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Last blog for 2015...

Posted on: December 23 2015


OK lovely people – this is it! The Fundraising team’s last blog of the year and what a year it has been!!!

Thank you to everyone who has fundraised for MS-UK this year and thank you if you have helped by volunteering at one of our events. We simply could not do without your support – THANK YOU!!

The MS-UK office will be closed from 5pm on Wednesday 23 December and will re-open on Monday 04 January.

We will be back blogging on Tuesday 05 January so check back in with us for lots of New Year news!!

See you all soon!

Abi, Mark, Mike and Anna

Need to talk?

Posted on: December 22 2015

Over the Christmas period, MS-UK will be closed from 5pm on Wednesday 23 December until 9am on Monday 04 January 2016. During this time, our Helpline will be closed as well.

If you need to talk, about anything, during this time, there are several organisations which offer support over the telephone or online.


You can visit the Samaritans website at or call 116 123 (UK) 24/7, 365 days a year. Samaritans can help you explore your options so you can make decisions that are right for you.


The Mind Infoline is open on Christmas Eve until 4pm, then reopens on Tuesday 29 December. Visit the Mind website at call 0300 123 3393.

NHS 111

111 is the NHS non-emergency number. It is free to call, and you can speak to an advisor about your symptoms and seek medical help in a non life-threatening situation. This is open 24/7, 365 days a year.

Visit the NHS 111 web page at or call 111.

Wishing you a safe and happy Christmas and New Year, and we’ll see you all in 2016!

From all of us at MS-UK

Winter Appeal

Posted on: December 17 2015

thursday-17-dec.jpgMS-UK needs your help this winter and there is no better way of getting involved than by donating to our Winter Appeal.

Our Helpline is being contacted by more and more people affected by MS each year that need our help.

Just follow these three easy steps to see your donation make a big difference to MS-UK.

1. Go to our Winter Appeal page
2. Click donate and follow the quick and easy steps
3. Your donation has been made

Thank you all for your amazing support through Winter Appeal – we are really close to hitting our target of £4,000, your support will help ensure we can get there!

01206 226500

'Look after yourselves, and let others look after you.'

Posted on: December 16 2015

We are proud to present our first ever 'guest blog'. This article is from Bernie, and we hope you enjoy it. If you would like to write for MS-UK, just email to find out more about what's involved. Thank you for sending this in Bernie! ‘There are some selfish people in this world’; ‘Everyone is out looking after themselves’.

Bernie Matthews, Guest Blogger

This may be true to some extent – let’s face it, we are a pretty rum lot -, but since Multiple Sclerosis has turned my life upside-down, and changed me from ‘the bloke who races everywhere’ to ‘that bloke with a stick’, I have come to look differently on peoples’ attitudes towards me.

When I am walking through a crowd and heading towards someone, they will either smirk apologetically or say “sorry” long before they have reached me and had the chance to commit any heinous crime towards me.

While this has a certain comedy value, it is easy to dismiss these attitudes as condescending, but the truth is that almost all of these people mean well and want to help if they can, even if it is just by swerving out of your way.

We are mostly, putting our egos aside for a moment, very vulnerable people and, as much bravado that we put on, and as many internet stories we read of miraculous recoveries, we can’t yet beat this illness.

I believe that we have an intrinsic need to help those that we can, and that dismissing these peoples’ attempts to help is both ungracious and hurtful to them.

Any help is good and let’s not get hung up on the fact that few people, unless closely affected by our illness, are very conversant with it.

Before I had been diagnosed with MS in 2011, I had also thought that the milk of human kindness had turned to cheese, but the illness has awakened me to the fact that there are an awful lot of good people out there.

Keep exercising and keep smiling, but there comes a time when we need to hold our hands up and accept the help that is offered without cynicism, and make our lives easier. Look after yourselves, and let others look after you.


Posted on: December 15 2015

With the weather turning chilly, it’s time to get your woolly jumpers, scarves, hats, gloves, socks and whatever else you have to keep you warm! Oh and not forgetting your #WearYourWoolly selfies!

And in true spirit the Essex Flames Cheerleading Squad took it one step further… Not only taking lots of selfies, but stunting, jumping and dancing in their woollies!!



And to top it off, they also put together a whole #WearYourWoolly day at the University of Essex Colchester campus with the Students Union. Getting everyone in the Christmas spirit before they break for the holidays!!


So think you can do one better? Got a woolly you can’t wait to show off?


Take your selfie! Text WINT15 £2 to 70070! Upload it to your Facebook and Twitter and tag your friends!

It’s time to #WearYourWoolly

#WearYourWoolly is here!

