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With a little help from our friends

Friends of the MS Trust groupsWe’re constantly inspired by the amazing work of our community fundraisers. Now some of you are joining together to make supporting the MS Trust even more fun, more social and more effective. Donna from our fundraising team introduces the new Friends of the MS Trust groups.

Community fundraising is vital to our work. Last year MS Trust supporters like you raised a quarter of a million pounds. That’s enough for us to train over 100 MS nurses to support thousands of people living with MS!

You’ve organised coffee mornings, cycled across the country, baked cakes, grown beards, shaved your heads and come up with loads of wonderful ways to raise money. We’re grateful to all of you who volunteer your time and energy to help us support people with MS. We encourage everyone to join in!

Anyone can get involved in community fundraising. You could do something as simple as putting a collection box in your local shop. Or you could organise a coffee morning, quiz night or glittering gala balls. It all makes a difference! We can provide tips and materials to make your event or activity a success. Everything you raise – £30 from a tombola or £300 from a concert – means we can be there for someone with MS.

And with our new Friends of the MS Trust groups you could join forces with other MS Trust supporters to achieve even more for people with MS!

Friends of the MS Trust groups are led by volunteers who are dedicated to raising money and awareness for the MS Trust in their community. We already have two established groups in the North East and in Scarborough and North Yorkshire, but we are looking for more enthusiastic people to lead fundraising efforts for the MS Trust in their local area.

Fundraising groups are a great way to meet people in your community, to have fun, gain new skills and, of course, support the work of the MS Trust. And you will not be out there on your own – you will have our full support.

Jon Burch formed the Scarborough and North Yorkshire group with his friends Pam and Michelle Cockshott. “Friends of the MS Trust is a great idea,” he says. “We are honoured to be one of the first groups formed. Pam and Michelle have been involved with the MS Trust for about 10 years and have raised around £16,000. After a couple of Great North Runs, cycle challenges and learning to swim, I have helped boost that to well over £20,000. We want to make sure the MS Trust can continue to be there for everyone that relies on them.”

Are you passionate about helping people with MS?

Would you like to raise funds in your community? If you’re interested in forming a Friends of the MS Trust fundraising group with like-minded folks in your area I’d love to hear from you.

Give me a call on 01462 476707 or email volunteer@mstrust.org.uk

It could be the start of something beautiful!

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