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Guest Blog - Baking Doggie Treats for MS-UK!

Posted on: August 28 2018

stephanie morison blog.jpgStephanie Morrison tells us how her love for cakes inspired her and her two daughters to bake some doggie treats in aid of MS-UK!

It was the summer holidays and I was trying to think of ways my two little girls (4 and 3 years-old) could get involved with fundraising. If we had baked cakes, we definitely would of eaten them instead of selling them so we decided to bake cakes and cookies for dogs instead!

We’ve got a Westie so decided she could be the taste-tester and my eldest daughter suggested we make samples so the other dogs could try them first too.

It was pretty easy to find tasty recipes online, mainly including peanut butter, so we got cracking. The girls love baking so it was a fun activity to get them involved with and they enjoyed decorating them too. 

Betty (our dog) decided they were pretty yummy, so we put them on a tray with little bags and a money box. We took them to all our neighbours with dogs and a local country resort and they sold out pretty quickly. I made my girls explain what they were and what the charity was and they were honestly so excited that people wanted to buy them and lots of people got in touch after to say how delicious they were. 

We made £102 which we were very impressed with!

My 36-year-old cousin has multiple sclerosis (MS) which was quite shocking when we first heard but she still lives a fairly normal life at the moment. If we can make even the slightest bit of difference to helping anyone with MS then we will be very happy.

Fancy flexing your creative muscles and doing something different to raise money for MS-UK? Have a chat with our fundraising team today!

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Fundraiser of the Month - Cycle King Charlie Stebbings!

Posted on: August 16 2018

Charlie Stebbings5.jpgMy name is Charlie Stebbings and, along with a 14 strong team, I cycled from London to Paris between 04 - 06 May.

Myself, Mortimer McKechnie, Paris Baker, Millie Bampfylde, Tom Sater, Alicia Hanmer, Rob Gibson, Occy Cobb, Paddy Rogers, Lucy Munday, Robin Butler and Tom Everard decided to commit to this challenge in aid of three fantastic causes -  MS-UK, Cancer Research, and SUDEP Action. Along with our amazing and indispensable support drivers Jack Smail and Helen Callaghan, not to forget our two broken bone casualties Katie Barton and Minty Naylor, we made a formidable fundraising team intent on giving as much support as we could to these fantastic causes.

MS-UK has been a fantastic support to our family over the last eight years since my mother was diagnosed. The work they do for suffers and their families is integral to all those affected by multiple sclerosis (MS) and therefore it is always a privilege to fundraise for them. Having said that, the pain you experience near the top of the mountain on day two at mile 95 was accompanied by a ‘what are we doing’ moment, but that is part of the fun! We organized this challenge to test ourselves and push us so that everyone felt that sense of achievement and success.

The 300 mile trip over three days was a brilliant way to do just that, and apart from Tom Sater Cycling into the back of Lucy Munday as he was being sprayed by a very friendly Frenchman watering his plants, and my exploding tire in Paris, we made it without a hitch. The 30 degree weather was both a blessing and a hinderance, but there is no doubt it kept moral high and helped those of us often void of a tan suitably rosy.

The fundraising experience is one that we can all approach in different ways, but we liked to get people engaged with the trip and run fundraisers instead of solely distributing letters or emails etc. I think there is nothing more enjoyable and motivating than hosting an event which shows you how much support you have for the charities and how many people genuinely care for your cause. I recommend it to anyone who haven’t involved people tangibly in their fundraising to try it. It adds that extra dimension and can remind you why you are doing this often crazy challenge!

Gift aid included, we raised £20,600 and am delighted to be able to give MS-UK some of that money. I must thank my team for supporting this charity with such enthusiasm. It means a huge amount to me, my family, and hopefully everyone in this community.

On to the next one!

Cycle for MS-UK

 

 

Friends of MS-UK Awards 2018 - Miss Sparkle!

Posted on: August 10 2018

Suzy Cohen.pngMeet the winners of this year's Friends of MS-UK Awards!

Every day this week, we'll be revealing each of the well-deserved winners and finding out, in their own words, what it means to be awarded such an accolade...

Suzy Cohen aka 'Miss Sparkle'

Since 2011, ‘Miss Sparkle’ has been inspiring those around her to support MS-UK. Susan has raised over £21,000 for the charity and has run eight marathons, not to mention taking part in many other events! Above all, Suzy has made an amazing achievement this year, as she has enabled MS-UK to reach out to 28 new supporters, all of who are runners Suzy has recruited into the Virgin Sport British 10k event.

Susan has always been surrounded by multiple sclerosis (MS), through friends and family, and chose to fundraise for MS-UK because we offer practical, unbiased information and support to anyone affected by MS.

She said: 'This award comes as a little bit of a surprise, but I feel very humbled to even have been considered. I’m just doing what I do best and that’s running, then boring everyone so much that they sponsor me just to shut up! I’m looking forward to receiving the trophy, which I will display very proudly next to my ‘MS-UK sponsor me’ table where I work, I’m sure people will feel even more generous for future events.'

 

Run for MS-UK

Friends of MS-UK Awards 2018 - The Many Marathon Man!

Posted on: August 09 2018

Meet the winners of this year's Friends of MS-UK Awards!

Every day this week, we'll be revealing each of the well-deserved winners and finding out, in their own words, what it means to be awarded such an accolade...

Chris C.pngChris Chandler

When Chris’ wife Jennie was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2011, they turned to MS-UK for help. Since then, Chris has run in aid of MS-UK...and run, and run, and…

In 2013 Chris ran the Virgin Money London Marathon and since then he has applied dedication (and endless hours) to reaching an amazing milestone – completing 100 hundred marathons in aid of MS-UK. That’s over 2,500 miles!

