Benmar House Gears Up for Pedal Power Challenge

Tuesday 23rd January saw the start of the MSRRF Pedal Power challenge – a three day event organised to promote the upcoming Coast to Coast cycle this May. During the event, the service users at Benmar House and their family, friends and carers took to static bikes and Motomeds to collectively cycle the distance that our riders will be covering this May – showing that if they can achieve this milestone, so can you!

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Christmas Trees Sparkle in Inaugural Festival

On Thursday 14th December, St George’s United Reformed Church in Morpeth was the host for the first annual Morpeth Christmas Tree Festival – all in aid of MS Research and Relief Fund. For the three day event, 22 local businesses and community groups exhibited uniquely decorated Christmas trees to draw in the public and help raise funds for the work of MSRRF.

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Legacy Giving

Do you, or have you known someone whose life has been affected by Multiple Sclerosis? This is the most common, chronic neurological condition that, although not terminal, stays with people for the remainder of their lives. Although there are currently estimated to be over 85,000 people diagnosed with MS, the illness also changes the lives of their partners, families and friends.

Leaving a legacy to MS Research and Relief Fund will enable us to continue to provide direct financial support to improve the quality of life of individuals and their families; to continue to research into the causes and relief of MS symptoms; and to facilitate a range of therapies.

Would You Consider Making A Bequest?

Multiple Sclerosis is not a terminal condition and those people affected by it often need support for their entire lifespan. YOUR legacy really can be a “Gift For Life.” Please consider a bequest to MS Research and Relief Fund. A bequest, 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 to MS Research and Relief Fund in your Will. If you don’t have a solicitor contact us on 01670 505829 and we’ll be glad to advise you.

Making A Will

People often don’t consider making a Will because they feel they have nothing of real value, but most people would be surprised at the amount which their ‘estate’ can realise. Your estate includes not only property and money in banks, it also includes all your personal possessions. Making a Will allows you to leave those special items to the persons of your choice.

Making a Will:

  • Puts you in control
  • Ensures you don’t leave your loved ones with additional financial and legal problems at a time that is already distressing
  • Is simple and inexpensive
A solicitor won’t pry into all your personal affairs. They will only need to know what your assets are relating to cash, savings, property, personal possessions etc. Then, of course, they will also need to know who will benefit from your Will and how YOU would like them to benefit.

Questions & Answers

Why do I need to make a Will? I want to leave everything to my spouse.

If you die without having made a Will, your estate is termed ‘in testate’. This means that legal processes must be carried out before the estate can be distributed. Legal costs are taken from the estate and the process is lengthy. This means that those who you wish to inherit your estate will receive less and have to wait longer for it.

Why should I bother to make a Will when I don’t have much money?

Many people underestimate the value of their property and possessions, many of which may have increased in value over time. Add up the value of your property, car, savings, insurance policies, pensions, etc and you may be surprised. Making a Will can ensure that your possessions go to the people you want to have them and that your exact wishes are carried out.

Can I get a form and just make a Will myself?

In theory yes, but in practice people often make mistakes, which could mean that your wishes aren’t carried out. Seeing a solicitor will ensure that your Will is legally accurate and that you wishes will be carried out precisely and quickly.

Who will look after my affairs after my death?

You can appoint your solicitor, a family member or friend who is willing to take responsibility.

How can I help people with Multiple Sclerosis?

By leaving a bequest to:

Multiple Sclerosis Research and Relief Fund
Benmar House
Choppington Road
Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 2HX
Registered charity no. 228634.

Ask your solicitor for advice, or contact us if you would like further information.

Gift Aid

Gift Aid is for gifts of money by individuals who pay tax in the United Kindgom. Gift donations are regarded as having basic rate tax deducted by the donor.

MS Research and Relief Fund can take your donation (which is money you’ve already paid tax on) and reclaim basic rate tax from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) on its ‘gross’ equivalent – the amount before basic rate tax was deducted. This is at no cost whatsoever to the donor.

Gift Aid allows charities to recoup 25 pence per pound donated from HMRC. This means that for every £1.00 you donate, MS Research and Relief Fund can receive a total donation of £1.25.

In order to qualify for Gift Aid on your donations, you must pay an amount in income tax and/or capital gains tax at least equal to the tax the charity claims back.

If you want your donation to go further by signing up for Gift Aid, just complete the following form:

Gift Aid Declaration Form

Once completed, please return it to us at:

MS Research and Relief Fund
Benmar House
Choppington Road
Morpeth
NE61 2HX

Or email it to: h.lynn@ms-researchandrelief.org

Please note:
  • You can cancel this Declaration at any time by notifying us at Benmar House.
  • If in the future your circumstances change and you no longer pay tax on your income and/or capital gains equal to the tax that the charity reclaims, you can cancel your declaration.
  • If you pay tax at the higher rate you can claim further tax relief in your Self Assessment tax return.
  • Please notify the charity if you change your name or address.