Amy Thompson explains why she created MS Together, and how you can get involved
MS Together is a support group for young people aged 18-35 who have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) and live in the UK/Ireland.
The group was founded last year by me, Amy Thompson, after I was diagnosed with MS at the age of 21. I struggled to find anyone who I could really relate to and I couldn’t find any support groups that existed just for young people. Over the last year, the group has grown from just six members to over 330 and I have huge, exciting plans for the future of MS Together.
We offer a private Facebook group for members to connect, an optional WhatsApp group chat for more frequent support, virtual meet ups (three to four per month), and in-person meet ups (when possible). So far, we have had three in-person meet ups and we have hosted a number of virtual events including a bottomless brunch, motivational and research talks, a murder mystery, a mind-set evening, bingo and quiz nights.
On 20 December 2020, MS Together are throwing a virtual Christmas Party for all members to enjoy. As part of this, we have organised a Christmas Raffle and we’ve been donated some incredible prizes, including several vouchers, personalised gifts, chocolates and snacks, wellbeing sessions, crates of beer, hampers and bundles, perfume, jewellery, art, home decor, and a top mystery prize!
All profits raised from the raffle will be donated to MS-UK who have helped many of our members this year through their counselling service. We are very grateful for the work they do, and we are delighted to be fundraising for them. We have already raised over £500 and we still have almost three weeks to go.
Raising money for charities like MS-UK is so important, especially during these challenging times. There are so many ways you can fundraise nowadays, and the team at MS-UK will support you all the way.
If anyone would like to find out more about MS Together or our Christmas Raffle you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow us on Instagram @mstogetherofficial or request to join our private Facebook group here www.facebook.com/groups/mstogetherofficial.
We basically offer a safe and supportive space for all members whilst also making it fun, positive, and uplifting. We would love to be able to share more information about the group and we will welcome any new members with open arms!
If you would like to speak to the team at MS-UK about your own fundraising idea, then please contact Lucy on 01206 226500 or email Lucy@ms-uk.org