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A GOLD Award in the Northumbria in Bloom 2014 Awards for our MSRRF Garden at Benmar House, Morpeth. Thanks to everyone who’s helped along the way this year with hands in the soil to make the Paul Playford Memorial garden grow into a GOLD Medal standard

Anne Wafula Strike MBE

Athlete, Author and inspirational speaker Anne Wafula Strike MBE is a Harlow-based British Paralympic wheelchair racer. Born in Mihuu, Kenya, she contracted polio at the age of two, resulting in a later Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital diagnosis of below T7 paralysis. Anne is a good friend of MSRRF’s Dave Farham and was delighted to accept an offer from the charity’s board of trustees to become a patron of MSRRF.

Fundraising Drive is a Family Affair

A Whitley Bay family have been on a fundraising drive to raise funds for MS Research and Relief Fund’s Hydrotherapy Pool Appeal.

Team Effort raises £400

Nigel Davison was recently diagnosed with MS and is a service user at Benmar House. Nigel is a serving fire officer and his colleagues wanted to support him by raising funds for MS Research and Relief Fund.


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As, I am sure, most of you are aware, MS Research and Relief Fund (MSRRF) is a UK Registered Charity providing a range of totally free services for people affected by Multiple Sclerosis which include:-

The Rough guide to Accessible Britain

MSRRF service users Alan and Sybil Rayson picked up a copy of the fourth edition of The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain at an exhibition recently and were so impressed with it they brought it in to Benmar House to let other people affected by MS know about it.

On your bike!

Join our sponsored bike ride, you can ride
for as much or little as you want inside or out, doesn’t
have to be the same person.
9.00 am Saturday 12th to 9.00 am 13th October 2013
Benmar House, Morpeth, NE61 2HX


Bottled water for the bike ride is being provided free of charge by Eden

Eden Springs water and coffee machines  

MS Research and relief Fund are pleased to announce new services for people affected by MS in Leadgate.

We are holding an Open Day at Leadgate Community Centre in Consett, on Tuesday April 2nd 2013. at 1.00pm

Professor George C. Ebers

MD, of University of Oxford in London, has been chosen by a committee of his peers to receive the National MS Society/American Academy of Neurology’s 2013 John Dystel Prize for Multiple Sclerosis Research.

Britain in Bloom 2012

At MS Research and Relief Fund’s main office at Benmar House in Morpeth we have a memorial garden in memory of the late Paul Playford a former service user at Benmar House.
Britain in Bloom

St Oswald’s Way Challenge -
Three Generations Support MS Research and Relief Fund.
St Oswald Walk

Robert Walker’s Family Visit Benmar House

Robert Walker founded MS Research Fund in 1964. In the early days the charity concentrated its resources on research into MS. After commissioning its own research the charity decided to put most of its resources into providing services to people affected by MS. To reflect this change, the charity changed its name to MS Research and Relief Fund.

Zoe Koplowitz completed the New York City Marathon

In a time of 31 hours 20 minutes, Zoe Koplowitz completed the New York City Marathon
To appeal or not to appeal: that is the question.
Many disabled drivers are given Penalty Charge Notices (PCN’s) for breaches of parking conditions. They often ask themselves the question should they take the hit or appeal.

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Approval for Fampyra

The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has granted approval for Fampyra™, (fampridine) 10 mg Modified Release (MR) tablet, for the symptomatic improvement of walking ability in adult patients with MS who have shown improvement after eight weeks of treatment.

Bamburgh to Alnmouth Coastal Challenge
Bamburgh to Alnmouth Coastal Challenge, 26 Mile Walk. MSRRF therapists Angela Angus, Deborah Richardson, Joanna Ross-Knight, Amy Dunn and Susan Dowson along with Susan’s sister Hilary Quinn all took part in this Challenge on the 2nd May 2011 and raised funds for the charity.

MSRRF Service Provision


MS Research and Relief Fund is growing very quickly with regard to both service provision and Service Users. For the benefit of new Service Users it seems a good time to give an overview of the charity’s work.


Balance Dogs for Multiple Sclerosis

Balance dogs for MS sufferers

Shirley’s Story

Many people with MS have “bladder problems”, of varying degrees.  MSRRF Service User Shirley
Price writes her own story of how she solved her own particular “bladder problem.”

Shirley's Story

Princess Royal Opens New Centre
for Conductive Education

Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal was at the Percy Hedley Foundation in Newcastle upon Tyne on October 6th to officially open a new Adult Centre for Conductive Education.

Royal Visit

Accelerated Cure Project for
Multiple Sclerosis

Accelerated cure for MS

The Princess Royal Opens Adult Conductive Education Unit

October 6th 2010 sees the official opening of the Adult Conductive Education Unit at the Percy Hedley Foundation in Newcastle upon Tyne.The Unit will be opened by the Princess Royal, Princess Anne.

MS Research and Relief Fund has given financial support to Percy Hedley for the Adult Conductive Education Unit and the charity’s chairman Paul Atkinson has been formally invited and will be attending along with Sue Dowson and Dave Farham.

New Exercise Equipment at Benmar House

New toning chairs

Book Review:“Multiple Sclerosis for DUMMIES”

Book Review

The ‘Diamond Challenge’

four rounds of golf in four different counties on the same day. In doing so they raised funds for MS Research and Relief Fund (MSRRF).

Golf finale and fund rasing night.

Fundraising Night

MSRRF Trustee has book published.

MS Research and Relief Fund Trustee Paul Hull has fulfilled a lifetime’s ambition and had a book of his poetry published.

As well as featuring a lot of his poems the book also includes a short biography of Paul’s life where he talks about how MS changed his life and his pride about his children.


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