Marathon meet up!

Hi everyone,

On Wednesday 15 November we went to meet some of our MS-UK #TeamPurple marathon runners in London – and it was a great night!

VMLM meet up 15.11.17 2.jpgDuring the event our runners heard from us about the next steps in the lead up to Virgin Money London Marathon and we shared some top fundraising ideas.

We also had some guest speakers! Our first speaker was John Trory who has been supporting MS-UK for 18 years. John spoke about his running experiences, the highs and the lows. This will be his 45th marathon in 2018!

Next up was Jessica Armstrong who as well as running for MS-UK is a sports therapist professionally. Jessica shared some top tips about stretches for warm up and cool down as well as doing some live strengthening exercises.

We then heard from Sheena Watts who ran her first marathon last year. During Sheena’s inspirational talk she said if she can do a marathon anyone can and was full of top tips for surviving a first marathon!

The finale was led by father and son team Chris and John Bradshaw. Chris ran his first marathon for MS-UK in 2017 and in 2018 he will be running along with his dad who will be 61 years old. Chris and John were full of great advice and showed a very entertaining video which they had put together. Chris’s favourite running regime is to run at 5am which energises him for the day and he starts the day raring to go!

The biggest tip that came across during the evening was pick a training plan that works for you, the warm ups and cool downs are as important as the training to prevent injury and preparation is key!

Thanks again to Tijmen Wigchert and CBW for hosting the event for us and providing the refreshments.

Our brilliant Virgin Money London Marathon team help us continue our work supporting people affected by multiple sclerosis, and it was amazing to see so many before the big day arrives in 2018!

Best wishes,

Jill

Jill Purcell, Fundraising Manager

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Guest blog: Karen’s marathon story…

Next year, Karen Miele will be running the Virgin Money London Marathon. Discover her creative approach to fundraising in this guest blog…


When I got the call confirming that I had been accepted onto the MS-UK Virgin Money London Marathon team my mind was a big mixed bag of emotions. Having run a marathon before I knew how how much hard work it would be – not just the marathon itself, but also the fundraising.image2.JPG

Once the fear and excitement had started to settle, I knew the first step was to put together a fundraising plan. As well as the usual bake sales and raffles, I wanted to do something a little different. Instead of just relying on donations, I began to think about how I could engage people in my fundraising and what I could offer them in return.

I heard about a photographer who offered portraits in return for donations, which got me thinking about how I might take a similar approach. I am an artist and printmaker, so I decided to use my skills to host a series of art and craft workshops.

image3.JPGThe first was a knitting crafternoon, followed by two lino print tote bag workshops. I set up event pages on Facebook and invited people to donate to my JustGiving page in return for a ticket to the event – and of course no good event should go ahead without some cake and snacks, which I baked the day before!

 

The feedback on the workshops has been fantastic, and many new people are already keen to come along next time. My guests loved spending an afternoon learning a new skill and discovering creativity they never knew they had – all while raising money for such an important cause.

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I have also been busy making some running themed accessories and jewellery to sell.  My first item is a laser cut purple shimmer “Runner” necklace. I chose the purple theme as it’s both the colour for MS-UK and my running club, the Notts Women Runners! These have been really popular, and sales have already raised over £100. I will soon be adding keyrings and screen printed tote bags to the range.

My advice for anyone seeking fundraising ideas is to think about what makes you an individual. Ask yourself what skills you have that you can use or share to create unique experiences for your donors. Good luck!


Find out more about fundraising events with MS-UK on our website.

