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Horsham woman who lost the use of her legs over night loses five stone

Fifty-year-old Jane Burse, from Horsham, is celebrating losing five stone, and getting her life back after a hard battle with MS.



Jane decided to join WW (Weight-Watchers) in January of this year and has gone on to change her relationship with food for good.

The WW programme builds on the highly successful and effective SmartPoints® system, making it the most flexible and liveable programme ever. It encourages you to enjoy food with freedom, find what moves you physically, and gives you the skills to shift your mindset so you can focus on what really matters on your weight loss journey – taking care of yourself and living your life the way you want to.

Jane recalls the moment she decided that she would change her lifestyle. She says,

“I’ve always been a yo-yo dieter, but have never had the drive or will-power to really get to where I want to be, I’ve just never been in the right head space. But in 2011 my life changed and overnight I lost the use of my legs; this was the start of a life-changing moment, which lead to me being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. My life went into a downward spiral and as I continued to battle with my weight and activity levels, I became very depressed.”

Following from diagnosis, Jane was prescribed large amount of medication over the years, and says that this, combined with her acquiring a mobility scooter was the perfect mix for weight gain:

“I used my medication as an excuse, and as my mobility was bad, I found it hard to motivate myself to exercise. This was compounded even further when I got my mobility scooter – it gave me my independence back and enabled me to get back out into the community but did nothing for my weight!”

Jane’s weight continued to go up, until the end of 2017 when she say’s she had a ‘light-bulb moment’ about what she was doing with her life.

“I seriously thought about it and had a word with myself and following a holiday to Iceland for my fiftieth birthday where I struggled to put my seatbelt on, I really started to realise what I was doing to myself.”

Jane joined the WW Broadfield Studio in January and at the workshop, she learnt new healthy eating habits whilst still enjoying her food. Jane says,

“I knew it was now or never. The WW programme really works and I’ve been able to keep my motivation going – now I’m in the right frame of mind it’s so much easier. The WW programme means I’m able to eat real food without feeling guilty, and I love tracking on the WW app and using the barcode scanner.”

WW isn’t just about a number on a scale, and as well as losing five stone, Jane says that the greatest benefit of losing weight is being able to manage her MS;

“My MS has settled and my activity has actually increased. I can walk between 5000 and 10,000 steps a day and I’ve also started yoga which helps with my wellness and mental health. As for my scooter? It’s now been dismantled and stays in the garden shed – I don’t need it now and I’m confident I won’t need it again any time soon.”

Throughout her journey, Jane has been supported by her Wellness Coach Sharon Ashborn, who says

“I am incredibly proud of Jane. It’s been lovely to watch her grow in confidence and get her life back. As she continues to attend my workshops, I will keep supporting and encouraging her to continue with the fantastic work she’s done so far to ensure she will stay on track and take control of her goals for good.”

When asked what advice she would give to anybody else wanting to improve their health and wellbeing, Jane said,

“It’s not just about numbers, it’s about changing your life to be happy!”

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Rare sea duck saved after crash-landing in Horsham

The RSPCA was called to collect a rare sea duck (on a list of threatened species) which was believed to have been blown off course and crash landed in a Sussex garden.



The common scoter, which is an all dark sea duck was discovered in a garden at a property in Broadbridge Heath, Horsham, on the morning of November 27.

The male sea duck was unresponsive and did not appear to want to fly, and so the worried caller rang the RSPCA.

RSPCA inspector Andrew Kirby attended and took the bird to the RSPCA’s Mallydams Wood Wildlife Centre, in Hastings.

He said: “I was quite surprised when I realised what type of bird this was, and it’s quite an unusual collection for the RSPCA. It’s not a bird I have ever been called to deal with before.”

Richard Thompson, wildlife rehabilitation team manager at Mallydams, said: “The scoter is doing well. He has a small fracture on the top of the keel bone, which was probably caused when he crash landed.

“Fortunately this will heal quite well. We’ve also washed the scoter in order to remove contamination and ensure that when he goes back on the water he is fully-waterproofed. He’s now out in one of pools and is showing great improvement, all being well we hope that we can release him as early as next week.

“I am so pleased that we have been able to rehabilitate him successfully so that he can then be released back to the wild.”

Sadly the UK breeding population of this diving sea duck has declined and it is now a Red List species.

It is also protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, being listed under Schedule 1. One of the main threats to this species are oil spills as wintering populations are particularly vulnerable these as well as habitat degradation.

Last year, the animal welfare charity’s 24-hour cruelty hotline received 55,821 calls over Christmas (1 December – 31 December). More than 8,000 animals spent Christmas in our care last year.

This Christmas, the charity is asking the public to support Delivering Kindness at Christmas. To donate, please visit

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