25 years of the MS Trust
Watch our video showcasing some of the MS Trust’s achievements over the past 25 years.
2018 marks 25 years since Chris Jones and Jill Holt founded the MS Trust. Over the past quarter of a century, we’ve supported thousands of people with MS and their families – but we know there’s still much work to be done to ensure nobody has to face MS alone.
My GP didn’t know; my neurologist thought I shouldn’t know; the books in the library were out of date; the internet didn’t exist. I couldn’t access the information I wanted because I wasn’t a doctor, but without medical training I couldn’t understand it anyway. We were told: ‘You’ve got MS; go home and learn to live with it’.
- Chris Jones, MS Trust co-founder
These are the memories of MS Trust co-founder Chris Jones, who was diagnosed with MS in the 80s. For Chris, and the thousands of other people living with the condition around that time, the landscape was bleak. The information available about MS was woefully inadequate; MS research was underfunded; specialist MS health professionals were few and far between, and the image of MS was often unduly negative.
In 1993, Chris and her good friend Jill Holt, whose mum had MS, decided enough was enough. Together they founded a small charitable trust to provide information, support and, perhaps most importantly of all, hope, to those people feeling like they had nowhere and no one to turn to. That charity was the MS Trust.
25 years later, it may be a very different picture for people with MS, and there may be new challenges to contend with, but our promise to be in the corner of everyone affected by MS remains. With your help, we vow to be there for the next 25 years too – and beyond - fighting to ensure everyone has the information and support they need to live their lives with MS.
Here are just some of the ways we've supported people with MS over the past 25 years
MS Trust timeline
How you can help us make a difference
Over the last 25 years, we’ve been there for people with MS. We’re still there for them today and with your help, we’ll be there for them tomorrow. To donate £2, £5 or £10 now, text MSTR01 £2 (or £5 or £10) to 70070. Thank you.