MS sufferer Dean Reilly is our first Kelly's Hero!

Today, I'm A Celebrity star and singer Jake Quickenden surprised our first Kelly's Hero - fundraising superstar and full-time single father-of-three Dean Reilly, who has defied his diagnosis with multiple sclerosis to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

Dean, 36, from Edinburgh, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) four years ago.

Despite initial shock and worry following his diagnosis, Dean, who is a father to three boys, promised himself he would never let his condition get in the way of his life.

He has since participated in a series of gruelling challenges, including the London Marathon, helping to raise thousands of pounds for MS research and support for those living with the condition.

Friend Philip Briscoe, who nominated Dean, said: "I really admire Dean. He's taken a negative and turned it into a positive. When I watch him running a marathon it reminds me that I'm healthy and I should be out doing that - he's incredible.

"He's doing all of these challenges to raise awareness and to help others."

  • MS is a condition of the central nervous system. In MS, the coating around nerve fibres is damaged, causing a range of symptoms

  • More than 100,000 people in the UK have MS

  • Symptoms usually start in your 20s and 30s and it affects almost three times as many women as men

  • Once diagnosed, MS stays with you for life, but treatments and specialists can help to manage the condition and its symptoms

  • The cause of MS is unknown there is no cure, but research is progressing fast

Do you know a special person who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to help someone in their family, neighbourhood, school, hospital or social group?

Nominate your everyday hero for a Kelly's Heroes award here and you may get a wake up call from the lovely Jake Quickenden.

Info above from Multiple SclerosisSociety

With thanks to The Glasshouse Hotel Edinburgh and Twenty Princess Street restaurant