In this Fundraiser of the Month blog, Kimberley tells us all about becoming one of the first 500 people to enter the London Classics Hall of Fame...all in aid of MS-UK!
I’m a bit of a have a go girl…I’ve done marathons, swam up to 10km in a river, triathlons up to iron distance and I do love a challenge, particularly if you end up with some serious bling to keep! In among that, I am the sister/daughter of two amazing family members who lived their lives with multiple sclerosis (MS) and while they are no longer here I am still inspired by them to keep on ‘having a go’ and also raise awareness for MS-UK who offer amazing support.
Having completed the Virgin Money London Marathon in 2005 and 2006 and RideLondon in 2015 I was really excited to see the launch of the London Classics at the Swim Serpentine Event last year.
You could earn a fourth bit of bling – serious bling too – for swimming in the 2 mile wave of the Swim Serpentine event. So I entered! I was one of the first 500 to complete this spectacular trio and earn two medals in one day! We were also able to earn a place in the ‘Hall of Fame’, which will grow every year now.
So, if you have done one of the events, or two, then try to complete the third as a personal challenge and earn the most amazing bit of bling and bragging rights too!
It also adds a unique twist to your fundraising strategy as not many will achieve this goal very quickly. So just go for it and bring on the bling! Yours in sporting bling Kimberley!
Racking your brains for the ultimate Valentine’s Day gift? Well, now is the time to think about what your loved one would really like to do. Would they enjoy a dozen red roses, or a dozen reasons to smile? If it’s the latter, I have some ideas for you…
Take the plunge
Love is most definitely in the air when you’re at 10,000 feet, so what better gift is there this Valentine’s Day than arranging to take your sweetheart to new heights with a skydive? You can pick from 19 airfields across the UK and a date that suits you, and by fundraising for MS-UK you’ll be making a real difference to our work supporting people affected by multiple sclerosis.
A bicycle made for two?
Cycling is a great way to have fun together and raise funds for MS-UK at the same time! Whether it’s organising a tandem bike ride in your local area or taking on the capital at the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, you and your Valentine can do it together. We’ll be here to help, with lots of fundraising materials and of course a MS-UK cycling jersey for you and your beloved.
Book a night to remember
Is there anything more romantic than getting dressed up in your finest and enjoying a delicious three course meal in luxurious surroundings? If you want to ask for that last dance, why not book your tickets for the MS-UK Summer Ball? I know this will be a truly magical event hosted at Le Talbooth in Dedham on 29 June 2018, so surprise your Valentine with tickets and the promise of a fantastic evening out!
If you’d like to chat through a fundraising idea or find out more about any of these events, just email me or call me on 01206 226500.
However you celebrate Valentine’s Day, I hope it is filled with smiles for you!
Jenny Poulter, Events Fundraiser
Over the next couple of weeks, people across the country will hear from Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 about whether or not they got a ballot place. I can just imagine the thousands of lucky people who will get a 'yes' and start planning their big day out in the capital.
But as over 80,000 people applied for a ballot place, there will also be some disappointment…but do not worry! You can still be part of the action as a member of the MS-UK team!
The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 starts in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park then follows closed roads through the city and Surrey before finishing on The Mall. On Sunday 29 July we’ll be heading to London to cheer on #TeamPurple, and that could include you!
Not only will you take on 100 miles, but you’ll be helping us support even more people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS). When someone calls the MS-UK Helpline to ask a question about managing bladder and bowel problems, your efforts mean we can pick up the phone. When someone reads an article about a complementary therapy in New Pathways that could help with fatigue, you could be the reason the magazine lands on their doormat.
Now, it must be time for the song…
Jenny Poulter, Events Fundraiser
Deciding to volunteer for the first time can be a scary thing. You see a post on Facebook, or a friend mentions an event to you, and you wonder if you’d enjoy it. Sometimes you just shrug it off and say ‘maybe next year’ to yourself, but sometimes you take a chance. If you’re thinking now is the time to take that chance, I wanted to share with you what your experience may be like if you join the MS-UK cheering squad.
There is something very special about volunteering at a national event…you realise we’re all in it together. Every race marshal, every charity, every runner, every cyclist, every volunteer – together we’re making it possible for the event to happen.
At MS-UK, we love supporting #TeamPurple, whether it’s at the RideLondon or the British 10k.
As you arrive in London in the morning, there is a sense of anticipation in the air.
