News:- Multiple Sclerosis News Surrey
Although Surrey Police Headquarters at Mount Browne regularly hold quiz evenings in aid of the Samson Centre for MS, their recent one was a very special event indeed.
Not only did it raise £600 for the Centre but the winning team, out of a strong field of 18 teams, included Tim Barrett a Samson Centre for MS member.
Tim guided his team to victory and the prestigious trophy too, fuelled on brains or ‘watching many tv quizzes’ as Tim puts it himself, and a curry supper that was enjoyed by all.
We are proud of Tim for being a winner, with the help of daytime tv quizzes or not and thank Surrey Police once again, for supporting us in this way.
Summer holidays and Centre opening .
26th September 2019
20th September 2019
You will remember that Chris Boys and his crew were flying high for the Samson Centre recently. All in a good cause, all to raise valuable funds.
Even though at the eleventh hour two of his crew were swapped out, the team went on to complete their challenge.
The Team:- Chris Boys, James Gregory, Hilary Birkinshaw, Allan McDonald, Claire Dean, Dean Hemmings, Shaun Leake, Vicky Corner
However, there is good news and not such good news to report.
The good news is that they have raised over £1,200 for us to date.
The not so good news is that Chris dislocated his shoulder during his I Fly – a painful and distressing experience which resulted in him being taken to hospital by ambulance. A big “Thank You” to the crew for undertaking this Skydive and all of us at the Samson Centre wish Chris well.
If you would like to donate to their fundraising efforts, it is not too late. It would no doubt lift Chris’s spirits while he is nursing his injury and it will also help even more people who are living with MS.
18th September 2019
Nick and Brendan Moore
Completed the London to Brighton bike race on Sunday on a very hot day and raised a lovely £662 for the Centre.
Thanks so much to Nick and Brendan for supporting the Samson Centre for MS in this way and taking on this great challenge.
13th September 2019
The Bradbury Annexe
The 4th September was a day of great celebration when the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, Mr Michael More-Molyneux officially opened the ‘Bradbury Annexe’, a new wing of the Guildford Waterside Centre building.
Members, users, staff, Trustees and volunteers of the Samson Centre together with Trustees from the Guildford Waterside Centre gathered to welcome supporters of this £800,000 plus project, including Hugh Inman UK representative of the Bradbury Foundation which provided the largest single donation of £150,000 towards the costs.
Access to this additional space will help the Samson Centre to deliver more oxygen therapy treatments with the operation of our multi-person chamber as well as introducing non-physical therapies in the newly created Lecture/Meeting room.
23rd July 2019
We had 33 amazing runners take part in the London 10k on Sunday and so far they have raised a fantastic £9000 for the Samson Centre for MS! Thank you so much to all our lovely runners for taking part in this great event.
22nd July 2019
17th July 2019
Not one but two of our volunteers have now been awarded the prestigious ‘Order of Mercy’, by the ‘League of Mercy’.
In 2017, John Hambly had the award bestowed upon him. Now it is the turn of another long-standing volunteer Carol Kitching who recently visited the Mansion House to receive her own ‘Order of Mercy’ presented to her at an annual award ceremony where 50 or sometimes fewer deserving volunteers are recognised for their outstanding achievements.
Founded some 120 years ago by the Prince of Wales and established by Royal Charter of Queen Victoria, the ‘League of Mercy’ first had its roots in recruiting volunteers to assist the sick and vulnerable. It was later disbanded in 1947 with the advent of the NHS, only to be re-established in 1999 some 100 years after it was first formed. Today, it exists to recognise and reward long-standing volunteers who give their time to communities within the UK for charitable purpose.
The League of Mercy believes that it is vital to recognise and honour the work of volunteers. By doing so they feel will develop public awareness of the work of volunteers and encourage others to join them in giving up their time to the voluntary care of those in need.
Carol, as our members are aware has been a Samson Centre volunteer for 12 years and in that time, she has volunteered her valuable time in the office and also made copious cups of tea and coffee for members and visitors alike. Carol has been involved with many fundraising activities for the Centre, but one notable activity has raised over £100,000 alone and that is her organisation of Street Collections. Carol has a listening ear, a warm and generous personality and a smile that has and continues to inspire and encourage all around her.
On that note we would like to congratulate Carol Kitching and thank her on behalf of everyone at the Samson Centre for her time, past, present and continued support.
19th June 2019
A huge shout out to Sam Smith for organising an Assault Course event for us that took place on Saturday at Henfold Lakes near Dorking.
21 brave souls got very muddy, tackled various obstacles and had a great afternoon in the process!
An amazing £2800 has been raised for the Samson Centre. Thank you so much to Sam (who also took part herself) and everyone else who took part and helped raise such a great sum.
2nd May 2019
Huge congratulations to Steve Duckworth for completing the London Marathon on Sunday in a great time of 4 hours and 5 minutes. Steve has raised close to £3000 so far for the Centre which is hugely appreciated by all at the Samson Centre for MS.
We now hope that Steve is recovering well from his mammoth feat!
26th April 2019
recently at one of their evening meetings in Mytchett. They raised a very nice £385 for the Centre.
Much appreciated by all of us.
25th April 2019
They had many runners taking part in the Surrey Half Marathon on behalf of the Samson Centre for MS and also took on additional fundraising in their offices such as cake sales, sponsoring the runners etc.
Thank you so much RSM for supporting us – we are really grateful for what you have done.
18th April 2019
James’s dad was a much loved member of the Samson Centre for MS.
If you are able to donate to James’ online page, please go to virginmoneygiving.com/JamesBannister2
then click on Running the Brighton Marathon
Thank you so much James for running for us and in memory of your lovely Dad.
12th March 2019
Despite very windy conditions, they all completed the race and raised an amazing £3500 for the Centre in the process!