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Only Girls Allowed Fundraiser Successful Event

12th November 2019

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What an amazing result! The disco organised by Megan Hambly last month raised a fantastic £1379 for the Samson Centre!


An additional £700 was raised for the Brain Tumour Charity – another great cause.

Thanks so much to Megan and all those lovely ladies who supported this event. A great night was clearly had by all!



Tim and his team pick up the Trophy....

9th October 2019

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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.


Oct, 2019


October Half Term Week Closure

October 2019
Samson Centre
4th October 2019

October half term week is w/c 28 October and the Centre will be closed for all physio, gym and classes apart from on Tues 29 October when we have 3 members of staff available to work.
Physio, gym and classes information on 29 October have been emailed to members and they will be available on a first come, first served basis.
Oxygen therapy will continue w/c 28 October.

Summer holidays and Centre opening .



Our Chairman Retires.....

26th September 2019

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Well Done to Our High Flyers Crew

20th September 2019

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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 BoysJames GregoryHilary BirkinshawAllan McDonaldClaire Dean, Dean HemmingsShaun LeakeVicky 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.



Many Thanks to Nick and Brendan Moore

18th September 2019

Nick Moore and Brendan Moore

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.



The Bradbury Annexe

13th September 2019

The New Bradbury Annexe

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.




Big thanks to all 33 amazing runners who took part in the London 10k

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.



Samson Centre for MS Annual Golf Day Raises £10,500. A Big Thanks to Mike Collings

22nd July 2019

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Carol Kitching Visits the Mansion House

17th July 2019

Not one but two of our volunteers have now been awarded the prestigious ‘Order of Mercy’, by the League of Mercy’.


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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.



Assault Course Event. A Big Thanks to Sam Smith

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.




Huge congratulations to Steve Duckworth for completing the London Marathon

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!



Many thanks to the Surrey Association of Woodturners

26th April 2019

Many thanks to the Surrey Association of Woodturners for presenting a cheque for the Samson Centre

recently at one of their evening meetings in Mytchett. They raised a very nice £385 for the Centre.

Much appreciated by all of us.



Big Thanks to Steven, Natasha and all at RSM

25th April 2019

Steven and Natasha from RSM in Guildford came in to present us with just under £5000!

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.



James Bannister completes the Brighton Marathon

18th April 2019

James Bannister bravely completed the Brighton Marathon on Sunday in an amazing 4 hours 12 minutes in memory of his Dad, Robin Bannister

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

then click on Running the Brighton Marathon

Thank you so much James for running for us and in memory of your lovely Dad.





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