A LONG-SERVING volunteer for the MS Society in Salisbury has been recognised for 40 years of service.

John Kellman was presented with the Shining Star Award on Monday by Karen Tucker the MS Society local networks officer for the south.

He started volunteering for the society six years after his wife was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS).

MS is a neurological condition that affects the nerves and is caused when the immune system is not working properly.

John helped MS patients across the district as a driver would collect up to five a month for monthly social clubs.

With his background in accounting, he was asked to take on the role as treasurer which he gladly accepted. He has now handed the mantle over to Phil Badley.

John said he was proud to receive the award and said: "I'm glad to have got this.

"It is a surprise really."

He added: "They are a good group and I hope they are well known in Salisbury for what they do and what they are prepared to do."

To celebrate John's achievement, the Salisbury MS Society will be having a special meal to mark the occasion in the coming weeks and to thank him for his work.

Emma Johnson, of Salisbury MS Society, said: "John has been fundamental to us. He is someone we all aspire to be like."

John is still committed to helping the Salisbury MS Society as a member of the committee and is still volunteering.

n Salisbury MS Society is looking to bolster its numbers and is keen to hear from anyone affected by MS.

The group is also looking for volunteers to lend a hand especially those keen to organise events.

Anyone interested in finding out more is asked to call 07847 805472 or email salisbury@mssociety.org.uk.

The events, support and information provided by the society are available to anyone living in the area.