A GROWING charity is cashing in on a special relationship with a Morpeth bank.
The Multiple Sclerosis Research and Relief Fund provides a range of free services and support to people whose lives have been affected by MS.
Last year the Morpeth-based charity received help from Lloyds TSB to transform spare space into offices and therapy rooms.
And now 15 staff from the town’s Barclays Branch and Northumberland Barclays Business Team have stepped in to create a new gym and meeting room. The branch has also made the organisation its Charity of the Year.
Barclays Business Manager Sara Morrison said: “We’re delighted to be involved in the MS Research and Relief Fund’s amazing projects this year, which will increase the therapies and services it offers at the centre free to MS service users, their carers and families.”
Morpeth Branch Manager Paul Kelly added: “We really wanted to support the MS Research and Relief Fund as it is a local, self-funding, not-for-profit organisation, offering free services to help people whose lives have been affected by MS.”
The gym has been created to cope with increasing demand for exercise facilities, which help MS sufferers to control spasms and provide cardio work-outs to prevent further health problems developing.
Barclays’ support will also be invaluable in raising funds for a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool, which the centre hopes to have in place for its 50th anniversary in 2014.
MS Research and Relief Fund Network and Marketing Manager Susan Dowson said: “I am very grateful to the employees of Barclays for their ongoing support and for volunteering their time, skills and resources. Our service users have already expressed their gratitude and commented on how marvellous it is going to be now that more appointments are available due to the increased space.”