It currently costs over £260,000 a year to run the MS Support Centre – more than £5,000 a week. For that £5,000 we’re able to deliver a broad and diverse range of therapies and support services to people with MS and their Carers, and that £5,000 means we can make a real difference to the lives of the people that we support ensuring that symptoms are managed in ways that reduce demand on the services of the NHS.
The MS Support Centre receives no automatic statutory funding, and around 80% of our funding comes from fundraising activities.
There are lots of ways that you can support us, and if you have your own fundraising ideas then give us a call if you’d like to get involved.
Telephone – 01244 678619 Fundraiser - Katie Roebuck Email
We speak to our Fundraiser, Katie Roebuck, about fundraising at The MS Support Centre and why it is so important.
Why is fundraising important for the MS Support Centre?
Fundraising is vital to the MS Support Centre – it helps to secure the financial sustainability and the future of the organisation.
Successfully funded projects and high profile fundraising events and activities can also help to raise the profile of the Centre both amongst the general public, but also amongst people with a neurological condition who might not otherwise have heard of us.
What sort of fundraising do you organise?
Our Fundraising covers a whole range of income generating activities.
Applications to charitable trusts and foundations, which are set up purely to support and make grants to organisations like us. Bids to the Big Lottery who can provide really valuable funding to develop and extend services that might not otherwise be possible – for example the Outreach Exercise Programme in Colwyn Bay and Llanwrst which have been established over the last couple of years.
Tendering for contracts from local councils and health boards which mean that we can support on the ground services for local people in areas where we have the expertise
Fundraising events are organised such as our annual Charity Golf Day, the recent Fashion Show and the MS Challenge.
Our Fundraising has developed steadily over the last few years and we welcome individuals getting involved to organise events, sell their homemade produce and take part in sponsored challenges to raise funds for the Centre. It is always a delight to hear from people to want to take part in activities to help the MS Support Centre and we love to hear people’s ideas.
What areas of the Centre’s work do bids fund?
It’s always easier to raise funds for something specific, like a piece of equipment or a one-off project, than it is for, say, salaries. But without its staff the MS Support Centre can’t deliver all the fantastic therapies that it does, so this has to be a fundraising priority and we continue to successfully raise funds to contribute towards these costs.
Examples of specific pieces of equipment funded include:
What are the Centre’s fundraising aims for 2013?
The first priority is to make sure the Centre is able to continue to meet the needs of existing users. But we also want to move with the times and the team are always looking at ways to develop and extend the services that they deliver, to keep up with new ideas and thinking, and so I work closely with them to make sure I know what new projects are in the pipeline.
The team also works to make our services more accessible to more people who might be able to benefit and so we also need to make sure we have the funds to meet demand and support new members.