This year, Chris officially joined the 100 Marathon Club when he completed his 100th run at Betteshanger Country Park.

He said: 'I am delighted to receive this award, it was a nice surprise. It has been a pleasure to help raise money for MS-UK and watch them grow and develop over the years. I have fundraised for them and see how the money myself and others raise goes to good use.'

Top 5 books about multiple sclerosis

Posted on: August 09 2018

Hello,

As today is Book Lovers Day, I couldn't resist asking staff at MS-UK what their favourite books are about multiple sclerosis (MS).

So, here's the top 5...

  1. The Multiple Sclerosis Diet Book: A low-fat diet treatment of MS by Roy Laver Swank MD, PHD and Barbara Brewer Dugan
  2. Managing Multiple Sclerosis Naturally: A self-help guide to living with MS by Judy Graham
  3. Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis: The evidence-based 7 step recovery program by George Jelinek
  4. The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles by Terry Wahls
  5. Awkward Bitch: My life with MS by Marlo Donato Parmelee

Check out Amazon for the books if you want to!

Happy Book Lovers Day everyone,

Laura

Marketing Manager, MS-UK

 

 

 

Friends of MS-UK Awards 2018 - The Guru!

Posted on: August 08 2018

Meet the winners of this year's Friends of MS-UK Awards!

Every day this week, we'll be revealing each of the well-deserved winners and finding out, in their own words, what it means to be awarded such an accolade...

Trishna.pngTrishna Bharadia

You may recognise this name, as Trishna is not only a spokesperson within the MS community, but she also writes for New Pathways magazine.

For several years now Trishna has made a significant contribution to New Pathways magazine, from reviewing the Sym-Trac app way back in 2014 right through to cropping up in the last issue when she won the inaugural Eyeforpharma Patient Advocate Award (Europe) 2018.

A passionate advocate for sharing patient voices, Trishna works tirelessly to raise awareness of MS and inspires our readers.

She said: 'It totally made my day when I found out I was being given this award! I've thoroughly enjoyed everything I've done with MS-UK, particularly writing for New Pathways. I really hope that when people see what I do, it will inspire others to get involved with MS-UK and play an active part in the MS community. For me, this is the most important thing because together we can not only help and support each other better, but we will also have a stronger voice for all those affected by MS!'

Friends of MS-UK Awards 2018 - Wellness Warrior!

Posted on: August 07 2018

Meet the winners of this year's Friends of MS-UK Awards!

The annual Friends of MS-UK Awards were launched in 2016 to recognise the commitment and valued support of some very special people. Each year we present just five awards to those who have gone above and beyond to support the charity and raise awareness of multiple sclerosis (MS). Many thousands of people make our work possible each year, so selecting just five is a tough task, but it makes the awards even more special to us and those who receive them.

Every day this week, we'll be revealing each of the well-deserved winners and finding out, in their own words, what it means to be awarded such an accolade...

 

Brendan.pngBrendan Gordon

Upon joining us in January 2016, Brendan became an important member of our volunteering team, supporting clients at our Wellness Centre Josephs Court, often three or four times per week!

Brendan’s dedication enabled MS-UK to provide support to people affected by MS and other neurological conditions, and he gave us many hours of professional support.

He said: 'To be honest, I feel quite humbled and proud to get this award, it’s not something I ever thought about. I enjoyed volunteering at Josephs Court as soon as I started, there is something about the place that draws you in.'

Friends of MS-UK 2018 award winners revealed!

Posted on: August 06 2018

Meet the winners of this year's Friends of MS-UK Awards!

The annual Friends of MS-UK Awards were launched in 2016 to recognise the commitment and valued support of some very special people. Each year we present just five awards to those who have gone above and beyond to support the charity and raise awareness of multiple sclerosis (MS). Many thousands of people make our work possible each year, so selecting just five is a tough task, but it makes the awards even more special to us and those who receive them.

Every day this week, we'll be revealing each of the well-deserved winners and finding out, in their own words, what it means to be awarded such an accolade...

Simon Gauge

2016 Simon Gauge_Marathon_large_Jpg025.jpgIn 2016, Simon raised the most amount of money in aid of MS-UK for a single event when he undertook the Virgin Money London Marathon. Simon’s efforts to achieve an amazing total of £33,000 had a real impact on our work to support people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS).

Simon was inspired to run by his brother Phil, who lived with Primary Progress MS. Simon continues to share memories of Phil and his eternal sense of humour, inspiring others to support MS-UK in the future.

Simon said: 'Thank you very much for the award. Running a marathon to raise money was nothing compared to the challenges that I saw MS present to my brother Phil and I dedicate the award to him. He never let MS define him and fought his battle with dignity. It is a comforting thought that the money raised would offer support to others to do likewise.'

New Pathways issue 110 - The Editor's Letter

Posted on: August 01 2018

Hello!Issue 110 Front Cover of New Pathways

This issue of New Pathways magazine is jam packed full of a variety of news, features and real life stories. Start your read by catching up on all the latest developments in MS on pages 4-10. Then why not discover nine anti-inflammatory foods that could benefit your diet and MS on page 34.

Next we take a look at how a condition that predominantly affects women, actually impacts men on page 12. And on pages 30 and 32 MSer and feature writer Ian Cook revisits Access to Work and gives electric wheelchairs a spin.

Stem cells research and personal stories are still dominating the news, so we thought we would produce an update on this ever popular treatment option on page 24.

Also in this issue, MSer and HR Specialist Rebecca Armstrong explains how to get the best out of occupational health on page 16, we take a look at the therapeutic benefits of horse therapy on page 18, and Rosalind Barton reveals the highlights of her surprisingly accessible trip to Singapore.

Subscribe today to read all this and much more!

Sarah-Jane

Editor, New Pathways

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