Trust’s vital support work wins backing of Mark Freemasons

Northumberland Mark Benevolent Fund

The Mark Freemasons of Northumberland (NMBF) raised a magnificent £1,250 for the Multiple System Atrophy Trust (MSA Trust) at their annual summer barbecue, held at the Blue Flames Club in Newcastle.

NMBF holds around four fund-raising events every year, raising thousands of pounds for charities either based in or with a presence in Northumberland.

MSA is a neurodegenerative disease leading to premature death. It causes brain cells to shrink, resulting in problems with balance, movement and functions like blood pressure control, swallowing and speech. There is no known cause or cure for MSA, which strikes at random, usually when people are in their late 50s. The later stages can be extremely challenging and people often need round-the-clock care.

Colin Narey the NMBF Treasurer and Charity Steward for the Northumberland Province said: “While the MSA Trust is not Northumberland-based, the fact that one of our committee members knows someone living with MSA and that the new Northumberland MSA Support Group is based at Haltwhistle were sufficient justification for our decision to support the trust.

“We are delighted to be able to help the trust, which relies entirely on voluntary donations to continue its work supporting people living with MSA.”

The MSA Trust is the UK’s main source of support for people with MSA, their families and carers. It provides specialist nurses, a support group network, email and telephone advice, and it funds vital research.