The Chilterns MS Centre is kicking off MS Awareness Week on Saturday by collecting money at Adams Park and raising awareness of the Centre and how it treats and supports those in Buckinghamshire living with multiple sclerosis (MS).
Team captain Adam El-Abd has already shown his support by making a donation and you can follow suit by giving any spare change to one of the various collectors around the stadium, or via the ‘text to donate’ service by texting WWFC18 £5 to 70070 to donate £5.
The Chairboys will also be wearing t-shirts in support of the charity, bearing the text-to-donate number on the reverse.
Wycombe Wanderers’ partnership with the Chilterns MS Centre enables its players to the oxygen chamber at the Centre, which has helped to accelerate the recovery from injury of a number of Chairboys stars. Oxygen treatment also helps to combat fatigue, which is one of the major symptoms of MS. A donation of just 50p from everyone at Adams Park today would be enough to keep oxygen pumping in the chamber for an entire football season – 46 matches of 90 minutes!
MS Awareness Week gives the charity the chance to raise the profile of MS and showcase what amazing work the Centre does. It helps its members, like Simon, to gain greater control over their MS, empowering them to lead happy and healthy lives and providing support their carers. Although it costs the charity £1m to meet the needs of people with multiple sclerosis in the local community, it receives less than 10% of its funding from the NHS so fundraising events, like today’s collection, are vital. Such events also raise awareness of the Centre and its services, helping them to reach out to more people with MS.
You can help support the centre during MS Awareness Week between 23rd -29th April by arranging a “Caring Cuppa” event with your friends or colleagues. Simply get a group of people together to drink tea and eat cake, whilst donating to the centre at the same time. If you want to visit the Centre we will be offering a delicious cream tea in our café throughout the week. Order a scone with clotted cream and jam, and of course a cup of tea, all for a donation of just £2. All the money raised will go towards the vital treatments that the Chilterns MS Centre provides.
MS is an unpredictable, often disabling disease that causes a wide range of symptoms including difficulties with mobility, balance, impaired vision, fatigue and bowel and bladder problems. Living with MS can be tough but many symptoms can be treated with physio, hydro, oxygen, complementary and occupational therapies. As well as therapies, the Centre also runs social, art and gardening groups as it understands the need to support the social and emotional wellbeing of its members too. This type of regular and long term treatment and care is not available on the NHS.
If you would like to find out more the Centre’s “Caring Cuppa” campaign, or about their work and how you could help, visit www.chilternsmscentre.org.