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Overcoming this year’s difficulties

Jill Purcell (Headshot).JPGThese are challenging times for charities, as Fundraising Manager Jill Purcell explains

When COVID-19 hit, we saw much of our income dry up literally overnight due to major fundraising events being cancelled all across the country. It was time to act quickly and think outside the box to find new ways for our supporters to continue fundraising for us and help us continue to provide our vital services for anyone affected by multiple sclerosis (MS).

With a bucket full of determination and a huge dose of passion, we launched our urgent appeal to raise general funds and our first-ever virtual event, My MS Marathon, to raise money for our telephone counselling service.

I am really pleased to say that we have had an excellent response to both campaigns. At the time of writing, we have received over £10,000 in donations. Thank you to everyone who has kindly made their generous contributions. It just goes to show how much people can pull together and care about our MS community. The appeal is still running, so if you would like to make a donation we’d be hugely grateful for your support.

Catherine Wakefield

My MS Marathon

My MS Marathon is going so well that we’ve decided to extend the event until the end of August, so there is still time to take part! We’ve seen lots of interesting challenges being taken on, from walking and running to gaming. People love My MS Marathon because it is really accessible. It’s your challenge, your way and you can take part at your own pace. It just needs to be focused around the number 26 – the number of miles in a marathon. Everyone that raises over £100 receives an exclusive My MS Marathon medal, too.

Catherine Wakefield, who lives with secondary progressive MS, was inspired to take part in My MS Marathon after a friend told her about it on Facebook. Catherine calculated that if she did a lap a day around her village green every day for a month using her “purple wheels of steel”, she could smash the marathon distance and so her challenge was born. Catherine said, “If Captain Sir Tom could do it at 100, surely I could manage a few laps around the village green!”

If you would like to take part in My Ms Marathon, all you need to do is dream up your challenge based around the number 26, pledge to raise £100 and sign up at Thank you in advance for your support.

Whilst the appeal and My MS Marathon are working well, the road ahead is still very rocky. We are constantly working on new ideas to bring in much-needed funds so we can continue to help anyone affected by MS. 

Could you volunteer to place collection pots in your local area for us?

Here at MS-UK, we have an amazing group of volunteers who we call our MS-UK Community Champions, and we are looking for more people to help.

It doesn’t matter where you are in the country, if you think you can help us to raise vital funds by placing collection pots in your local area, then please do get in touch with our Community Fundraiser Lucy today on 01206 226500 or email

Thank you again for all your support and stay safe and well,

Jill Purcell, Fundraising Manager