affects the nerves in the brain and spinal cord (the central nervous system).

MS is a lifelong condition. It is rarely fatal, however most people with MS live on average about 10 years less than other people. It is not infectious or contagious so it can't be passed on to other people.

MS is the most common condition of the central nervous system affecting young adults. Over 100,000 people in the UK have MS which is about one in every 600, with over 11,000 of those being in Scotland. This makes MS more common in Scotland than most other countries in the world. It is nearly three times more common in women than in men. Most people are diagnosed in their 20s and 30s but it can also be diagnosed in younger and older people.

There is no cure for MS, however appropriate therapies and support can be a significant help to people with MS. These are not available through the NHS or other government support agencies, but are provided by local charity groups, in the form of MS Therapy Centres. These Centres provide vital services to help people live with this debilitating condition; however they often struggle to collect sufficient funds to provide services and stay open.

Each Centre is an independent charity, providing a range of therapies including oxygen treatment, physiotherapy, massage, and tailored exercise classes such as yoga and pilates, and a variety of support such as general drop-in chats to counselling to dietary advice. Each MS therapy centre relies on dedicated volunteers and donors who give freely of their time and money to help people with MS.

Pebble Beach Studio will provide support to the MS Therapy Centre in Lochgilphead, and is being run by Hafrun, who was first diagnosed with MS 28 years ago and is now, like so many other MSers, a full-time wheelchair user. It is Hafrun's hope that, by opening Pebble Beach Studio selling local art and donated second-hand books, she will be able to contribute to the provision of these essential services.

As mentioned above, Pebble Beach Studio will open on the 2nd of April, and will be open on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 2pm - 4pm until the 1st of November. I look forward to seeing many people showing their support.