Posted on: December 14 2015

Hi everyone,

This week is #WearYourWoolly for MS-UK, and we know you love getting dressed up to raise awareness and some donations for a great cause!

We have already reached 44% of our target for our Winter Appeal, but we still have over halfway to go.

If I can do it, so can you!

Thank you to everyone who has already sent in a #WearYourWoolly selfie – you guys are great! You can see the photos on our Facebook hall of fame if you want to get some inspiration.

So, get snapping your selfies and don’t forget to donate. Good luck!

Laura May 

Marketing Manager, MS-UK

P.S. You can donate by text message as well. Just text WINT15 £2 to 70070.

Well done Tom!

Posted on: December 10 2015

Tom Carr ready to go!

We thought we’d write a little follow up, from our blog last week about Tom Carr, who bravely stepped in to help his friend Tom Pope by taking part in a boxing match. Well, it paid off – he won!

Tom Pope has been putting on multiple fundraising events whilst training for the Marathon Des Sables, and his aim is to raise £10,000 for MS-UK. He had planned on taking part in a boxing match, but because of an injury he had to pull out. But Tom ‘the carbonator’ Carr couldn’t let his good friend miss out on such a great fundraising opportunity, so he got into the ring and took his place!

Tom Carr fought three rounds at the Clapham Grand for his dear friend, in front of about 500 people! The referee stopped it in the third. Tom’s help takes the donation on Tom Pope’s fundraising past £7000 as well, so it really will make a difference!

Well done to both Toms!

You can find out more about Tom Pope’s challenges and make a contribution online at

12 Days of Christmas…

Posted on: December 08 2015

Download the kit now!

Well luckily we actually have 17 days before Christmas day – so plenty of time to spread a little Christmas cheer, grab some friends and raise some money!

From mulled wine and mince pie nights, to wrapping your friends and families presents, we have loads of ideas to help you do some fundraising this Christmas.

Check out the 12 Days of Christmas toolkit here to get some more ideas on ways to spread the joys of Christmas.

Don’t forget to let us know all the great things you have been getting up to, or for any more ideas email me at

Happy Fundraising!


Could you be an MS-UK blogger?

Posted on: December 07 2015


John.jpgAs we near a new year, we’ve been thinking about all the ways we can raise awareness of multiple sclerosis. That’s where you come in!

Personal stories can be a great way of raising awareness of MS, while celebrating the voices of real people affected by MS. We’re looking for guest bloggers to write short articles for us in 2016 (about 400 words), so if you’re a keen writer and have a story to share, get in touch.

What we like to publish on our blog

  • Personal stories from real people affected by MS that show all the many experiences of living with MS
  • MS-UK news about our campaigns, and how people like you have got involved
  • Fundraising successes and forthcoming events by people out there supporting MS-UK
  • Positive messages. We want to empower people affected by MS to make the most of today and live life to the full!

Just email me at today, and I will send you a copy of our blog guidelines. Or you can visit our website to download them.

Thanks everyone, and I look forward to hearing from you!


Website Manager, MS-UK

Stepping in for a friend

Posted on: December 03 2015

Tom Carr is stepping in!

One of our dedicated fundraisers, Tom Pope, has been preparing for one of the toughest races on Earth – the Marathon Des Sables. To raise a whopping £10,000 for MS-UK, Tom is taking part in lots of events up to his finale, to keep the sponsor money coming in.

Tom lost his mum last year to a degenerative neurological condition that she fought bravely for 10 years. Tom says, ‘watching my mum cope with this and witnessing her strength was so humbling. She has already inspired me to do many things but running the Marathon Des Sables will be the most extreme of those to date. With her passing, I wanted to do something that most people tell themselves they can’t and something I hope will continue to make her proud, keeping a smile on her face through my own strength and focus.’

Tom’s last event of 2015 is meant to be a boxing match tonight in London. However, sometimes things don’t always go to plan!

Unfortunately, Tom has sustained a rib injury. He isn’t able to take part in the boxing match, and he was really worried he wouldn’t be able to continue his fundraising efforts for MS-UK. But then a very good friend has unbelievably offered to step in!

So, this blog is a dedicated ‘thank you and good luck’’ to the lovely Tom Carr who is taking Tom’s place tonight at the boxing match. He’ll fight three rounds at the Clapham Grand for his dear friend, in front of about 500 people!

Tom Pope is very humbled by this gesture. ‘He knew Mum, and he’s just stepped in. I can’t thank him enough, and it goes to show how generous people can be when they’re doing something for an amazing cause.’

You can find out more about Tom Pope’s challenges and make a contribution online at

Good luck!