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The ultimate Valentine's Day gift that keeps giving!

Posted on: February 12 2018


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

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

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

MS-UK Summer Ball

Posted on: February 25 2016


Our annual Summer Ball is happening this year on 08 July at Le Talbooth in Dedham; set deep in the heart of Constable Country, this is an idyllic venue.

The evening will include drinks on the lawn, a three course meal, live entertainment and a DJ as well as a raffle and auction with some amazing prizes up for grabs – plus you get to spend the evening with us lovely people!

If you’d like to join us for this spectacular evening then you can get our limited Spring offer of £65 a seat if you book now, just email Mark at or call 01206 226500.

Alternatively, if you can’t make the night but would like to support us, why not contribute a raffle prize? If you have any ideas of what you could donate then just get in touch!

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