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Taking it all in at the MS Trust conference

Posted on: November 14 2017

Hi everyone,

On Monday 13 November Nileema (our Counselling Coordinator) and myself went along to the MS Trust conference in Hinckley, Leicester!

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The MS Trust is a UK charity that produce multiple sclerosis (MS) information and support MS specialist health professionals. This year they celebrated their 21st annual conference, welcoming some 300 guests to learn, share expertise and focus on improving care for people living with MS.

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We went along to seminars about sharing best practice and understanding MS and mental health. At the plenary session we learnt more about high risk MS drugs and keeping safe, as well as understanding and supporting risk perception to people with MS. All of the speakers were excellent, and it was a fantastic day.

Nileema and I also spoke to people about our new service – MS-UK Counselling. This is a brand new telephone counselling service for people living with MS in the UK. You can find out more and register on our website at www.ms-uk.org/counselling.

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Thank you to the MS Trust for making us feel so welcome, and thank you to all of the MS professionals who stopped by our stand and chatted with us.

Looking forward to next year’s conference!

Laura

Laura May

Marketing Manager

12 days of Christmas fundraising!

Posted on: November 10 2017

12-days-image.jpgThe MS-UK fundraising team are being busy little Christmas elves organising all the fun events for the festive season! Here are our ‘12 Days of Christmas’ fun ideas to support MS-UK in the run up to Christmas…

  1. Guess the candy canes in a jar. Charge £1 per go. You could use any seasonal treat or to make it harder by using dried fruit!
  2. Festive hat day! Why not get your colleagues involved and get them to have a wear a festive hat day at your place of work for a contribution to MS-UK? Other Christmas clothing could be an alternative.
  3. Name the Christmas toy. £1 a go. Choose a name from a list (we can provide one). When all the names have been chosen put the names in a (Santa) hat and film the person picking out the winning name!
  4. Give a gift online. Why not donate to MS-UK instead of sending Christmas cards this year?
  5. Christmas swear jars. Ban a particular Christmas word and if a colleague/family member is heard saying it they have to put a ‘fine’ into the jar.
  6. Christmas craft party. Charge an entry fee, and lead them to create a design. Supply some nibbles and a drink, and you’ll have a fab night.
  7. Christmas beard competition. Challenge your male friends to grow a Santa beards in return for donations.
  8. Card creations. Make your own festive Christmas cards this year and sell them to your friends in aid of MS-UK.
  9. Host a Christmas dinner party! Rather than having your annual Christmas get together with your friends at a bar or restaurant, get your pals to follow a ‘pay as you feel’ policy and cook them a festive feast at home! Donate the proceeds (if there are any, depending on your culinary abilities) to MS-UK!
  10. Get quizzing! Approach your local pub and see if they would be interested in hosting a Christmas quiz night for you. Charge per participant or by team to enter. You could even see if they will donate a prize to the winning team like a case of wine.
  11. Bake. Everybody likes cake, and now is the perfect excuse to have a slice. Why not take some festive cakes into your place of work, hold a stall at your childrens school Christmas bazaar or take along to a social group you attend. Get friends and family to join in too, the more the merrier!
  12. Sing, sing, sing! Love to sing? Why not create your own festive jukebox? Get friends and family to donate for you to sing their favourite Christmas song. You could even charge for extras such as wearing fancy dress or doing a duet. Film yourself doing them and share on social media with a link to your online fundraising page!

Order a fundraising pack today and you'll get a free Christmas collection box! Email Jenny or call 01206 226500. Remember... Every penny you raise helps MS-UK support even more people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS). We wouldn't be here without you - thank you!  

Christmas is coming!

Posted on: November 07 2017

Ho-ho-hello!

We have made a short film to let you know how you can support MS-UK this Christmas so please take a look  today on YouTube!

If you’d like to order a free Christmas collection box, just email Jenny or call us on 01206 226500. Every penny you raise helps us support people affected by multiple sclerosis, so thank you!

Best seasons wishes!

The MS-UK fundraising team

Firework fundraising ideas!

Posted on: November 03 2017

Bonfire Night is a perfect pre-Christmas excuse to get together with your friends and family and have a good time. This year, why not use this gathering of loved ones as an opportunity to support MS-UK!

Here are some sparkling examples of fundraising ideas for this Bonfire Night…

  1. Sell sparklers at your local fireworks display (with permission from the event holder of course)
  2. Host an arts and crafts afternoon. Invite local families to purchase tickets for a Guy Fawkes themed arts and crafts afternoon and provide materials in order for families to make their own Guy Fawkes
  3. Host a ‘Sparkle for MS’ non-uniform day at your school or workplace, asking your friends or colleagues to make a donation and rock up in their sparkliest ensemble
  4. Ask your local school or council if you can have a cake stall at their fireworks display. Get your friends and family to bake some sparkly cakes for the cause!
  5. Volunteer to dog-sit! Many people feel as though they can’t go out and leave their dogs alone on Bonfire Night in fear of them being scared and lonely. If you don’t have any plans why not volunteer to look after somebody’s pet for them in exchange for their donation to MS-UK?

Order a fundraising pack by emailing Jenny or calling us on 01206 226500. We’re here to help! Every penny you raise helps us continue our work supporting people affected by multiple sclerosis to make the most of today and live life to the full. 

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Last chance to take our Choices survey...

Posted on: November 02 2017

 

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Tomorrow we’ll be closing our latest Choices leaflet survey!

If you have a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) it would be great if you could take our quick survey. The questions are about adult social care, exercise and fatigue.

Thank you for your help!

Best wishes,

Diana

Diana Crowe, Head of Services

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