Season’s greetings to you all!
I’ve recently done some digging around the MS-UK office and found one lonely Mini Myles hanging out under our Christmas tree!
This gave me an idea!
I thought: What better way to get the baubles rolling for the start of the festive season than with a competition to send this Mini Myles to a new home for Christmas!
The competition is really simple; just answer this question and email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
What was the Festive Frolic that happened earlier in the month that we wrote a blog for?
Please send in your answers by 14 December! If you get it right, your name will go into a hat and the lucky winner will be announced on the 15 December! We will then send you the mini Myles and one of our festive goody bags ready for Christmas!
And don’t forget it’s not too late to host a Festive Frolic fundraiser of your own! It could be something small like a winter warmer coffee morning at work or an impromptu Christmas dinner for friends and family. Just do something festive to fundraise and tell me about it here!
Good luck with the competition!
Have you joined our Social Group at one of their coffee mornings yet?
If the answer is no, is it because, like me, the very words ‘coffee morning’ conjure up an image of little old dears sitting around in a village hall and putting the world to rights?!
Well then, I’m here to tell you that nothing could be further from the truth!
For a start, the Social Group are a lively bunch just on their own, but throw in a dozen or more other ‘MSers’, and what you’ve got is something that might be more suitably named a ‘giggle gathering’ or a ‘laughter lunch’.
Whatever the name, it is an opportunity for people living with MS (or other neurological conditions), to get together in a relaxed and friendly environment (you can’t get any more relaxed than a local pub!), to share their stories and experiences (and bad jokes), support each other through the not-so-good days – and most importantly- be themselves.
There is much to be gained from spending time with other people that absolutely ‘get it’, not least the realisation that you are not alone.
So please do come along to the next ‘coffee morning’….yes it’s held in the morning.…but there’s more than just coffee on the menu!
Held on the second Tuesday of every month from 11am at:
The Berechurch Arms
177 Shrub End Road
Plenty of parking and wheelchair accessible
Tuesday 14 February 2017
Tuesday 28 February 2017
Tuesday 14 March 2017
Friday 03 March 2017 – 2pm
at Perrywood Garden Centre
Today we’ll be celebrating at the David ‘Teddy’ Thomas Champions Lunch in London, an annual event organised to raise funds for MS-UK. Hosted by Louise Thomas, the event has raised over £300,000 for MS-UK over the years!
This year will be particularly special, as we will be bestowing a ‘Friend of MS-UK’ award to Louise.
Louise’s journey with MS-UK actually began through her husband, late English cricketer David ‘Teddy’ Thomas. Diagnosed at the age of 29, David began supporting MS-UK and did so until he sadly passed away in 2012. Louise, his widow, has worked tirelessly over the years to make the David ‘Teddy’ Thomas Champions Lunch an annual success ever since.
Louise will be among just five people recognised as Friends of MS-UK in 2016. Congratulations Louise, and here’s to another great lunch!
Head of Fundraising
P.S. You can read all about Friends of MS-UK and the inspiring individuals who have received this award in our latest issue of New Pathways magazine. Subscribe online, or search for My MS-UK in your app store to start reading today.
We can’t quite believe it, but we are celebrating our 100th issue of New Pathways!
That’s right…100 issues of our magazine have been lovingly written, edited and published for people affected by multiple sclerosis.
Of course, this issue is packed full of all the latest MS news plus our usual features such as Cook’s Report and we catch up with Stephanie Millward post-Rio.
You can read about the history of New Pathways right from the beginning in an exclusive article from founding editor Judy Graham, and discover how it all started 16 years ago.
Don’t forget, you can subscribe online to receive the magazine, or just search for ‘My MS-UK’ in your app store to start reading the digital version right away.