Funds to establish new support groups

Brought to you by the Morpeth Herald.
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A Morpeth-based charity is setting up new regular support groups for people caring for relatives or friends with multiple sclerosis (MS) thanks to a grant from Newcastle Building Society.

MS Research and Relief Fund (MSRRF) provides a range of services free of charge for about 1,000 people with the disease across the region.

Deborah Davidson, left, lead fitness advisor with MSRRF, with Catherine Gilroy.

Deborah Davidson, left, lead fitness advisor with MSRRF, with Catherine Gilroy.

It has been looking to establish a service to specifically address the many needs of people who look after loved ones with MS.

And after being put forward for a grant by Morpeth branch customer Catherine Gilroy, a £1,500 donation has been made by the Newcastle Building Society Community Fund.

This grant, alongside funds from other organisations including The Ridley Family Charity, will enable MSRRF to set-up and run the new groups from its headquarters – Benmar House in Stobhillgate.

Mabel Duncombe, corporate fund-raiser at MSRRF, said: “Finding ways to provide more support for these carers is an area that we’ve been keen to address for some time, and the funding we’ve been given by Newcastle Building Society means we can get on with delivering this support.”

The groups will allow carers to meet people in similar situations to themselves, share their experiences, get access to useful new information and find support where they need it – all free of charge.

Katie Wallace, manager at the society’s Morpeth branch, said: “Backing MSRRF’s excellent carers’ initiative will make a direct positive impact on the lives of people locally and across the region.”

For more details about the groups and the charity, call 01670 505829.