Success Stories

Over the years so many people from so many walks of life have kindly given their time, efforts and energy to raising money for MS Research in so very many different ways.

We cannot thank our many brave, determined and inventive fundraisers enough! You are all heroes!

In our debut newsletter of April 2013 we featured an article about Lara who having only just finished taking her GCSEs chose to climb Mount Kilimanjaro along with her father James.

We are pleased and proud to report that Lara successfully completed her challenge and raised over £3,000 for MS research. Lara kept us up to date on her JustGiving page and with the following e-mail when she arrived back in Nairobi.

“The important thing to say is that I made it! We summited overnight sat/sun and got to the peak at 0730. It was a full moon and so light that we didn’t need head torches. At the top the sun rose into a clear sky…it was wonderful. The climb was cold and relentless but I kept at it, despite being sick half way up!!

The walk was completely exhausting but so exhilarating. I feel privileged to have been able to complete it.

It took us two days to get down and now we are back in Nairobi taking it easy before heading home.” Lara Alexander

Brian and Rob’s bike ride (West Bromwich Albion Stadium to Sunderland’s Stadium of Light) raised well over £3,000 and Heather and Scot’s Richmond ride has raised nearly £700 to date.

"Phil Walked 40km for MS Research"

Ann is 60 years old and participated in the South Downs Walk (in the rain) covering a kilometer for every year of her life. Phil has MS –he walked 40 kilometers on the same occasion as did Rachel. Between them they raised well over £2,500 for MS Research.

Emily recently trekked the 75K Vancouver West Coast trail in memory of her mum who had MS-over £1,000 raised to date. George’s spectacular beard raised over £500, and Leanne, Beth and Ella have raised over £700 to date doing the 10 peaks –their wonderful efforts deserve more and their Just Giving pages are still live if you would like to help.

Natalie’s Caledonian challenge is also supported by Aviva –see how on her just giving page which is still open. We are still awaiting the outcome of many other events but to all of those who work so hard to raise funds and those who support them we say you are our heroes!

Use our JustGiving link to set up your page for event sponsorship and to advertise your event. Click here / Example

From the Great North Run to trekking in the Himalayas to skydiving and so many more amazing feats, nothing seems to stop people from raising money for MS Research and we are enormously grateful but if the adrenaline rush is not your thing take a look at just a few of the other amazing ways money has been raised:

Congratulations and thanks to Rebekah Cooper who organised a Fashion Bazaar, on 14th July 2012, in Boston Lincs to raise funds for MS Research in memory of her boyfriends mum. The evening was a great success and featured stunning designs created by students at The Haven College as well as a fantastic range of latest fashion styles and a very nostalgic vintage clothes show. The more mature of us well remember those crazy hot pants and big look padded shoulders with fondness or embarrassment (definitely the later in my case!). The evening was well supported by local Traders and much enjoyed by everyone. It raised just under £1,000 so well done “Rebekah!

Some people will go to any lengths to support multiple sclerosis research! Emma and her friends have even taken off (many of) their clothes!!

Emma Bass from The King’s Arms pub in Oakhampton, North Devon, came up with the idea of making a calendar in aid of MS Research charity with some friends. They accepted the challenge and have taken off (many of) their clothes with no hesitation for Nik Foster who took all the photographs!!

Emma explains that she is did this because she has strong understanding of Multiple Sclerosis (MS):
My husband has MS, and he is in pain every day. He suffers in silence as there is nothing he can do to relieve it. He is constantly tired and suffers from muscle tremors along with having to face the fact it may one day get worse and he could end up in a wheelchair or worse. He puts on such a brave face I do not realize sometime how much he is suffering and I am not as sympathetic as I should be but he is my hero.

The Penny-Anne and Duck-Duck Stories (Illustrated) [Paperback]

Des Burnell (Author), Avenda Burnell Walsh (Illustrator)

This delightful collection of stories about a little girl and her favourite toy represent a loving family’s memories of a much missed daughter and sister. Penny Anne was by all accounts, a wonderful character who never let her MS stop her from living life to the full.

Copies can be bought through Amazon or by contacting us abi.wiltshire@ms-research.org.uk

All profits go to the the charity MS Research and to help in the fight against MS.