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Guest blog: Making the most of your work experience

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My name is Florence, and I have recently embarked upon what will hopefully be just the beginning of my MS-UK volunteering journey. After a few tumultuous months of post-uni panic I decided I was ready to start gaining some valuable vocational experience in the marketing department of a local charity. From various internships and volunteering posts which I have enjoyed in the past I made the decision that the marketing path was the most suitable direction for me to take in the charity sector. The MS-UK marketing department has provided the perfect environment for me to pick up key skills and techniques necessary for success in the charity marketing world. I wanted to share a few top tips which have helped me to ensure that I have gained a wealth of knowledge and experience from my limited time here at MS-UK…

  1. ASK QUESTIONS! – This is without doubt the most important part of utilising your learning opportunity to the best of your ability! Nobody expects you to have all the answers as you’re quivering with feelings of inadequacy at your far-too-fancy desk. Take your colleagues seriously when they give you the ‘if you’ve got any questions just give me a shout’ spiel. Every question I’ve asked at MS-UK has been answered with a smile, and I’d still be stuck on my first task if I hadn’t plucked up the courage to admit I was somewhat clueless about the best way to make a merry poster for our Christmas fundraising appeal
  2. Find your niche – Make sure your team provide you with a wide variety of tasks to complete during your placement. Ensure you have at least one of your own personal projects to work on, however big or small, so that you have work to be proud of and claim as your own when discussing the value of your experience in future. However, don’t allow yourself to be caught up in one minute area of the job. Experiencing an assortment of aspects to the role will enable you to find your niche and understand yourself as an employee. If you work out which tasks you’re good at you can establish an understanding of the type of role you may excel in in the future and tailor your job search to these realisations
  3. Strengths and weaknesses of the company itself – Work out what sort of organisation is best suited to your needs. You may find that you rely upon a strict sense of routine, therefore a ‘flexible working hours’ policy is definitely not for you. Others may thrive in an environment where they can mix up their working pattern on a daily basis. Getting to know which aspects of the organisation you’re working for are tailored to your attributes will really aid your understanding of what it is YOU want from your workplace, as well as what THEY want from you

Find out more about MS-UK and meet our team on our website!

 

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Fundraiser of the Month: Glenn

This November, Glenn shares his fundraising story with us. Glenn is taking on three marathons in aid of MS-UK. Fundraising means a lot to Glenn, who is running for his mum Kelly, who lives with multiple sclerosis (MS). Here is his story…


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Hello my name is Glenn Morrison and I am a welding apprentice from Aberdeenshire in Scotland, and I hope to raise £3,000 by running the Inverness, Dublin and London marathons for MS-UK .

My mum Kelly suffers from severe MS and was diagnosed almost 20 years ago. Sadly the decision was made that our mums level of care and risk was too high and she was to move into full time care. This was very hard for our family as mum felt we would never see her again.

That is why this fundraiser means so much. We wanted to show mum that we would still do anything for her.

We started organising fundraisers big and small aiming for people to get something back in return for sponsoring me. I started telling people why we were raising money and the response was unbelievable. People weren’t only donating money but raffle prizes, their time, support and advice on training and fundraising.

Some great advice to anyone fundraising would be, use the strengths of others! You don’t have to do everything yourself.

My sister loves to bake and we held a ‘homemade coffee and donuts day’. It went down better than expected and we raised £130. One of my mums best friends is great with arts and crafts and made a beautiful hamper with matching glitter Prosecco and glasses. We sold lucky squares for £3 each and the winner won the hamper, this raised £350. One of my friends decided they would do their own little fundraisers in their shop. She sold word searches for £1 each with prizes to be won. Her granny made home bakes and they sold them at the shop and put out buckets at the counters for small change. Small fundraisers soon mount up and she has raised over £300.

My work mates soon got in on the action and organised a bingo night at the local fish and chip shop would you believe! Everyone who attended received a fish supper before the bingo started and we held a raffle and bottle stall. The night was a huge success and raised £1,000.

The day after, our local football club let us hold the raffle for their quiz night and we raised another £300.

On Saturday 04 November I’m holding my next fundraiser, a dinner dance in aid of MS-UK. The organising is done and it is set to be another great night.

Since I started this challenge and have completed 2 out of the 3 marathons with only London to go. We have now passed our £3,000 target and we’re on track to raise a further £1,000 before the end of November. And we have made plans for our mum to travel down to London next year to see me finish the next marathon.

Although I am delighted to be fundraiser of the month I have to give credit to everyone that has put in so much of their time and effort for this cause. If it wasn’t for the support and encouragement of all my friends and family, our fundraising efforts would not be this successful.


