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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.'

 

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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.'

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.'

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