Here at the MS Trust, we are trying something new.
For the last few weeks, we have been scheduling in 5 minutes each week to just breathe.
We stop whatever we are doing, join a video call, and follow a simple breathing exercise, lead by one of the team.
It is a recognition that times are tough, so it is important to protect our mental health. To play the long game, so we don't burn out.
Give it a try.
Exciting new plans: Wave 2 of Advanced MS Champions
Around 40,000 in the UK have advanced MS – and they are being failed by the health service. People with advanced MS have ongoing, complex symptoms like nerve pain, muscle spasms, bladder and bower problems, and significant levels of disability that often confine them to a wheelchair or their bed.
The MS Trust recently piloted an ‘Advanced MS Champion’ role to provide specialist, timely intervention for people with advanced MS - improving quality of life and reducing costly emergency admissions to hospital. We placed Champions in six areas of the UK where they would have the most impact. The pilot proved that Advanced MS Champions improve quality of life for people with Advanced MS, avoid emergency hospital admissions, and save local health services money.
We need help to build on the success of the pilot and establish three new Advanced MS Champions in 2021 in areas where current provision is lacking, to stop people with advanced MS from suffering needlessly.
We would love to have the support of companies to make this launch a reality. More details to follow - but get in touch if it is something you would like to support.
Thanks to our sponsors for a successful festival
The 22nd August saw people across the UK taking part in the MS Trust's 'Home Festival'.
We had yoga workshops, comedy, music, makeup tutorials and more. Mr Motivator got everyone moving, and a great time was had by all.
Thanks to our sponsors Briggs Equipment (www.briggsequipment.co.uk) for helping to make this possible. As the festival day neared, the company doubled their initial support package, which will go to help people with MS across the UK. Thanks Briggs!
Our wonderful supporters also donated on the day, choosing amounts like 'a round of drinks' and 'a burger' to help make a difference to those who need our help.
See you next year!