Fundraising

We love a good fundraiser here at MS Research and Relief Fund - lately we've organised events from Bake Offs to three-day cycle rides with much more in between.

How would you like to help us raise much-needed funds? We’d love your help with raising money to fund the services we provide to people in the North East and nationally.

Whether it's pushing yourself to run a marathon, daring to be a thrill-seeker or hosting a coffee morning with your friends, we're grateful for every penny.

Stuck for ideas? Don't worry, we've put together a handy A-Z of Fundraising Ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Go on, use your imagination and if you need sponsor forms, collecting tins or advice, we’ll help you out in any way we can.

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When it comes to raising money to keep MSRRF running, we don’t have any limits! We are constantly running events to help with fundraising and are always open to ideas from you. Call Dan on 01670 505829 with any ideas or queries you have.

From running a local bake sale to running a marathon and collecting sponsorship; we don’t mind how it’s done, all donations are very warmly received.

So, if you’d like to organise an event to raise money for MSRRF, please get in touch and we can provide loads of helpful hints for setting up JustGiving pages, organising local events and spreading the word!

Here are just some of the ways we raise funds for MSRRF:

Whether you’d like to hold a sponsored Bake Off at your local village hall or organise a full-scale 5k running race, we’re always delighted to hear about people fundraising for MSRRF. And we’d like to help you as much as we can.

People have done a whole range of things for us in the past – from skydiving and treks to Mt. Everest to music gigs and coffee mornings – and we’re grateful for every penny they’ve raised.

Our experienced team members have loads of useful tips for the best ways to raise money, how to publicise an event and how to set up a JustGiving page. Please pick our collective brains so that we can all get the best out of your sponsored events. Contact us now for an MSRRF sponsorship pack.

We don’t receive any statutory funding, so we rely on legacies, fundraising and donations in order to fund the services we provide from Benmar House in Morpeth and from our outreach provisions throughout the North East. That means we’re always very grateful for donations from groups or individuals.

The best and easiest way to raise money online is to set up a JustGiving page. Visit www.justgiving.com/ms-researchandrelief to find out how simple it is to get started. JustGiving allows your friends and family to donate securely either online or via text message, and enables you to spread your unique fundraising story using photos, video and words.

For more information on JustGiving, other donation methods and more information, please visit our donations page.

Whilst MS is not a terminal condition, it does stay with people for the rest of their lives. This means that they may need care and treatment on an ongoing basis and can change the lives of their families and friends too.

Leaving a bequest to MSRRF, however small, is a simple and valuable way of supporting people affected by MS. Your solicitor can advise you on how to include a legacy in your Will. If you don’t have a solicitor contact us on 01670 505829 and we’ll be glad to advise you.

For more information on leaving a bequest, please click here.

If you’re a UK taxpayer you can make a Gift Aid declaration which allows us to recover 25p more on every £1 donated to us. That means that if you donate £10, we actually receive £12.50. This makes an enormous difference to us and is at no extra cost to yourself.

For more information about Gift Aid and how to make a declaration, please see the Gift Aid section of our donations page – it’s a small thing that can really make a difference.

There are plenty of ways for businesses to get involved in supporting MSRRF. Whether it’s a one-off event to raise funds, getting a team of runners together to enter the Great North Run for us or simply employees volunteering to help us on our events, we can facilitate anything.

We’re always open to new forms of sponsorship on our events too. If you’d like to see your business’ branding appear at our events, get in touch and we’ll be happy to discuss any available opportunities

Fancy raising some funds for MS Research and Relief Fund? Need a bit of inspiration to get you started? Not to worry, we’ve created a handy A-Z guide to fundraising ideas. Whether you’ve got your mind on something big or small, you’re sure to find something to whet your appetite.

Click here to view our A-Z of Fundraising Ideas.

This year saw the launch of our Great Benmar Bake Off, a baking competition held over five weeks, culminating in a Grand Final at Benmar House. The event raised over £1,220 for MSRRF and we’re looking to increase that in the future! Plans for the 2018 event are already being drawn up and will be released in due course.

Click here for more information about the 2017 Great Benmar Bake Off.

In the meantime, our Christmas Bake Off will be running this December. The competition will be held over one week and will be open entries – the only restriction is that entries must be Christmassy! If you’re a brilliant baker or an aspiring amateur, entry details are coming soon so be sure to keep your eyes peeled.

Fancy taking on the World’s greatest half marathon whilst raising money for us in the process? Get in touch with us about a space on #TeamMSRRF for the 2018 Great North Run (full details will be released soon).

2017’s event was our most successful so far, with 35 runners carrying the flag for MSRRF. Our partnership with the MS Society also meant that we were able to offer our runners access to a large charity tent where they could get massages and refreshments after finishing the run. To view the pictures from our previous Great North Run events, please click here

18-20th May 2018

MSRRF is delighted to announce its first Coast to Coast Bike Ride to raise money for our charity. This fully-supported trip is ideal for cyclists of any level and includes accommodation, meals, professional guides, a medic, mechanics and all the support you’ll need to experience this exceptional event.

We hope to nurture a wonderful team spirit between participants and look forward to sharing an amazing experience while raising money to benefit people with MS here in the North East. There is a £75 registration fee to secure your place on the event and the cost of the fully supported trip (with all accommodation, food, support etc. included) is £295 per person. We recommend each entrant raises a minimum sponsorship of £500.

For further information, please visit the Coast to Coast event page.

Supporters' Stories

EVEREST TREK


In early 2017, Ally – the daughter of one of our service users – took part in a trek to the base camp of Mt Everest in Nepal - a dizzying 17,598 feet above sea level. The expedition was over a whopping 17 days and Ally raised over £1,000 for MSRRF.

IRONMAN


In September 2017, Paul took on the Barcelona Ironman – a gruelling challenge comprising a 2.4mi swim in the sea, followed immediately by a 112mi cycle and finishing with a 26.2mi marathon run. Paul finished in 11h 00m 12s and has so far raised over £250 for MSRRF and counting.

Read Paul's Story

CAKE DAY


In July 2017, MSRRF trustee Peter and his wife Judith held a bake sale at their home, asking people to bake cakes and buy slices of others to raise money for people affected by MS. The sale raised over £800, which was split evenly between the MS Society and MSRRF.

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