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Add our 25th anniversary Twibbon today!

Posted on: March 12 2018

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This year MS-UK is commemorating 25 years of supporting people affected by multiple sclerosis, and I have a fun, easy way for you to show your support and get involved!

Just add our Twibbon to your Facebook or Twitter profile picture and help us celebrate our 25th anniversary!

There are lots of other ways to support us as well, just visit our website to find out more.

Happy twibbon-ing!

Jill

Jill Purcell, Fundraising Manager

Baby its cold outside – 5 top tips

Posted on: February 28 2018

img_0412.jpgWith most of the country feeling the big freeze, here’s our top tips for travelling safe and keeping warm…

  • Obviously and first on the list – don’t go out unless you really have to. Even if it looks like fresh snow, chances are if it’s been snowing for a few days there will be ice underneath. If you’re really in need of something from the shops, call your friends and family and see if they can pick some milk up for you
  • If you need to go out, wear a pair of shoes that have a thick tread. This will give you as much grip as possible when trudging through snow, ice and sludge
  • Layer up – even if heat is not your friend and upsets your MS if you wear layers you can take them off or put them on as and when you need to
  • If you have to take the car, check and plan your route. If you plan your route using Google maps, you can zoom in and it will show you where the traffic issues are
  • Also, take some supplies – You could get stuck in traffic for a long time and at worst stranded in your car overnight so make sure you take a supply of medication, water, food, blankets, de-icer, and a shovel

Find out more about our services to support people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS) on our website.

Marathon meet up!

Posted on: November 17 2017

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During the event our runners heard from us about the next steps in the lead up to Virgin Money London Marathon and we shared some top fundraising ideas.

We also had some guest speakers! Our first speaker was John Trory who has been supporting MS-UK for 18 years. John spoke about his running experiences, the highs and the lows. This will be his 45th marathon in 2018!

Next up was Jessica Armstrong who as well as running for MS-UK is a sports therapist professionally. Jessica shared some top tips about stretches for warm up and cool down as well as doing some live strengthening exercises.

We then heard from Sheena Watts who ran her first marathon last year. During Sheena’s inspirational talk she said if she can do a marathon anyone can and was full of top tips for surviving a first marathon!

The finale was led by father and son team Chris and John Bradshaw. Chris ran his first marathon for MS-UK in 2017 and in 2018 he will be running along with his dad who will be 61 years old. Chris and John were full of great advice and showed a very entertaining video which they had put together. Chris’s favourite running regime is to run at 5am which energises him for the day and he starts the day raring to go!

The biggest tip that came across during the evening was pick a training plan that works for you, the warm ups and cool downs are as important as the training to prevent injury and preparation is key!

Thanks again to Tijmen Wigchert and CBW for hosting the event for us and providing the refreshments.

Our brilliant Virgin Money London Marathon team help us continue our work supporting people affected by multiple sclerosis, and it was amazing to see so many before the big day arrives in 2018!

Best wishes,

Jill

Jill Purcell, Fundraising Manager

Well done RideLondon-ers!

Posted on: July 31 2017

img_0451.jpgHello everyone, Yesterday (Sunday 30 July) we cheered our hearts out to support the dedicated cyclists who pedalled 100 miles for the Prudential RideLondon, and it was an amazing afternoon!

You can check out the photos on Facebook now!

Huge congratulations are in order for our MS-UK team who have trained so hard for the past months in all types of weather, cycling to conquer this prestigious event. We were so proud to see them all with a smile on their face as they went past our cheering point and on to the finish line in style.

The total funds raised so far have reached over the £2,000 mark and counting. This is a huge achievement and an amount that our riders have been working tirelessly to raise. We hope they all had a well-earned break after the race and they aren’t too achey today!

img_1053.jpgFor most of the fundraising team it was our first time seeing the event and we thoroughly enjoyed the day, cheering on our riders with our megaphones and rapper clappers from our cheering point on Whitehall.

 

We couldn’t support our MS-UK teams in the way that we do without our super volunteers, so here’s a massive thank you to them too! We are really lucky to have some regular key volunteers at our events, and it just wouldn’t be the same without them. We always need volunteers for events to help them run smoothly.

