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Where are you planning on going on holiday this year?

Posted on: January 30 2018

Whether you are thinking of jetting off to the sunshine for a luxury getaway, a cruise or a UK staycation, you can raise funds for MS-UK with every booking you make.

We have teamed up with Give as you Live to bring some great travels offers to you and when booking you'll know you will be raising free donations to help our ongoing work supporting all those affected by multiple sclerosis (MS).

Just visit our Give as you Live page, register and book online through travel companies including Expedia, Thomas Cook,, and many more and know that you have raised funds for us at no cost to you.

Thank you and have a great holiday!


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

Afternoon tea for Volunteers' Week

Posted on: June 05 2017

img_0722_0.jpgHi everyone, Last Friday we hosted a small afternoon tea, to thank our local volunteers! This is part of the national Volunteers' Week campaign.

Guests included people who support our work at Josephs Court, fundraising volunteers as well as some of our Trustees! It was a great afternoon, with plenty of cake - all supplied by the Colchester branch of Marks & Spencer, who have nominated us as charity of the year - thank you!  

img_0121.jpgIt always amazes us how many people contribute to our work...we simply couldn't be the charity we are today without the hard work and dedication of our volunteers. You can view our afternoon tea party photos on Facebook now.  

Best wishes, Jill and Sarah Fundraising Manager and General Manager

Off to New Zealand this summer?

Posted on: January 24 2017

Hi guys,

As someone who loves to hear about the great things people around the world are doing to spread a positive message about living life to the full with multiple sclerosis, I was really interested when ms. Auckland got in touch about an event they are hosting.

The event, which is in June 2017, will be a charity dinner/auction at Eden Park. This will be a grand event featuring the hilarious Jeremy Corbett as MC and many well-known rugby enthusiasts, including the very special Sir Graham Henry.


Now, for me this is quite a long way to go (although it does sound like lots of fun!) but if you’re travelling this Summer then you may be interested in finding out more. Just email the ms. Auckland team at to find out more.

And if you do manage to get to New Zealand, don’t forget to take a mini Myles teddy bear with you and send me the photos!

Best wishes,


Laura May

Interim Fundraising and Marketing Manager

P.S. Confirmed speakers include Stuart Barnes and Miles Harrison!

Stuart is a former English rugby union footballer, and now rugby commentator for Sky Sports. Barnes played fly-half for Newport RFC, Bristol, Bath; and represented England and the British Lions at international level.

Miles Harrison is the principal rugby union commentator for British television network Sky Sports.

Top 5 Summer Fundraising Winners!

Posted on: August 19 2016

top-5_1.pngHave you got the post summer holiday blues? Looking for something to do during the next couple of weeks to re-live that summer fun?

Why not try your hand at some fundraising for MS-UK? Here are some of the best summer fundraising ideas we could think of to give you back that holiday feeling!

1. A huge water fight
2. A swimathon
3. A beach BBQ
4. Wear a classic Hawaiian shirt for a week
5. A mojito and burrito night

If any of these summer fundraising ideas have taken your fancy or if you have another awesome fundraising event you want to put on don’t hesitate to get in touch with Nick on 01206 226 500 or by email at!


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

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