The Merlin MS Centre is joining Giving Tuesday 2019, the global day of generosity on 3rd December, by asking businesses to wear purple to work.
Giving Tuesday began in 2012 as a way to give back after the increasingly popular Christmas Shopping Days Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It was brought to the UK in 2014 by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) with the key aim of encouraging people to think of others in the run up to Christmas. There are numerous ways to get involved through donating to charity, volunteering or simply helping a friend, neighbour or family member.
The Merlin MS Centre is inviting businesses to help raise awareness of the charity by wearing purple, the charity’s brand colour, and to also fundraise on the day.
Tamsin Chapman, Digital and Commercial Marketing for the charity said: “Anyone can get involved in the day by either wearing purple or by holding an event. Have nothing to wear or would prefer to give in another way? why not volunteer at the Centre or donate an item to one of the Merlin MS Centre services or events such as raffles.”
If you would like to get involved in the day, please contact Tamsin Chapman on 01726 885530 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Merlin MS Centre, an independent charity located in mid-Cornwall, provides a range of expert care, support and therapies predominantly for people whose lives are affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS) but also for those with other neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s, Stroke, ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
MS is a chronic condition that affects the central nervous system. Symptoms include loss of mobility, visual impairment, decreased cognitive function, incontinence, and difficulties with speech or swallowing.
People who come to the Merlin MS Centre can access a range of therapies including individual and group physiotherapy, occupational and exercise therapy; podiatry; oxygen therapy (breathing 100% oxygen in a pressurised environment); health and well-being therapies, such as holistic massage, reflexology and Bowen. These can help people better manage their symptoms; improve mobility, strength, flexibility, and circulation; improve sleep patterns; help with pain management and reduce stress and anxiety.
The Centre also offers counselling, carer support, advice and information and is available to anyone in Cornwall whose lives are affected by a long-term neurological condition. All clients are registered and are given a health assessment before therapies are undertaken, but they do not need to be referred by a health professional to access the Centre. A free mini-bus service, suitable for wheelchair users, is available for clients if they have no other means to access the Centre.
A day respite service, which can enable individuals to gain new skills; improve social interaction and self-confidence; and reduce depression and isolation, is also provided. Clients have a structured day of activities which includes exercises, workshops, outings, choice of therapies, lunch and rest. Importantly, it enables carers to have a break from their caring role.