The pavements may still be being swept and the barriers are being put along the side of the roads, but as you make your way to Trafalgar Square the buzz is already beginning. The four lions greet you and you know today will be a good day.
You exchange smiles with other volunteers, decked out in the all the colours of the rainbow to support their chosen charities, and as you approach the MS-UK cheering point you’re being greeted with a warm smile and asked if you’d like tea or coffee. As you pull a MS-UK t-shirt over your head you feel part of something truly awesome.
Whispers travel from cheering point to cheering point, and before you know it you are straining to see the first runners or cyclists as you hear that they have crossed the starting line. They keep coming, more and more, the roar of the crowd swells and you can’t help but join in, lifting your voice to shout encouragements at everyone who passes you by.
‘Come on Lilly!’
‘You’re rocking it Ahmed!’
‘Keep going David, you can do it!’
‘Just keep swimming – I mean running!’
‘You got this Katie!’
It doesn’t matter why they are taking part, whether it’s for charity, in memory of a loved one, for themselves to prove they can do it. You lock eyes with them, you raise your rapper clapper into the air and you cheer with all your might.
Of course there is a special kind of feeling when you spot someone in a purple MS-UK top, and you can sense the team around you glowing with pride and excitement.
At the end of the day, as you help take down the sail flags and gulp down water after all that cheering, you look around and realise you have not only made a difference, you have made friends for life. You ask me if you can just ‘hang on’ to the MS-UK t-shirt in case you ever think of volunteering again. I wave goodbye as you head to the nearest tube station or bus stop, but even as you get on board I know you won’t be able to help nodding to people as you spot medals and dirty trainers and charity t-shirts dotted everywhere. Everyone is tired. Everyone is sweaty. And everyone is smiling.
This is what a day volunteering with MS-UK as part of our cheer squad looks like. It’s hard work, it’s amazing fun, and you won’t be going it alone. Whether you are taking your first chance or have been coming along for years now, we’re in it together.
Hi everyone, We now have places for the ultimate UK cycling event - and you could join #TeamPurple to be part of it!
On Sunday 29 July we'll be cheering on our riders who will be taking on 100 miles of cycling at the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100. This is a fantastic event that starts in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park then follows closed roads through the capital and Surrey before finishing on The Mall in central London. As part of #TeamPurple you'll get all the support you need to have a brilliant day, and we'll be there to greet you at our post-race meet up after you have done all the hard work.
Of course being part of our team isn't just about cycling. It's about helping us continue our vital work.
This year we are commemorating our 25th anniversary of supporting people affected by multiple sclerosis, and we'd love you to be part of the celebrations! Need a bit of inspiration? Read about Paul's reasons for riding last year for MS-UK in our blog. If you'd like to find out more, just give me a call on 01206 226500 or email me. If you're ready to get going, you can apply for a MS-UK place in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 on our website today. Happy cycling! Jenny Events Fundraiser, MS-UK
It’s that time of year again when the resolutions begin piling up and before you know it you have given up chocolate! Well, we don’t want to ask you to do something as drastic as that, but we would love it if you’d support MS-UK as we celebrate our 25th anniversary!
If health and fitness is your thing, why not join one of our fantastic events happening in 2018…
Colchester Half Marathon
MS-UK is based in Colchester, Essex so this one is right on our doorstep, and there’s still time to join the race! 2018 is a very special year for us too, as MS-UK will be charity partners for the Colchester Half Marathon on Sunday 25 March.
Join 25,000 pairs of feet as they pound the streets of one of the world’s most iconic capital cities on Sunday 15 July.
Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100
On Sunday 29 July the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 will start in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park before finishing on The Mall in central London.
I would love to welcome you to #TeamPurple, so do check out our website for lots more fundraising ideas. Whatever you do in 2018, we all wish you lots of luck!
Events Fundraiser, MS-UK
Hello 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!
For 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,
Events Fundraiser, MS-UK
Today we will be heading to the capital to cheer on our amazing RideLondon team as they cycle 100 miles in aid of MS-UK. In this guest blog, Paul Reeve tells us why he's taking on the challenge...
I’m Paul and I’m riding for MS-UK in the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 today!
