Our impact - making a difference together
Our work last year saw us get even closer to our vision for a world free from the effects of MS.
We reached thousands of people with help and support through our MS Helpline and grants. We successfully campaigned on the issues that matter most to our community. And we continued to invest in groundbreaking research to stop MS in its tracks.
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Annual report and accounts 2018
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Funding new research to stop MS
Last year we invested £1.8m into 11 exciting new research projects.
They include an investigation into the causes of nerve damage in progressive MS, and a project to develop a computer algorithm that can predict which treatments will work best for different people.
These projects have the potential to have a huge impact on the field of MS research - and ultimately help us stop MS.
Our researchers are all working towards the same goal. We know together we have the real potential to stop MS. Kayla is our Research Programme Manager
Exploring treatments for secondary progressive MS
We're co-funding the groundbreaking MS-STAT2 trial which started recruitment in 2018.
The trial will test will test if simvastatin can slow progression in secondary progressive MS. If it's successful, simvastatin could be one of the first treatments licensed for this type of MS.
This new trial gives me hope that simvastatin could slow down MS progression – truly groundbreaking news. It could dramatically affect how our symptoms develop and how we live our lives. MS Society ambassador Stuart has secondary progressive MS
Fighting for access to ocrelizumab
In 2018 NICE rejected the drug ocrelizumab as a treatment for early progressive MS. Our community rallied and, within weeks, 21,000 supporters had signed our petition to say this is wrong.
Following our campaign NICE reversed their decision year. Ocrelizumab is the first treatment on the NHS for adults with early primary progressive MS.
Now that there’s a treatment available that could work for me, I finally have a glimmer of hope for the future. Anything that could help me keep my independence for longer would have a massive impact. Zoe has primary progressive MS
Here for everyone with MS
Our MS Helpline responded to over 16,800 enquiries last year, and was awarded Helpline of the Year at the Helpline Partnerships Awards.
We gave 715 national Health and Wellbeing grants to help people with MS live well. And 86 national Carers Grants to help carers improve their wellbeing, learn new skills and find ways to relax.
Our 250 volunteer-led groups also provided support, friendship and services to more than 13,000 people across the UK.
I'm forever grateful to that person on the MS Helpline. It's the first time I'd been spoken to since my diagnosis like I was a human being. It was absolutely life changing. Aleks has MS and now volunteers for our MS Hellpline
How we spend your money
We couldn't do any of this without our amazing community's fundraising, donations and legacies.
Thanks to the support of thousands of supporters like you across UK, we can provide information, support and services to people living with MS, and fund millions in research each year.
Make a donation
Every penny takes us a step closer to stopping MS.
£10could help us support someone calling our MS Helpline
£20could pay for one hour of research to help us understand and manage MS fatigue
£30could help run the MS Forum, giving over 27,000 people a place to come together as a community
Every penny you give us really does help us stop MS.
£10a month could help stock our research labs with essential supplies
£20a month for a year could help fund a short break for someone with MS
£30a month could help train an MS Helpline volunteer to support hundreds of people with MS
Your regular donation means we can keep funding world class MS research with confidence. Together we will stop MS.