To receive your own fundraising pack and collection box in time for the Christmas period email Jenny or call 01206 226500!
Well, the evening is nearly upon us…tonight we will be celebrating at our annual Summer Ball!
For the fifth year, some hundred people will gather in the heart of Constable Country to enjoy an elegant evening of fine dining, live music and of course dancing until dawn.
Each year, MS-UK is overwhelmed by the support of companies who donate items to our auction and raffle. Tonight we have so many wonderful treats in store for our winners, including crafty goodies from Do Crafts, McCall Pattern Company and Search Press. We have yummy treats from the Cardamon Tea Lounge & Shop, Retro Corn, tastecard and Colchester Brewery. There is something for the gentlemen too, who can win a beard kit from Mo’s Bros and men’s toiletries from Chemist Direct.
No raffle would be complete without the chance to experience some fantastic days out. A big thank you to everyone who donated these, including the East Anglian Railway Museum, the Thursford Collection, St Peter’s Brewery, the Arch Climbing Wall, Colchester Castle and Brit Movie Tours. Our guests will even have the chance of enjoying some beginner swing lessons with Swing Patrol!
The main event of the evening is our auction. A huge thank you to Ufford Park Hotel, Golf & Spa and Brickendon Grange who have donated golfing prizes. Bidders could also enjoy a Glamping experience with Browning Bros, a stay at the Orwell Hotel or pick their own treat by winning a Red Letter Day voucher, kindly donated by Mintel.
The generosity of these donors and our guests tonight ensures MS-UK can continue to support people affected by multiple sclerosis, and that’s what it’s all about. Thank you to everyone involved, for helping us be here now and in the future.
Now it’s time for us to get our dancing shoes on!
Hello, Back in 2016, I attended a really interesting event hosted by Andrew Greenwood at Sadler’s Wells. For those of you who know me, I am by no means a ballet dancer, but I was really pleased to be invited along to learn how dance can still be accessible to people with physical or cognitive impairments.
In 2012, Andrew cofounded the organisation Dance for Health and created education programs specialised for people with conditions such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s. His main aim is to communicate to wider society and especially to the medical world that dance can be a source of health and wellbeing.
Not only did I meet some amazing dance practitioners who all wanted to ensure people affected by multiple sclerosis could participate in dance, but I also got to take part myself!
Now, Andrew is offering a two day introduction workshop for dancers and movement practitioners, which will be held in Scotland this March. You can find out more on the Switch2Move website now.
For those of you who enjoy dancing, I would love to know what your experiences are. Do you think dancing can improve your wellbeing? Do you know of a great dance class near you that is inclusive?
If so, do get in touch by emailing me,
Best wishes, and happy dancing!
You may remember the article MS-UK did about the European Dance & Creative Wellness Foundation in New Pathways magazine back in the Summer. Well, the Netherlands success story is now coming to the UK!
‘Take off your specialist hat and put on your dancing shoes’. That’s the invitation for a two day sharing that will be held at Friday 02 December (Sadler’s Wells) and Saturday 03 December (Rambert).
Health professionals, including those who support people affected by multiple sclerosis, are invited to attend and discover different perspectives on dance for creative wellness from the UK and across Europe. The workshops promise to give inspiration for therapists, practitioners, carers, health care providers as well as dancers, teachers and those interested in integrating dance and creativity in well being and preventative health practice.
Presented by Sadler’s Wells and Rambert in partnership with the European Dance & Creative Wellness Foundation, tickets are now on sale and available from £ 55.
MS-UK will be popping along too, so hopefully see some of you there!
Director, Dance & Creative Wellness
With our annual Summer Ballfast approaching at the magnificent Le Talbooth, Dedham on Friday 08 July, I just wanted to let you know there is still a chance to book a last-minute table!
This amazing evening includes pre-dinner drinks on the lawn from 7pm, a three course meal and of course live entertainment and a chance to dance the night away at our disco. Every penny raised from the evening helps us ensure we can continue our vital work supporting anyone affected by multiple sclerosis.
You can book a last minute seat for just £65, or get a table for £650 – it’s a magical night, and I know it will be lots of fun all in aid of a great cause. Email me today at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 01206 226500!
We all here are really excited that the Summer Ball is just a week away and let’s hope the weather is kind so we can enjoy the beautiful grounds that Le Talbooth has to offer.
See you there!
Community and Events Fundraiser, MS-UK
Want to win a mini Myles teddy bear to take on holiday with you? Of course you do! We have four bears to give away, and all you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is send me your favourite Summer song.
How to enter:
The first four songs we play on Monday will win a mini Myles teddy bear plus some MS-UK goodies…
Good luck everyone!
Website Manager, MS-UK
With the British 10k less than two weeks away we thought it would help our fabulous runners to add the top 5 running songs to listen to on their way round London to their playlists!
Our resident radio DJ, John has come up with his top 5. If you can suggest yours, we would love to hear them! Send your top 5 running songs to John@ms-uk.org.
John’s Top 5.
The British 10k is on Sunday July 10, and if you love running, and fancy a challenge we still have a couple of places, so call Mark on 01206 226500 or email him at email@example.com.
If you’re stuck for something to do this Easter Weekend why not head down to the Kings Head in Brightlingsea on Saturday 26 March and help raise money for MS-UK?
One of our regular clients, John Baines, is running a family fundraiser to help us continue to support those affected by multiple sclerosis. He hopes to raise money for specialist equipment for our Wellness Centre, Josephs Court, which helps to improve strength and muscle tone for people with multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions.
Activities on the day will include an Easter egg hunt, fancy dress competition, buffet, raffle, an open mic afternoon and hummers. Plus live music by Full Mental Racket, Essex’s home-grown classic rock cover band!
If you’d like to attend then the afternoon commences at 2pm at The Kings Head, 41 Victoria Place, Brightlingsea, Colchester, CO7 0HT.
If you can’t make it but would still like to support our vital work then head over to John’s Virgin Money Giving Page to donate.
Get your hands on one of our limited edition Valentine’s Day Myles teddy bear; this will be a fantastic gift for that special someone and also knowing that you will be helping to support MS-UK in the process.
All you need to do is to visit our online shop and get your very own Myles for just £5 which includes postage and packaging, with all the profits going to MS-UK.
We will also be requesting your favourite Love Songs in the run up to Valentine ’s Day, all you need to do to get your song on our podcast is:
1. Text LURV16 £2 to 70070
2. Send your favourite love song to us on Twitter @MSUK6
Make sure you donate to get a full hour of love songs on the MS-UK podcast and spread the love this Valentine’s Day.