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It's your last chance to order a collection box before Christmas!

Posted on: December 05 2017

img_1712.jpgWant to support MS-UK this Christmas? Grab a festive collection box today! Just email Jenny or call 01206 226500! Here are 5 festive fundraising ideas to help you fill it up...

  1. Host a Christmas jumble sale at your local village hall! Do you like to de-clutter in the approach to a new year? Ask your local village hall for permission to host a jumble sale, gather together some friends and family and take part in some festive flogging to raise money for MS-UK
  2. Are you gifted in the gift-wrapping department? Offer up your gift-wrapping services this Christmas and wrap gifts in exchange for a donation. You could even ask your local department store to let you set up a giftwrapping stall, if you provide paper and gift tags. Some happy shoppers will be elated to avoid their last-minute Christmas eve elf imitations!
  3. Water or Wine? Wrap up lots of empty wine bottles filled with water and a few still full of wine in Christmas wrapping paper. Take them to your work Christmas party and charge punters £1 per pinot-shaped parcel. This liquor lottery should raise a few pounds for MS-UK whilst making some party-goers very happy!
  4. Are you part of a musical ensemble or choir? Raise vital funds for MS-UK this Christmas by staging a small carol concert or musical performance at your local Church, pub or shopping precinct. We're even hosting our own concert this year in Essex! You can order tickets online today for the MS-UK carol concert!
  5. Host a bauble-fuelled bake sale. Bake some Christmas cakes and cookies with a group of friends and host a bake sale from your own home. Invite friends and family for some tea and cake and true to festive spirit you'll be helping others in your efforts. You may even have some left to leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve :)

To receive your own fundraising pack and collection box in time for the Christmas period email Jenny or call 01206 226500!

Fundraiser of the Month: Glenn

Posted on: November 15 2017

glenn.jpgThis November, Glenn shares his fundraising story with us. Glenn is taking on three marathons in aid of MS-UK. Fundraising means a lot to Glenn, who is running for his mum Kelly, who lives with multiple sclerosis (MS). Here is his story...

Hello my name is Glenn Morrison and I am a welding apprentice from Aberdeenshire in Scotland, and I hope to raise £3,000 by running the Inverness, Dublin and London marathons for MS-UK .

My mum Kelly suffers from severe MS and was diagnosed almost 20 years ago. Sadly the decision was made that our mums level of care and risk was too high and she was to move into full time care. This was very hard for our family as mum felt we would never see her again.

That is why this fundraiser means so much. We wanted to show mum that we would still do anything for her.

We started organising fundraisers big and small aiming for people to get something back in return for sponsoring me. I started telling people why we were raising money and the response was unbelievable. People weren’t only donating money but raffle prizes, their time, support and advice on training and fundraising.

Some great advice to anyone fundraising would be, use the strengths of others! You don’t have to do everything yourself.

My sister loves to bake and we held a ‘homemade coffee and donuts day’. It went down better than expected and we raised £130. One of my mums best friends is great with arts and crafts and made a beautiful hamper with matching glitter Prosecco and glasses. We sold lucky squares for £3 each and the winner won the hamper, this raised £350. One of my friends decided they would do their own little fundraisers in their shop. She sold word searches for £1 each with prizes to be won. Her granny made home bakes and they sold them at the shop and put out buckets at the counters for small change. Small fundraisers soon mount up and she has raised over £300.

My work mates soon got in on the action and organised a bingo night at the local fish and chip shop would you believe! Everyone who attended received a fish supper before the bingo started and we held a raffle and bottle stall. The night was a huge success and raised £1,000.

The day after, our local football club let us hold the raffle for their quiz night and we raised another £300.

On Saturday 04 November I’m holding my next fundraiser, a dinner dance in aid of MS-UK. The organising is done and it is set to be another great night.

Since I started this challenge and have completed 2 out of the 3 marathons with only London to go. We have now passed our £3,000 target and we’re on track to raise a further £1,000 before the end of November. And we have made plans for our mum to travel down to London next year to see me finish the next marathon.

Although I am delighted to be fundraiser of the month I have to give credit to everyone that has put in so much of their time and effort for this cause. If it wasn’t for the support and encouragement of all my friends and family, our fundraising efforts would not be this successful.


Find out more about fundraising at MS-UK. Just call us on 01206 226500 or visit our website to complete our contact form.

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!  

Father's Day is nearly here!

Posted on: June 16 2017

Hi everyone,

This Sunday you may be celebrating your wonderful dad as it is Father’s day, and I couldn’t resist sharing some top fundraising tips!

Why not hold a ‘competitive dad competition’ after your Sunday Roast and raise funds for MS-UK? You could get all generations of the family involved in something as simple as ‘minute to win it’ style challenges, where people pay 50p to enter. These challenges could be something like eating as many cream crackers in a minute to picking up smarties with chopsticks. Get inspired with this YouTube video.