I started dabbling with a bit of cycling about 6 years ago after I’d given up playing squash. It all started with poodling about on Ashtead common on a mountain bike doing no more than a few miles at a time. Then came the bi-weekly pub cycle, again just a few miles. After a while the distances grew and I tried a few Sportives, the first being 33 miles of London Bridges. As I got to a 50 mile one I borrowed a hybrid from a friend for some training and couldn’t believe the difference so that was soon followed by a hit to the credit card. After that I did the London Nightrider in 2013 which was a real test as it’s through the night. For someone who needs his sleep like I do I have no idea how easily I managed this ride. In 2015 I rode to Paris with my Son on a totally self-managed ride, choosing the shortest route available of course. By then I’d got bike no.3 – a road bike, something I never intended, much like all the clothing and accessories that I never thought I needed.This is my 2nd chance at the ride thanks to the lovely people at MS-UK as I was meant to do the ride in 2015 (and was feeling reasonably confident after Paris) when I ejected from my bike with one week to go. A cracked rib and punctured lung were the result and I still don’t know to this day what made me come off, all within a mile from home on a perfectly sunny day and without a pothole in sight.
Anyway, here we are again 2 years later. Preparation could not have been worse, particularly the past month, so I’m not feeling too confident with 70 miles as my max mileage to date, but I’ll give it a go. At least the hilly part is my local territory so maybe a bit of local knowledge could come in handy. I’m just hoping I can arrive at the Leatherhead hub with a degree of dignity intact so that my home fans aren’t too disillusioned.
I’ve raised a bit more this time to go with my £600 from 2015 and all for a very worthy cause. I lost my cousin Jeff to MS at the tender age of 44 in that year which is why I have to see this thing through. He had the most Christmas Cracker type sense of humour but always had a joke and a smile.
Good luck to all my fellow riders, especially the MS group.
Good luck to everyone taking on RideLondon today, we’ll be near Trafalgar Square cheering our hearts out with our wonderful volunteers. Look for the purple!
As this Thursday is the deadline to join team MS-UK for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, I thought I would share this video from my family to make you smile!
Cycling can be a lot of fun when you are joined by a friend. So, my brother Lawrence and my Dad, Andrew, paired up to cycle around the rural lanes of Tendring in Essex when they were preparing for their own RideLondon challenge in aid of MS-UK.
Little did they know they would be taken over by a peacock, who simply didn’t want to get out of the road!
If you think you’re up for RideLondon and taking on the Olympic route (hopefully without any peacocks in the way!) get in touch with Jenny or call 01206 226500!
Friday 19 May is ‘bike to work day’ in the United States!
Will you be joining our overseas cousins and taking part?
A few of us at the MS-UK office are planning on doing our bit and cycling in from home, leaving our cars behind and reducing down our carbon emissions!
For those of you that cycle in every day and are keen on their wheels, we have an excellent event that is both a challenge and a great way to fundraise for our cause, providing information and support for those affected by MS.
The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 event on the 30 July is a 100 mile race that starts in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and incorporates the Surrey hills including Box Hill and Leith Hill before finishing on the Mall.
It’s sure to be an amazing event, with cyclists travelling in from all corners of the country and even the globe to take part (hence the American connection!)
The ballot for this event is now closed, but MS-UK has a few guaranteed entries which are still up for grabs if you’d like to bag a place!
This event requires high levels of fitness and participants must be able to complete the route in less than 8.5 hours, so if you’re up for the challenge, do it for MS-UK!
For more information get in touch or give me a call on 01206 226500!
Now – on yer bike!
Events Fundraiser, MS-UK
Friday 19 May is ‘bike to work day’ in the United States! Will you be joining our overseas cousins and taking part? A few of us at the MS-UK office are planning on doing our bit and cycling in from home, leaving our cars behind and reducing down our carbon emissions! For those of you that cycle in every day and are keen on their wheels, we have an excellent event that is both a challenge and a great way to fundraise for our cause, providing information and support for those affected by MS. The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 event on the 30 July is a 100 mile race that starts in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and incorporates the Surrey hills including Box Hill and Leith Hill before finishing on the Mall. It’s sure to be an amazing event, with cyclists travelling in from all corners of the country and even the globe to take part (hence the American connection!) The ballot for this event is now closed, but MS-UK has a few guaranteed entries which are still up for grabs if you’d like to bag a place! This event requires high levels of fitness and participants must be able to complete the route in less than 8.5 hours, so if you’re up for the challenge, do it for MS-UK! For more information get in touch or give me a call on 01206 226500! Now - on yer bike! Best wishes, Jenny Jenny Poulter Events Fundraiser, MS-UK