If you or someone you love has been affected by multiple sclerosis (MS), you’ll understand how important it is to be able to access the right support at the right time. That could be a call into our helpline to discuss managing symptoms, finding out the latest MS news in our magazine New Pathways, accessing emotional support through counselling or attending an online exercise session or our Peer Support Service. MS-UK is here to support anyone affected by MS through every step of their journey.
To help us plan our services more effectively and remain financially robust today and in the future, we’ve introduced MS-UK Supporters' Club for people who want to support our work by donating a regular, monthly gift. When you join MS-UK’s Supporters' Club, you will be joining a special community of people who really want to continually help MS-UK to provide vital support for anyone affected by MS. Together, we can help people with MS live healthier and happier lives.
A little goes a long way...
Your monthly gift doesn’t have to be large to make a difference – it can be anything from just a few pounds a month. Every penny we receive will go directly towards improving our vital services.
- £5 could pay for a chair yoga instructor for one hour to help people improve their physical and mental wellbeing.
- £10 could pay for an information pack to support those newly diagnosed with MS.
- £25 could pay for an MS-UK Helpline and Information Officer to answer a call and provide information and emotional support.
- £50 could pay for a counselling session with one of our MS counsellors
There’s no commitment or contract, simply give for as long as you’d like, or are able.
Join MS-UK's Supporters' Club
Your donations will help us support people like Michelle. Here's her story...
'I sought counselling with MS-UK was because I was suffering from anxiety and depression. I had lost my zest for life. I was feeling sad, crying all the time and not looking after myself. I was in a very dark place and I did not like the way I was feeling. I knew that I needed professional help and support to enable me to get better. I desperately wanted to be myself again and get my mojo back.
I wanted to use a service that was completely independent and I found out that MS-UK offered telephone counselling, which I signed up to. I found the counselling sessions offered such a safe space where I was able to talk about how my anxiety and depression impacted my life.
It was valuable to have someone who was non-judgemental, had a good understanding of mental health issues, and how stressful situations can impact on multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms and cause relapses or flares. The counsellor used cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and provided me with strategies to help me better manage my anxieties and depression. We worked on short-term goals, for example, the importance of self-care and daily routines and then explored some longer-term goals.
The biggest changes that I experienced as a result of having counselling was the feeling of having some of the weight lifted off my shoulders. I had been carrying around these feelings for a while and felt lighter just by having someone I trusted to talk and share my inner feelings with. My family noticed the changes in me, especially when I was making the concerted effort to get out of bed each day. I had started to take care of myself and was washing and dressing.
My appetite improved and I started to eat regular meals and gained weight. I stopped isolating myself and started to go out of the house and became more active, even if it was just for a short walk to the park to get fresh air and connect with nature. I was no longer crying and my family said I appeared more cheerful in my mood. The darkness of the depression was starting to lift. The changes in my mental and physical health became noticeable to those closest to me.
I would say to some with MS and who is struggling to cope to please access the MS-UK Counselling service. There is no need to suffer in silence and feel alone, there is a saying 'a problem aired is a problem shared'. Just pick up the phone and get the help you need.'
How we’ll say thank you…
When you join MS-UK’s Supporters' Club you’ll receive a welcome pack with more information on how your donations make a difference. You’ll also receive quarterly newsletters to keep up to date with developments at MS-UK, a copy of our annual report and priority invitations to fundraising and other special events the charity is planning.
Become a member of MS-UK Supporters' Club and start making a difference today!
It takes just a couple of minutes to join online. Click on the button below to sign up.
We’ll get notification once you’ve signed up to make your monthly donation and will then be in touch to confirm your membership and say thank you (make sure you opt in to hear from us when you sign up so we have your contact details!).
Join MS-UK's Supporters' Club
Or call us on 01206 226500 and we can set it up over the phone.
Click below for the membership form, which you can fill in and return by post to Freepost MS-UK
Got any questions?
Call Jill Purcell, Fundraising Manager on 01206 226500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org