A MUM from Bromsgrove with multiple sclerosis is starring in a campaign for the MS Society.

Susie Land, along with her daughter Alice, features in a series of photographs by celebrity photographer Louis Browne and along with 19 others from across the UK, to create ‘The MS Connection’.

The campaign is backed by Mumford and Sons bassist, Ted Dwane, and aims to highlight the impact loneliness can have on people living with MS.

Susie was diagnosed with relapsing MS in 2010 and said the disease made her isolate herself.

"After a while I just stopped going out, I couldn’t bring myself to socialise.

"A large part of the problem was I didn’t want to admit what was happening – and being on your own means you don’t have to face up to it. My parents could see my world slowly shrinking around me and decided to buy me a scooter. Life is different with a scooter, but it’s getting back on track," Susie added.

“My daughter Alice is only 13 but she does so much for me. It’s not the life I would have chosen for her, but we’re doing OK. I also have a really good friend who helps me with things like shopping. She has a spare key and everything, and when I had a funny turn once she sat up with me all night. So even though life going forward will be different, I know I’ve got the right people beside me.

“I wanted to take part in the exhibition to tell my story, and hope it will help others realise how many of us are going through the same thing. No one should have to face MS alone.”

In the UK, MS affects more than 100,000 people and a survey found six in 10 people with the disease felt lonely.

Mumford and Sons bassist, Ted Dwane said: “Mum was diagnosed at around the time I started touring, and my sister moved to Australia.

"It was a period of huge change for my parents and we weren’t there for them in the way we wanted to be. Having the right support can change everything, and ultimately both my sister and I made a conscious decision to move back closer to home.

"A lot of people with MS simply don’t have that network, and can end up feeling totally left out of society.”

Ed Holloway, MS Society director of services and support, said: “Anybody can be lonely, but we know from our research that loneliness is an issue which disproportionately affects people living with MS.

"The MS Society offers a whole host of support, including a free helpline, information and grants. Our local groups are based all around the UK, and provide friendship, social events and support to those affected by the condition. To think 60% of people with MS are lonely is shocking and we hope ‘The MS Connection’ will encourage people to get in touch with us and join the fantastic community that’s out there.”