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Alice Collins has set up a lovely fundraiser

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
or on 07341 440993 in order to book in for your own photo. She will travel to Godalming, Guildford and Woking.

Minimum suggested donation of £10 for each photo taken and further information via Alice’s JustGiving page

Thanks so much Alice for this lovely idea to help the Samson Centre for MS.



Samson Rising-A New Book launching in August

2nd June 2020

Many of you will not be aware that over the last 5 years John Hambly, our Vice Chairman and founding trustee, has been writing his memoirs

A large part of which is based around the development of the Centre, life’s lessons learnt through his Cornish upbringing, and experiences through his beloved game of rugby.

I am delighted to announce that Samson Rising will be published on the 21st August and is available for pre-order now through his publisher, United Writers or Waterstones. A nominal donation from each book sale will go to the Samson Centre.

I read the manuscript and can thoroughly recommend it! Order your copy now from either the Unitedwriters or Waterstones



Subscribe to Our New YouTube Channel

22nd May 2020

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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.




Survive and Prosper after Covid-19

19th May 2020

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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

Thank you.



A Big Thanks and Well Done to Catherine!

15th May 2020

One of our members, Catherine has done her own ’round and round the garden’ challenge and walked round her garden 26 times

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.



The Samson Centre has launched an alternative fundraising initiative!

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.
Many thanks.



The incredible John Hambly and his lovely family are fundraising again

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.

Go Hamblys!!



Our Trustees have some very difficult decisions to take

25th March 2020

Several of you will have seen the email that came out on 24 March from Robin, our Chairman.

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.



Sport Gives Back award at the Royal Institution

10th March 2020

A very proud moment for John Hambly, our Vice-Chairman when he received a Sport Gives Back award at the Royal Institution in London on 5 March. A very special evening with some well known faces from the sporting world in evidence.


The 2nd photo shows John with his Actonian Rugby Club friends who nominated John for this award. The Actonians have raised a huge amount of money for the Samson Centre for MS over the years and remain huge supporters of John and all that he has done for the Samson Centre for MS.


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John Hambly to Receive Award from “Sports Gives Back!”

25th February 2020

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So our very own John Hambly is going to receive an award next week at the Sports Gives Back award ceremony in London.

John was a committed rugby player and Captain of the Actonians team before his diagnosis of MS. The Actonians have raised hundreds of thousands for the Samson Centre over the past 17 years and still remain supportive of John and his tireless fundraising.

An amazing example of sport giving something back to John and the Samson Centre and an award so well deserved for our own Cornishman, John Hambly.

Click Image to View a short Video about John and the Actonians 




A big thank you to Guildford Lions!

12th February 2020

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A big thank you to Guildford Lions for raising a really helpful £1500 for the Centre from the Hatchlands Run that they organise every year.

We were lucky enough to be their chosen charity for the Hatchlands Run in 2019 and this resulted in a lovely donation today. Many thanks to everyone at the Guildford Lions for your support.



That’s TV South East filming us at the Samson Centre.

6th February 2020

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We recently had That’s TV South East here to do a little bit of filming.

The below link takes you to the film that some of you may be interested in.

To Watch the Video, Click on link or the image.



Thanks to Guy Williams, The Centriplant Team and The Ratcliffe Trust.

1st February 2020

So today we had a lovely informal gathering for Guy Williams so that he could unveil a plaque to thank him and his colleagues for the refurbishment work they have done on our oxygen chamber.

We would not be where we are today with an operational multi-chamber without the help of folk at Centriplant and a very kind donation from the Ratcliffe Trust.

John Hambly, our Vice-Chairman said a few kind words of thanks to Guy on behalf of everyone at the Samson Centre for MS.



A Very Kind Donation from the Trustees of Care for Guildford.

29th January 2020

Peter, David and Linda from Care for Guildford very kindly presented a cheque for £5,500 today to cover the bulk of the cost of an air cooling system for our large oxygen chamber.

We will need to keep the oxygen chamber cool when the weather gets a bit warmer, so an air cooling system will be hugely appreciated.

A very kind donation from the lovely Trustees of Care for Guildford. Thank you so much.



The Samson Kayakers In Training

27th January 2020

A great session held this morning for the Thursday Samson Kayakers. Huge thanks to Dave again for creating such a fun activity for a few of our members. Brilliant example of collaboration between the Wey Kayak Club and the Samson Centre for MS.




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