The Ascot Race Day was attended by friends and supporters of The October Club and the MS Trust, and included a raffle and auction to raise vital funds for our Advanced MS Champions project, which will transform care for the thousands of people living with this debilitating disease in the UK.
Pam Macfarlance, Chief Executive of the MS Trust, said: “It was a brilliant day! We’d like to thank The October Club for organising such a wonderful event and everyone who attended for their generosity and support. The money raised will make a real difference for people with advanced MS.”
Since 1987, The October Club, a group of people working in the City of London Equity Business, has raised over £10 million for small charities with transformational projects, with an average £500,000 for each cause. We are thrilled that for their 30th anniversary the group has chosen to support the MS Trust’s Advanced MS project.
The Advanced MS Champions Programme aims to help some of the 40,000 people living with the worst symptoms of MS such as increasing disability, severe pain and fatigue, difficulty swallowing, spasticity, bladder and bowel problems, and loss of memory.
MS Trust research has found that many people with MS report losing contact with MS specialist services as their condition gets worse, and have to rely on informal care from family and friends, and sometimes have to manage the condition alone.
Thanks to the support of The October Club, the MS Trust is now able to launch a new three-year programme to pioneer new Advanced MS Champions to bring co-ordinated care to people in urgent need. We hope this project will leave a huge and lasting legacy for the future.