Videos etc

A Short Video – Me and My SPMS

A Short Video – Me and My SPMS

Below is a short video of me taken recently after a networking meeting. To watch the video click on the picture     I know full well that after a diagnosis of MS you may well feel shell shocked, devastated, depressed or even as if the world around you has collapsed. Despite the diagnosis MS […]

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Mobility challenges

Mobility challenges

MS is not a good disease and many sufferers have difficulty getting around. Shall we call these mobility challenges? We are all different Each MS sufferer has a unique set of problems the usual culprits are walking, mobility and balance. There are plenty more problems in case you were wondering. Here are some of my […]

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Reunited With My Scooter

Reunited With My Scooter

Man is reunited with his lifeline scooter A father has credited the power of social media with helping to reunite him with his ‘lifeline’ mobility scooter after it was was snatched by thieves. Patrick Burke’s three-wheeled scooter vanished from outside Berkhamsted’s Quaker House last Tuesday evening (9 June 2015) – but thanks to his daughter […]

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Introduction

Introduction

This video is an introduction to me and MS. It explains who I am and what I suffer from. Yes we all know its multiple sclerosis but how many of you knew the effect it has upon your life, friends and family. I want more people to understand the effects of this disease. What information […]

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Beginnings

Beginnings

It started with double vision and that led to my diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in 1995 but it had no impact on me or my family. I discovered that I had relapsing remitting MS and this morphed into secondary progressive MS in 1999/2000. The progression of the disease was very slow. bit by bit it […]

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The glass is half full

The glass is half full

I always try to see the glass as half full rather than half empty. I’m an optimist, go out and get things done. Not one of those people who sit back and let other people do things for me. Retaining this attitude with MS is even harder, I am disabled. Setting up aid4disabled has not […]

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Audioboo 2014

Audioboo 2014

Incidents that have happened to me in 2014 This is my personal or not so personal diary for the first few months of 2014 then it stopped. I’m really not too sure why it stopped. I put it on the backburner and it just stayed there. My life is full of interesting amusing events. Sometimes […]

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Audioboo 2013

Audioboo 2013

I started as an absolute beginner These are Audioboos I recorded in 2013. I started off reading from a prepared script, I gradually became more confident. By the end of the year I am finding them much easier and can start to ad-lib them. I hear other people talking and they sound more polished but […]

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BBC 3 Counties Shrink Wrapped

BBC 3 Counties Shrink Wrapped

I was interviewed for the BBC 3 Counties radio program ‘Shrink Wrapped’ Sunday 27 March 2013. Its a two hour radio show hosted by Toby Friedner I talked about my problems getting work during the last couple of years when I was a computer contractor. The show was discussing how the disabled survive in the […]

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Talk on MIX 96

Talk on MIX 96

I am sure you are all bored stiff with me banging on about being marooned on a platform at Hatfield train station. Well just in case you aren’t here is another bit of publicity. MIX 96 is a radio station that serves the Herts, Beds and Bucks area and is based in Aylesbury. Darren Scott […]

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Hemel Gazette Wednesday 3 July 2013

Hemel Gazette Wednesday 3 July 2013

You might remember the story of me trying to get to an MS Society meeting at Hatfield last month. When I got off the train at Hatfield station I was stuck on the platform unable to cross to the other platform and leave the station. The local newspaper, The Hemel Gazette published this story.   […]

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Hemel Gazette Wednesday 24th April

Hemel Gazette Wednesday 24th April

In the business section of the local newspaper, The Hemel Gazette, there is an article and picture announcing the The Dacorum Dragon’s Den competition for 2013. Last week I wrote an article all about this very same event. The article includes a video of Sophie Cox founder of Baby Moments, Chris Taylor who was one […]

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Dacorum Dragon’s Den

Dacorum Dragon’s Den

Nine months ago I was cajoled into entering the Dacorum Dragon’s Den competition. If you want to know more about it then click Dragon’s Den competition. A few weeks ago Lesley Crisp who organised last year’s event asked me to attend the opening of this year’s competition. What had winning done for me? I booked […]

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Dacorum Dragon’s Den, Talking Point Dec 2012

Dacorum Dragon’s Den, Talking Point Dec 2012

In August, Dacorum Borough Council ran a ‘Dragons’ Den’ competition where new small local companies were invited to pitch their business ideas to a panel of dragons in the hope of winning one of eight cash grants of £1,000 each. The competition attracted 31 entries. Each entry was carefully considered and 12 companies were put […]

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Dragon’s Den Interview

Dragon’s Den Interview

Several weeks after the presentation of the Dragon’s Den certificates a journalist from the local paper contacted me. He wanted to conduct a Dragon’s Den interview so he could write an article about me in the local paper, the Hemel Gazette. We met in the Berkhamsted Brasserie Blanc and talked for about an hour. No […]

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Video Dragon’s Den, the presentation

Video Dragon’s Den, the presentation

  The Dragons, Mike Penning MP, Chris Taylor from Dacorum Borough Council, Andy Cook from FFEI and Maree Atkinson from FSB A video was made in mid September of the Dragon’s Den contestants receiving their official notification. The MP Mike Penning presented each of the winners with a certificate. Meeting the other people who had also […]

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Video Dragon’s Den, after the pitch

Video Dragon’s Den, after the pitch

A video was made of the Dragon’s Den contestants after we had made our pitch. Yes I was a bit nervous Click here to see the video. Its only a couple of minutes long and I only get about 10 seconds. See if you can spot me? Dacorum Council invested money into website Yes I […]

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Three Counties Radio

Three Counties Radio

  I have a copy of my interview on Three Counties Radio. It took place on Monday 18th June 2012. I was phoned up at 8.00 that morning, I was still in bed . Luckily I woke up early that day and had my wits about me when I took the call. I was asked […]

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Disability Horizons

Disability Horizons

  An article about me and how and why the website aid4disabled came about are in the Web magazine ‘Disability Horizons’ published for the week ending 8 June 2012 Patrick Burke, who has multiple sclerosis, talks to Disability Horizons about how his own experience with disability aids have shaped his business, Aid4disabled. I am a 57-year-old […]

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Local Press

Local Press

This article appeared in the Gazette, Tring and Berkhamsted, on Wednesday 4th April.  As a follow up I had an interview on Easter Monday,9 April, with the local radio station BBC Three Counties. As a follow up they said that they would like to talk to me again in a couple of months, they like […]

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Articles published in the MS Press

Articles published in the MS Press

I have had some articles published in Multiple Sclerosis magazines.  They are talking about setting up the website, me, how I cope with disability and the disease. It is essential that I retain my independence and make sure that my quality of life continues to be as good as possible. There are certain things that […]

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