Find out more about fundraising at MS-UK. Just call us on 01206 226500 or visit our website to complete our contact form.

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Taking it all in at the MS Trust conference

Hi everyone,

On Monday 13 November Nileema (our Counselling Coordinator) and myself went along to the MS Trust conference in Hinckley, Leicester!

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The MS Trust is a UK charity that produce multiple sclerosis (MS) information and support MS specialist health professionals. This year they celebrated their 21st annual conference, welcoming some 300 guests to learn, share expertise and focus on improving care for people living with MS.

We went along to seminars about sharing best practice and understanding MS and mental health. At the plenary session we learnt more about high risk MS drugs and keeping safe, as well as understanding and supporting risk perception to people with MS. All of the speakers were excellent, and it was a fantastic day.

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Nileema and I also spoke to people about our new service – MS-UK Counselling. This is a brand new telephone counselling service for people living with MS in the UK. You can find out more and register on our website at www.ms-uk.org/counselling.

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Thank you to the MS Trust for making us feel so welcome, and thank you to all of the MS professionals who stopped by our stand and chatted with us.

Looking forward to next year’s conference!

Laura

Laura May

Marketing Manager

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12 days of Christmas fundraising!

The MS-UK fundraising team are being busy little Christmas elves organising all the fun events for the festive season!

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Here are our ‘12 Days of Christmas’ fun ideas to support MS-UK in the run up to Christmas…

  1. Guess the candy canes in a jar. Charge £1 per go. You could use any seasonal treat or to make it harder by using dried fruit!
  2. Festive hat day! Why not get your colleagues involved and get them to have a wear a festive hat day at your place of work for a contribution to MS-UK? Other Christmas clothing could be an alternative.
  3. Name the Christmas toy. £1 a go. Choose a name from a list (we can provide one). When all the names have been chosen put the names in a (Santa) hat and film the person picking out the winning name!
  4. Give a gift online. Why not donate to MS-UK instead of sending Christmas cards this year?
  5. Christmas swear jars. Ban a particular Christmas word and if a colleague/family member is heard saying it they have to put a ‘fine’ into the jar.
  6. Christmas craft party. Charge an entry fee, and lead them to create a design. Supply some nibbles and a drink, and you’ll have a fab night.
  7. Christmas beard competition. Challenge your male friends to grow a Santa beards in return for donations.
  8. Card creations. Make your own festive Christmas cards this year and sell them to your friends in aid of MS-UK.
  9. Host a Christmas dinner party! Rather than having your annual Christmas get together with your friends at a bar or restaurant, get your pals to follow a ‘pay as you feel’ policy and cook them a festive feast at home! Donate the proceeds (if there are any, depending on your culinary abilities) to MS-UK!
  10. Get quizzing! Approach your local pub and see if they would be interested in hosting a Christmas quiz night for you. Charge per participant or by team to enter. You could even see if they will donate a prize to the winning team like a case of wine.
  11. Bake. Everybody likes cake, and now is the perfect excuse to have a slice. Why not take some festive cakes into your place of work, hold a stall at your childrens school Christmas bazaar or take along to a social group you attend. Get friends and family to join in too, the more the merrier!
  12. Sing, sing, sing! Love to sing? Why not create your own festive jukebox? Get friends and family to donate for you to sing their favourite Christmas song. You could even charge for extras such as wearing fancy dress or doing a duet. Film yourself doing them and share on social media with a link to your online fundraising page!

Order a fundraising pack today and you’ll get a free Christmas collection box! Email Jenny or call 01206 226500.

Remember…

Every penny you raise helps MS-UK support even more people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS). We wouldn’t be here without you – thank you!

 

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Christmas is coming!

Ho-ho-hello!

We have made a short film to let you know how you can support MS-UK this Christmas so please take a look  today on YouTube!

If you’d like to order a free Christmas collection box, just email Jenny or call us on 01206 226500. Every penny you raise helps us support people affected by multiple sclerosis, so thank you!

Best seasons wishes!

The MS-UK fundraising team

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