Of course, we’re opening applications for next year’s event straight away. So if you’re interested in cycling the Prudential RideLondon, get in touch with me by email or call on 01206 226500 and secure your place now!

Well done again to everyone who took part,

Best wishes,

Jenny

Jenny Poulter

Events Fundraiser, MS-UK

MS Awareness Week is here!

Posted on: April 24 2017

Hello,

amy-twibbon.jpgMS Awareness Week has arrived, and I am pleased to say we are celebrating with our beloved mascot Myles.

Here at MS-UK, we believe that anyone affected by multiple sclerosis should be able to access the support and information they need to make their own decisions. We aim to empower people living with MS to have choice and independence, and I hope you’ll join us this MS Awareness Week.

To support MS-UK, just add our Twibbon to your Facebook or Twitter profile pictures.

Thank you for being part of our #SmilesWithMyles campaign – you are helping us to spread a positive message this MS Awareness Week.

Best wishes,

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Amy Woolf

CEO, MS-UK

Expo is open!

Posted on: April 18 2017

Hello from London!

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Expo has now opened to the public and its buzzing!

We’ve had our first couple of visitors talk to us about the charity! Come find us at stand 267 and say hello once you have registered with Virgin Money London Marathon.

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We may have a treat in store for you!

Don’t forget you’ll need to bring your registration form and photographic identification in order to register with Virgin Money London Marathon. No registration, no running!

Expo is at Excel London and the opening hours are:
Wednesday 19 – 11-8pm
Thursday 20 – 10-8pm
Friday 21 – 10am-8pm
Saturday 22 – 9am-5pm

Hope to see you this week

From the MS-UK fundraising team

Note about travelling to ExCeL…

The DLR station ‘Custom House’ is currently closed. Instead, get off of the DLR at Prince Regent. It is then a short walk to the other entrance to ExCeL. See you there!

Colchester junior parkrun raises awareness with fancy dress!

Posted on: March 06 2017

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Blake meets Myles!

On Sunday 05 March, MS-UK was proud to go along to our local Junior Parkrun in Colchester with our beloved mascot Myles!

A big thank you to everyone who came along and ran in the rain – it was amazing to see so many people in fancy dress too!

Check out the photos on Facebook now!

Want to organise your own fundraising event in aid of MS-UK? We’re here to help you!

Contact Nick today on 01206 226500 or email Nick.

Visit our website to find out more ways to get involved too!

Putting the fizz into a Festive Frolic!

Posted on: November 18 2016

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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

What is a Festive Frolic?

Posted on: October 21 2016

Hi everyone,

You may be wondering what exactly a Festive Frolic is? Well, it can be one of three things…

  1. You can organise a bag pack at your local supermarket
  2. You can organise a bucket collection at your local supermarket or in your high street
  3. You can do your own thing! Perhaps a party for close friends, or even a cuppa and cake with your colleagues?

Whatever you decide to do, if you register before 31 October you’ll get a free goody bag from us to get you started…which includes the lovely Myles, our MS-UK mascot!

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Good luck, and do get in touch if you have any questions! Email me at Nicholas@ms-uk.org or give me a call on 01206 226500!

Nick

Fundraising Administrator

Guest blog: My MS Life...

Posted on: October 05 2016

In this guest blog, Christian recounts visiting MS Life, the largest event for MSers, organised by the MS Society…


img_1471.jpgSo MS life???? Firstly not my first time at the excel but I’m still in awe of the building, it’s enormous. As a venue I thought it was good and easy for me to get to

I was excited but not sure why, I had heard bits of previous events in Manchester but didn’t really know what to expect and the scale of it all.

The vast array of stalls showcasing the latest mobility aids, activities, talks and MS charities were amazing. I took part in a wheelchair dancing class which erm is not me, I had no rhythm before MS and following progression it didn’t trade me with any silky moves. This is a brilliant way to get you exercising in a fun way, I may of looked silly but who cares?

The talks I sat in on were about research and future treatments particularly for progressive MS, very exciting stuff.

More importantly than all the information though was the overwhelming feeling of community,  people I’d never met, people I knew only from Facebook/Twitter and all the support staff. It was brilliant to spend time and talk to people who just get it. I will be back (that’s not a menacing Arnie I will be back either). Until next time,

Christian Rolfe

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