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Great cycling at the Goodwood Motor Circuit

6th June 2013 by laura.percival

MS Trust supporter Andrew Parkes shares his experience of taking part in the MS Circuit Challenge at Goodwood.

This was my second year taking part in the MS Trust’s cycle race at Goodwood and I knocked 20 mins off my time – 2hrs 15mins to beat next year then! I support the event for several reasons and it has been great fun to attend with my family and friends. My younger brother suffers with secondary progressive MS so I like to try and do something for an MS charity each year.

I enjoy cycling, mainly mountain biking, and classic cars in my spare time. Having cycled round the Nurburgring, Isle of Man TT course and Northwest 200 course, the Goodwood Motor Circuit seemed perfect to add to the list.

The day is a personal challenge and also fun for the kids. It takes about 1 1/2 hrs to travel down from where I live near Watford. If the weather is good, as it has been for the last few years, then the venue is just a spectacular treat to play in. It is also very accessible enabling all to get around with the minimum of fuss.

Friends that I have taken with me to the event have had a great time. The relaxed, safe atmosphere meant they enjoyed the venue. I think most took it for granted that Spitfires and Mustangs were taking off and landing while we were there – a great spectacle.

The afternoon lap ‘by any means’ is great fun and certainly an enjoyable time with the children, animals, various modes of transport and smiling people taking some exercise. My favoured means has been a skateboard being towed by a trail hound dog! We enjoyed the picnic before and after on the grass and the cakes on sale!

Thank you Kenny Smith and Lord March for making the venue accessible to the MS Trust. I think that with cycling on the up and with a little marketing the event will grow and grow and hopefully raise more and more for the MS Trust.

Find out more about the MS Circuit Challenge and view photos from the day

Cyclists at Goodwood

Fittleworth Medical sponsors MS Circuit Challenge at Goodwood

2nd May 2013 by laura.percival

This is a guest blog by Fittleworth Medical

We at Fittleworth Medical describe ourselves as a local company with a small budget but a big heart! We’re delighted to be one of the Gold sponsors of the MS Circuit Challenge, and are looking forward to taking part in the event at the Goodwood Motor Circuit on Sunday 12 May.

We approached the MS Trust about supporting the MS Circuit Challenge at Goodwood because we are a local company committed to supporting our community. We have previously enjoyed taking part in a dragon boat race for charity and thought it was time to get involved again, particularly as we have colleagues who have MS. We heard that the MS Circuit Challenge is a great day out for all the family and decided that this year we’d like to join in the fun!

Fittleworth Medical, based in Littlehampton, was founded in 1984 and has been in West Sussex since 1994. We specialise in home delivery of stoma, continence and wound care products, priding ourselves on providing a discreet and reliable service. For more information about Fittleworth Medical, please visit our website.

We’re currently organizing an Information Day in Ipswich on Saturday 18 May – see invitation (pdf). Places are limited and need to be booked in advance by calling Sue Goodchild at Fittleworth on 01903 311007.

An inspirational fundraising story

23rd March 2011 by laura.percival

Kenny Smith, who has impressively run the London Marathon six times for the MS Trust, decided to share his story with the MS world today. His honest, heart-felt and passionate story describes his fundraising career and why he chose to support the MS Trust.

Kenny’s final paragraph below was the icing on the cake and saw many of the MS Trust fundraising team reaching for the box of tissues!

 “My life is mapped out. I have three lovely daughters who I want to walk down the aisle, I have a fantastic wife who I want to grow old with, and around all of that I want to do as much as I can for the MS Trust.”

Kenny also talks about an event he has organised for the MS Trust, the MS Circuit Challenge at Goodwood, which is taking place this Sunday 27th March. For further information on this cycling and family fun day, please visit

We are very privileged to have many supporters just like Kenny and are extremely grateful for their support which helps and inspires us to continue helping those affected by MS.

To read Kenny’s story and other featured stories visit If you would like to share your story, you can do so by following the same link. We would be really pleased to hear from you.

MS Trust’s Marvellous Marathon Team

3rd March 2011 by jo.sopala

We’re always pleased to learn why people choose to support us through their fundraising activities, and so we were delighted to read what Gavin Giovannoni had written on his online donations page. Gavin is a Professor of Neurology at the Royal London Hospital and will be running the London Marathon for the MS Trust for second time this April. He says:

“In a “world of uncertainty” you should not take anything for granted; particularly your health. Can you imagine what it must be like to live with MS? Your life would be turned upside down; … will you be able to continue working? … would you need a walking stick? .. a wheelchair? … what will happen to your ability to communicate? … your memory? … your personality? … continence? … sexual function? … mood? … would your partner have to give up work to look after you? …?.

“The MS Trust is a charity that tries to bring “certainty” to the lives of people living with MS; unsung heroes in the battle against this terrible disease. Without the MS Trust’s help I would find it very hard to care for people with MS. The MS Trust needs your support to continue their work. PLEASE DONATE!”

We’re delighted that London Marathon runners like Gavin choose to support us more than once, and one of the marathon runners who we’ve known the longest is Kenny Smith, who is currently preparing for his 7th London Marathon this April! Kenny supports us because his sister Kathleen has MS, and not only does he run for us but he also organises the MS Circuit Challenge at Goodwood, where he works. Last year over £5,000 was raised by people taking part in a morning cycling race around the 2.38 mile Goodwood Motor Circuit or by joining in on the afternoon fun event by completing the circuit in fancy dress, on roller skates, and even on a pogo stick! This year’s event looks like being bigger and better so we’re hopeful of an ever larger fundraising total.

This year’s MS Circuit Challenge at Goodwood will be held on Sunday 27 March and we’re really looking forward to going along and meeting lots of keen cyclists and MS Trust supporters on the day.