Sarah from the West Midlands was still getting to grips with her own MS diagnosis when she decided to throw a garden party to raise awareness and funds.
Here she tells us more about her event and how she used it to help her family and friends understand more about MS.
My Garden Party was an absolutely fantastic success! The sun was shining and the whole afternoon was perfect.
I chose to have a fundraising afternoon to raise money for the MS Trust and to make people aware of the support the MS Trust can offer for people and families living with MS. Also, to make people more aware of the disease itself.
I was diagnosed with MS in November 2014 and it is a whole new world for me, and for my family and friends. So I thought the MS Trust's My Garden Party would be a good opportunity to let everybody know about it.
On Saturday 8 August 2015 between 1pm and 5pm, we held our garden party. There was a BBQ, cake sale, pink lemonade bar, ice-cream sale, tombola, auction, book sale, plant sale and a number of games to take part in. There were printed factsheets about MS and its symptoms and factsheets about all the good support that the MS Trust provides.
I would like to thank all my family, friends and neighbours who attended and contributed to help raise a massive £421. This was truly more than I had dreamed! A special big thank you to Richard, Lynn, Stephen, Laura, Barry, Karen, Kevan and Diane - they were totally the driving force that made the day happen.
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