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CALLING ALL BAKERS. (no soggy bottoms!)


On ya bike again!!

  • Participants don't need to be a keen cyclists, this challenge is achievable by anyone who prepares well.
  • Fully supported trip - accommodation, meals (bar dinner on day 2 - this will be at a pub), professional guides, medics, mechanics, support vehicles, riding snacks, luggage transfer between accommodations, coach transfer to start.
  • Participants will have full support before the trip in terms of training/ nutrition advice, fundraising support, and anything they need.
  • We'll cultivate a great group spirit even before the trip and certainly on the trip too, so that people come away from this having had the trip of a lifetime - and the satisfaction of having raised vital funds for people affected by MS here in the North East.
  • £100 registration fee to secure place, costs of £400 due 10 weeks before departure.  Suggested minimum sponsorship £500.
  • All funds will directly improve the lives of those affected by MS in the North East.


Coast to coast

If you are Interested please contact Dan Nelson on 01670 505 829 or, who would be delighted to hear from you. 


Online Fundraising

Setting up a JustGiving page is the easiest and quickest way to spread the word to people that you’re raising money. Visit and follow the instructions to set up your own fundraising page.

Why fundraise on JustGiving?

  1. Friends can support you whenever and wherever, by donating securely on JustGiving or Facebook, and if you’re in the UK, by text message.
  2. Your fundraising story is unique.  With photos, videos and text, you can tell it in your own way.
  3. What you’re doing is amazing. Whether it’s a triathlon or cake sale, the money you raise will make a difference.

Top tips
Set a fundraising target - JustGiving pages with a fundraising target raise 46% more money.
Add a photo – Whether it’s a picture of your smiling face or an image of you caked in mud while out training for an event, research shows that pages with a picture tend to raise 33% more.
Ask friends to share your pages – friends who share your page are four more times likely to donate than those who don’t.
Include offline donations – often people will choose to donate offline, via more traditional sponsorship forms.  You can include these donations on your JustGiving page to show your true total!
The JustGiving fundraiser tool kit
Get your fundraiser tool kit – containing everything from downloadable posters and bunting to social media cover images and ‘how to’ guides:
Download your fundraiser tool kit
Making use of social media
Social media is another way in which you can effectively promote your fundraising. Recent examples such as the ice bucket challenge, Stephen Sutton’s story and the grassroots #nomakeupselfie campaign powerfully demonstrated the potential to harness social networks to spread giving to a good cause.

Need help?
Fundraising on JustGiving is very easy to do once you get started and the Justgiving provides excellent support in helping you to maximise the opportunity.  For more ideas or help or advice, please don’t hesitate to contact Dan Nelson on 01670 505 829 or, who would be delighted to hear from you. 


The MSRRF Recipe Book

Staff and Service Users at Benmar thought that it was a good idea to put together some tried and tested recipes that they use regularly and their families enjoyed. These were from family members, friends or recipes passed down from mother to daughter. We thought it would be good to get these down on paper before they were forgotten.

We received a lot of recipes from MSRRF supporters and the Recipe book is now available. We are not selling the book but we are asking people who want one to make a donation. We suggest a minimum donation of perhaps £2 is reasonable

All the proceeds from the sale of our Recipe Book will go towards our Hydrotherapy Pool Appeal, which I’m sure most of our service users, staff and friends know about by now. If you would like a recipe book just ask a member of staff or give, a ring on 01670 505829


Sponsored Events

If you would like to raise money for MS Research and Relief Fund please call: 01670 505 829   Email:

As well as applying for grants from charitable trusts and foundations, MS Research and Relief Fund relies greatly upon the generosity of individuals to continue to provide its services to people with multiple sclerosis. There are many different ways in which people can help our charity, including:


MSRRF T-Shirts

We now have our own MSRRF T-Shirts printed and available for anyone wishing to raise funds for the charity. These T-Shirts carry the charity’s logo and people can clearly see who you are raising funds for:

 We also have a sponsorship pack to help advise and guide you.

What now?

Do you know of anyone who may wish to raise valuable funds for this charity, if so then please let me know and we can support them on possible:

  • Walks
  • Runs
  • Coffee mornings
  • Parties, whatever really – We want to hear from them.

Fundraising is a vital part of this charity – this ensures that we can continued to provide support services to all people affected by Multiple Sclerosis.

If you would like to help or if you require more information contact MSRRF:

Telephone     01670 505829
Fax               01670 516347



MS Research and Relief Fund are always ready to accept donations from groups or individuals. As well as direct donations, MS Research and Relief Fund have now joined with eBay For Charity . You can sell items through eBay and donate to our charity, when you are posting an item for sale.

Regular donations can also be made at source through deductions from salary, or via Direct Debit through a bank account. More details on both of these options are available by contacting us.

Gift Aid

If you are a UK taxpayer, we can also recover the tax paid on a donation through GiftAid. By making a GiftAid declaration, we can recover 28p more on every £1 donated, so that a £10 donation becomes £12.80.

Gift Aid Declarations are governed by certain principles. Before you make your declaration, please make sure that you have read and understood the notes below.

Please download the form on the left, print it, and return it to us. If you cannot print the form, you can still make a Gift Aid Declaration over the telephone by calling MS Research and Relief Fund on 01670 505829.

Notes on making a Gift Aid Declaration

  • If your Declaration covers donations you make in the future, please notify MS Research and Relief Fund if you change your name or address while the Declaration is still in force.
  • You can cancel the Declaration at any time by notifying MS Research and Relief Fund - we will then not apply tax relief to donations you make on or after the date of cancellation or such later date as you specify.
  • You must pay an amount of income tax and/or capital gains tax at least equal to the tax that MS Research and Relief Fund (and any other charities you support) reclaims on your donations in the tax year (currently 28p for each UK£1 you give).
  • A Declaration can only be signed by one individual who is regarded as the donor, and who must be a tax payer. However, payments can be made from joint bank accounts of which the donor is a joint holder.
  • If in the future your circumstances change and you no longer pay tax on your income and/or capital gains tax that MS Research and Relief Fund (and any other charities you support) 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.
  • Information about your Gift Aid Declaration will be held on our computerised database which is registered under the Data Protection Act and will remain confidential.

If you are unsure whether your donations qualify for Gift Aid tax relief, or have any other questions about Gift Aid contact us by e-mail or on 01670 505829. Alternatively, you can find out more from the Inland Revenue website, or you can ask your local tax office for leaflet IR113 Gift Aid.

Bequests: A Gift For Life

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. He/she will only need to know what your assets are relating to cash, savings, property, personal possessions etc. Then, of course, he 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
NE61 2HX

Registered charity no. 228634.

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


If you are taking part in a sponsored event and you would like to help us raise funds contact Colin Clark on 01670 505829 for official MSRRF sponsor forms.

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