Qube has come to the aid of tens of thousands of people living with multiple sclerosis by becoming the new host of the popular social networking site ‘Jooly’s Joint’ – http://www.mswebpals.org. Established in 1995 by Julie Howell, Jooly’s Joint (which is also known as MS Webpals) has for the past 15 years provided essential emotional support and friendship for people living with MS, a degenerative condition of the nervous system that affects more than 100,000 people in the UK.
Julie Howell, aged 39 from Abbots Langley in Hertforshire, was diagnosed with MS when she was just 19. For the first five years after her diagnosis, Julie says she struggled to come to terms with her condition as she didn’t know anyone else with MS to whom she could turn or support and advice. With the advent of the world wide web in the early 1990s, Julie had the inspiration to use the new electronic communications channel to help people like herself who felt isolated with MS to find other ‘MSers’ online.
Fifteen years on, Jooly’s Joint has more than 60,000 members world wide, and a thriving webpal service, message board, chat room, Twitter feed and Facebook page.
Julie has always funded Jooly’s Joint herself and with the help of free hosting from a large hosting company. However, in June 2010, Julie and the tens of thousands of people who rely on her service found themselves in dire straits when, without warning, the company that was hosting the Jooly’s Joint website suddenly switched the service off without explanation. Julie says, “Whether it was an accident or a policy to stop supporting Jooly’s Joint I may never know, but the affect that it had on the many thousands of people who depend on the Jooly’s Joint website was devastating. I found myself needing to find a new host for the site quickly, who would be prepared to sponsor Jooly’s Joint long into the future and provide the website, and its many members, with stability for years to come.”
On hearing of Julie’s plight, Qube immediately stepped in, offering to provide Jooly’s Joint with free hosting and technical support should she have any hosting problems in the future.
Polly Arrowsmith, MD of Qube says, “We could see the difficulty that they were facing and were more than happy to step in and provide a solution for this worthwhile cause”
Julie says, “On behalf of thousands of people with MS I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the team at Qube. MS makes life very uncertain, which is why a service like Jooly’s Joint is so vital for the wellbeing of people with MS. Qube is enabling me to continue to offer the Jooly’s Joint service to people with MS free of charge and in so doing has guaranteed the future of this vital, free support to people with MS for many years to come.”