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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!

The Summer Ball is here!

Posted on: June 23 2017

jill-profile-pic-small.jpgHi everyone,

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!

Best wishes,


Jill Purcell

The transformative power of dance

Posted on: February 17 2017

sadlers-wells.jpgHello, 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!

andrew.jpgNow, 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!

Laura May

Take off your specialist hat and put on your dancing shoes...

Posted on: November 07 2016

danceandcreative-round.pngHi everyone,

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!

Best wishes,

Andrew Greenwood

Director, Dance & Creative Wellness

Last chance to join us at the MS-UK Summer Ball!

Posted on: June 30 2016

singer.jpgHi everyone,

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 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!


Mark Drain

Community and Events Fundraiser, MS-UK

Summer tunes competition!

Posted on: June 28 2016

Hi everyone,

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:

  • Email me at the title and artist of your favourite Summer song before 4pm on Friday 01 July
  • Tune in to our Twitter or Facebook feeds on Monday 04 July from 9am to find out if we play your song in the morning
  • I will contact you if you’re a winner to find out your full postal address on Monday 04 July, and get your mini Myles in the post to you!

msukshoot054.jpgThe 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

British 10k - Top 5 running songs

Posted on: June 27 2016

runsongs.pngWith 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’s Top 5.

1. Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run

2. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off

3. David Guetta – Titanium ft. Sia

4. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Can’t Stop

5. STARSET – Let It Die (The Maniac Agenda Pleasant Nightmare Remix)

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

Easter fun for MS-UK

Posted on: March 24 2016

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?

jbbs.jpgOne 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.


A special Valentine’s Day Myles

Posted on: January 14 2016

dsc_0009.jpgGet 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.

These are a hot seller so don’t miss your chance to buy one today!

Tell them you love them with a tune

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.



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