To get you in the mood, here’s one of my favourite ‘minute to win it’ games, expertly demonstrated by father and son, Ben and George…

Cotton Ball Nose

What you’ll need…

  • Vaseline
  • A bag of cotton wool balls
  • Two paper plates

How to play…

Place cotton wool balls onto one paper plate. Players put a blob of Vaseline onto their noses and put their hands behind their back. They then have to transport the cotton wool ball to the other plate by using only their nose. Only one cotton wool ball can be moved at any time! They have one minute to transfer as many as possible. Whoever moves the most is the winner.

Good luck everyone, and happy Father’s Day!

Best wishes,

Jenny

Events Fundraiser

Creative fundraising for the Virgin Money London Marathon

Posted on: April 20 2017

chris-bradshaw.pngChris Bradshaw’s Mother in law has come up with a very creative way to fundraise for his Virgin Money London Marathon run for MS-UK – quilting! Find out more in the interview with both Chris and Rosemarie…  

mick-and-rosemary-002.jpgSo Chris, why are you running the marathon for MS?

My father-in law has had MS since his mid 20’s and ever since I’ve known him it’s been remarkable how he still continues to enjoy life through his high-tech wheel chair and still manages to get to occasional gigs. My mother in-law is also a hero as she is his fulltime carer and is amazing how she has the energy to do it continually and still keeps a big smile on her face! Both of these outlooks combined with supporting MS carers is why the least I can do is run the Virgin Money London Marathon.

How has training been going and what have you found the hardest thing?

Training going = Strong! Hardest thing = Time! (lack of)

Hi Rosemarie. How long have you been quilting for?

Coming up to almost 50 years now!

Why did you take it up? blanket-3-5.jpg

Since having children I have always done some sort of sewing, be it clothes for the little one or making fancy dress costumes or dance costumes. I quilted on and off during that time but stopped when my husband’s condition deteriorated, so I became his full time carer. Then four years ago I myself became ill and spent many hours having treatment. As you can imagine I was used to a very busy life so having to sit still for several hours at a time was very difficult. My daughter knowing how I felt bought some material and said 'make me a quilt' which fuelled a passion for hand piecing and quilting. My husband who is totally disabled goes to bed around five in the afternoon until the following morning. Quilting allows me to enjoy the evening sitting with my husband whilst being enjoying my hobby.

What made you want to support Chris' marathon run in such an inventive way?

In the past I have often been asked by friends if I would sell them my quilts but my pleasure is to give them as gifts. As there appeared to be an interest in them we thought that it would be a really nice and original way to help Chris in his fundraising and at the same time allow people to acquire something nice for their donation.

What does supporting MS-UK mean to you?

The work MS-UK do in raising awareness and providing support for those with this terrible disease is so very important, so raising money is a way of saying thank you.

What is the best thing about being able to create beautiful crafts and raise money at the same time? img_5902.jpg

Doing exactly that! Doing something I enjoy whilst helping make a difference for an important cause.

Finally Chris, are you looking forward to the big day?

Absolutely! Everyone has told me how the crowds are incredible and they carry you through the pain of the 26.2 miles!

You can view Rosemarie’s quilts at https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SnuggleforMS?ref=hdr_shop_menu

Chris’ JustGiving page is at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Chris-Bradshaw-Marathon-2017

Putting the fizz into a Festive Frolic!

Posted on: November 18 2016

blog-image-for-18-11-16.jpgHi everyone,

With so many creative ideas coming from our supporters it was about time I got involved with a Festive Frolic of my own!

So, when one of my best friends Lucy offered to hand-make some Christmas cards and sell them on behalf of MS-UK it seemed like the perfect opportunity to get some friends together.

The evening started early at 7 pm and friends and neighbours dropped by to buy cards and Winter Draw tickets and have a glass of fizz. By the end of the night all of the cards were sold and a few of us stayed on for a good old natter and to finish up the Prosecco.

It was a great excuse to get friends together, meet new people and raise money for MS-UK at the same time!

So with that in mind, it’s not too late to organise a Festive Frolic of your own! If you don’t fancy hosting your own party you could make a donation and wear a festive jumper or woolly hat to work?

Or you could have a family and friends minced pie bake off! All donations from pie sales to MS-UK!
So my advice to you is don your Santa hats, get your reindeer jumpers on and bake some mince pies and hold a festive get together all in aid of a great cause!

To join in with the fun, just visit www.ms-uk.org/festivefrolic today!

Best wishes,

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Tracy Wellsted

Head of Fundraising, MS-UK

Calling all crafty ones!

Posted on: November 19 2015

col_2111a_sm.jpgYou can get your very own Myles the bear knit kit today in our online shop.

This complete knit kit includes everything you need to dress Myles up in a snuggly jumper, including needles, DK wool, an MS-UK pin badge and of course a Myles bear!

The kit costs £15.00 including postage and packaging, and will make an excellent gift to yourself or a loved one. Limited stock available, so order today!

Visit our website today to get your knit kit.

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