Castle challenge boost for MS organisation

Some of those who took part in the Castle Walk Challenge in aid of MS Research and Relief Fund.
Some of those who took part in the Castle Walk Challenge in aid of MS Research and Relief Fund.

Thirty participants from accountancy and business advisory firm UNW battled heavy winds and torrential rainfall to complete a 27.5-mile challenge from Warkworth to Bamburgh Castle in aid of a Morpeth-based charity.

MS Research and Relief Fund (MSRRF) supports those affected by multiple sclerosis and their families through free therapies and classes at its headquarters – Benmar House in Stobhillgate – as well as grants that provide access to specific equipment to limit the impact the condition has on their lives.

As part of Newcastle-based UNW’s work in North East communities, employees are asked to nominate an independent organisation as their charity of the year and MSRRF was chosen for 2018/19.

Michael Morris, audit partner at UNW, said; “To say it wasn’t the nicest of days is an understatement, so I cannot thank enough those who gave up their time to make the day such a success – raising £8,000 and counting for MSRRF.

“It was also great to see staff from the charity there to greet us at the finish with champagne and cake, this was very welcome.”

MSRRF is currently putting together plans to open a new aquatherapy centre in North Seaton, with the money raised by UNW going towards new equipment.

Fund-raising Manager Dan Nelson said; “UNW staff have done themselves and their partnership proud and the funds raised from the Castle Walk Challenge will be spent on specialist equipment designed to meet the needs of more local people affected by MS.”