From Bushmills to Brighton - A Journey with Multiple Sclerosis

A doctor from Northern Ireland will be undertaking the challenge of a lifetime, cycling a 600-mile challenge to raise money for charity Overcoming MS – a challenge all the tougher for his own diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS).
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Dr Jonathan White decided to mark his 40th birthday and his 10th anniversary since first experiencing symptoms to support the charity that has redefined his life with MS, by cycling from his home town in Bushmills, Northern Ireland, leaving on Thursday 9 May, to Brighton, where he arrives on Saturday 18th May.

Dr White's challenge is not just a personal milestone but a beacon of hope and possibility for the 130,000 people living with MS in the UK. He said: “I want to prove to myself and our community that a completely average 40-year-old, living with MS for the best part of a decade, can challenge himself physically and mentally, and achieve something just a little bit special.”

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His journey will culminate in the delivery of a bottle of award-winning Bushmills Whiskey to Overcoming MS President and Founder, Linda Bloom, at the Brighton and Hove Albion stadium. Linda Bloom, who also has MS, is married to the owner of Brighton and Hove Albion football club, Tony Bloom, and Dr White is also an ardent Seagulls fan.

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Overcoming MS President and Founder Linda Bloom, says: “This is such a meaningful challenge for Jonny to undertake. It will shine a positive light on living with MS, giving hope and optimism to people with MS and their families, seeing what is possible after an MS diagnosis. I wish Jonny all the very best as he embarks on this awe-inspiring journey.”

As Medical Advisor to Overcoming MS, Dr White’s commitment extends beyond personal achievement. He said: “It’s hard to put into words what Overcoming MS means to me. In the darkest of times, it was a beacon of real hope and the path for me to follow, giving me the very best odds of living a full and healthy life with MS. I haven’t looked back since.”

Join us in supporting Dr Jonathan White on his incredible journey, a testament to what is possible for those facing life with MS and the transformative power of hope, science, and community. To donate, please visit his Just Giving page at and follow his journey on Overcoming MS social media channels.