News:- Multiple Sclerosis News Surrey
Our very own John Hambly, Vice-Chairman and founder of the Samson Centre for MS, has been awarded with an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for 2021 for his services to people with disabilities in Surrey and the home counties.
We would not have the Samson Centre if it wasn’t for John and his initial desire to develop a specialised centre in Guildford to help those living with Multiple Sclerosis. Due to his own diagnosis of MS in 1999, John recognised the need for a dedicated place that would provide support and therapies for people like him. With huge help from so many people, the joint collaboration with the Wey Kayak Club and some incredible fundraising, the Samson Centre was built in 2005.
John is an inspiration to so many of us and we are very proud of what he has achieved. John – you are a star.
2nd December 2020
o on Saturday evening we held our online quiz thanks to Megan and John Hambly who did a brilliant job organising and hosting this. We raised an incredible £1150 on the night and then had an amazing additional anonymous donation of £2000 on top of what was raised!
Thank you so much to everyone that took part in a really fun evening and of course to Megan and John for putting in the hard work. Here’s to the next one!!
28th September 2020
20 mile sponsored walk to cover the full length of the River Wey Navigation done and dusted yesterday!
Thank you so much to all those of you who have sponsored me.
You can still donate via www.virginmoneygiving.com and type in Jackie Payne into the ‘Support a friend or charity’ box, then you will see my fundraising page.
Over £2200 raised for the Centre so far which is just great. Your support and donations spurred me on yesterday.
A lovely route from Weybridge to Godalming and a big thank you to my husband for clocking up the miles with me, all in aid of the Samson Centre for MS.
3rd September 2020
15th July 2020
ITV programme next Tues 21 July – featuring John Hambly from the Samson Centre receiving a well deserved award.
Some of you will recall that John Hambly, our Vice-Chairman and member of the Samson Centre, received an award back in March from Sport Gives Back. It was a very special evening at the Royal Institution in London and several sports celebrities were there.
John received an award for the huge amount of work he has done in
having the vision to create a MS Centre in Guildford to help those who live with Multiple Sclerosis. He had the support and backing of a great team of volunteers to aid the massive fundraising effort to have the Centre built around 15 years ago. John’s rugby club – the Actonians, have been amazing in their ongoing support for the Samson Centre with huge amounts of fundraising and money raised over many years for the Samson Centre.
You now have the chance to see the Sport Gives Back award programme on ITV next Tuesday 21 July at 10.45pm. Do watch it if you possibly can.
4th July 2020
Cyril, one of our longstanding volunteer Lead Operators is with one of our oxygen users, demonstrating new use of masks and visors at the Centre, additional hygiene protocols and a socially distanced timetable.
Lovely to have most of our oxygen operators back with us again and happily helping those who come in for their oxygen therapy.
2nd July 2020
As you know, things will look and feel a bit different to normal. Our physios will be wearing scrubs which have kindly been donated. They are also required to wear masks, gloves and aprons when carrying out their work, so we thought it would be good for you to see these photos. Your temperature will also be taken by an infra red thermometer. and there will be a register and hand sanitising station all set up.
We really look forward to seeing some of our members in person very soon.
29th June 2020
The Hambly family did it again! What a great evening on Saturday for the online quiz that Megan and John Hambly organised for us.
Thanks so much to everyone who joined in with the quiz. A brilliant £815 was raised!
Here’s to the next online event! Thanks so much Megan for organising a really slick and fun quiz and to John for being a very entertaining quizmaster!
4th June 2020
Alice Collins has set up a lovely fundraiser – taking doorstep photographs of you and your loved ones.
Please contact her direct via
Thanks so much Alice for this lovely idea to help the Samson Centre for MS.
22nd May 2020
Exercises and stretches for people with MS. A focus on posture, stretches, breathing and gentle movement.
Led by Sara McGowan, Lead Physiotherapist for the Samson Centre for MS. Our new YouTube channel was created to enable members to do some gentle exercises at home during the covid-19 pandemic.
The exercises are just as applicable for anyone looking for stretches and posture xercises for people with limited mobility. Please subscribe to ensure you’re updated with all the latest videos from us.
19th May 2020
The Samson Centre for MS – how we will survive the Covid-19 pandemic to prosper beyond it
Statement by the trustees, May 2020
What we do – our role
15th May 2020
She raised a brilliant £576 for the Centre in the process!
The photo shows Catherine on the final lap of her garden. Thank you so much Catherine for what you have done. So helpful to us at this time.
4th May 2020
We’ve made a particular effort to clarify and simplify all the Fundraising and Donation options available for direct donations and would particularly like to highlight three:
Easyfundraising, Text Giving and Lottery Ticket Sales.
We are all doing more online shopping and could easily sign up and download the Easyfundraising App and encourage our family and friends to do the same. Supporting the Centre at no cost to ourselves.
Why don’t you put your National Lottery money to better use! We could all buy or post/share a link to the Samson Unity Lottery page and increase sales with a chance of winning £25,000!
We all know someone who owns a phone so memorise those numbers. Textgiving is the simplest and quickest way to donate. To donate £X just text “SAMSON” to See Options
Please help us to continue to provide practical and emotional support for people living with Multiple Sclerosis in Surrey and surrounding areas. To find out more about us please watch our video.
1st May 2020
The incredible John Hambly and his lovely family are fundraising again for us by running/pedalling 2.6 times the 26 mile marathon to make 70 miles to cover in a week. They are definitely going to exceed that total. Do please make a donation if you can to their JustGiving page as they finish their challenge on Sunday 3 May and all monies raised come to the Centre.
25th March 2020
Our Trustees have some very difficult decisions to take regarding finances and how we operate as a Centre when we are in a position to re-open. The government will be able to provide some support towards staff salaries, however the Centre has a considerable amount of ongoing monthly expenditure that we will need to meet from our own cash resources.
While we are shut, we are unable to run any fundraising events and this will create a big hole in our finances. The Centre has always been about self help. It was set up for people with MS by people with MS. If you know anyone who is able to provide a donation to the Centre during these very challenging times, please email
Many thanks for your continued support and understanding. We can get through this if we all stick together.