Do your own thing
Every year, our supporters do weird and wonderful things to raise money for us. We think you’re all brilliant and we’ll support you all the way, whatever you choose to do.
Edward Peppitt is our fundraising ambassador, he cycled 3,500 miles around the coast of England visiting every single lighthouse on the way to raise an incredible £12,070.
Devrim Celal completed the Ultra Marathon in Jordan raising over £2,100 to say thank you for the support Shift.ms offered his cousin Ozi when he was diagnosed with MS.
Anne Brown bravely cut off her long hair to raise £250 for Shift.ms.
Since her diagnosis Kit Keyser knew first hand what an unpredictable, terrifying place MS can be, she found her MS Energy and raised £4500 completing the Blenheim Triathlon.
Are you interested in a doing a challenge event for us? Let us know. We would love to hear from you, even more so if your chosen event is outside of the UK.
Think about what target you would like to set yourself and let us know what help you need to smash it. And remember, the more funds you raise, the greater the support we can offer to people newly diagnosed with MS.
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Help with fundraising
Thank you for making the decision to fundraise for Shift.ms. Here are a few guides and resources you might need to help you smash your target and help you to have a lot of fun in the process.
Paying in money
If you are collecting cash, you will need to complete this form and send us a cheque in the post to this address.
Setting up JustGiving
Raising money online with Justgiving couldn’t be simpler, it is a brilliant way for your friends and family to sponsor you in a matter of minutes. Using a JustGiving page will automatically allow us to reclaim at least 25% in Gift Aid on your donation at no additional cost to you. Check out our Get Started on Justgiving guide for step by step help.
Remember to make your page as interesting as possible by adding photos and videos and letting everyone know why you’re raising money for Shift.ms. Send us an email [email protected] shift.ms with a link to your Justgiving page so we can share your on Facebook and Twitter.
You can collect money from friends and family using this downloadable sponsorship form. Once you have raised funds, you can send it to us either by post or email [email protected] and we will send you our bank details.
Fundraising top tips
Download this helpful fundraising top tips guide to help you smash your fundraising target.
If you need to chat about anything to do with planning or promoting your event please fill in this form.
Why fundraise for Shift.ms?
“When I was first diagnosed, I was scared and felt alone, as I didn’t know anyone else who had MS, and knew very little about it. Shift.ms gave me somewhere to connect with other people, and to helped to show me that I’m not the only one going through these things.” – Melissa, MSer
There are over 100,000 people in the UK with multiple sclerosis, and around 100 people are diagnosed every week. MS is a chronic, debilitating condition for which there is no cure. Most people are diagnosed in their 20s and 30s, a time of key life decisions about relationships, family and careers.
Being diagnosed with a long term condition is a frightening and isolating experience that can cause anxiety and depression. Shift.ms aims to reach people with MS (MSers) as soon as possible after diagnosis so they can receive support to adapt to a life with MS.
Shift.ms is a peer-to-peer network where MSers can:
– ask questions to a community of thousands
– find people like them
– hear from world-leading healthcare professionals
“You get honest information & support from people and that is so important in coming to terms with MS… I have helped others, others have helped me and I have discovered what medications are available and how they affect people.” – Jack, MSer
The people who benefit the most from Shift.ms are MSers who are referred to us at the point of diagnosis, but we need your help to reach them. It costs around £25 for us to reach someone newly diagnosed with MS, this means that every £300 raised will help us reach another 12 newly diagnosed MSers across the world.
“It’s cool to see a lot of different people with the same thing – you feel much less isolated, you realise other people are doing amazing things and it’s not like life ends now.” – Polly, MSer
The Shift.ms website is designed and built by MSers, for MSers.
Other ways to give
Don’t have the time right now? Why not donate instead.
Donations are vital to our organisation. They help us plan for a sustainable future supporting people newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
Discover the different ways you to can support us here.
Giving your time is just as important when it comes to supporting Shift.ms. Our volunteers work behind the scenes in a variety of roles including keeping our website safe and supportive, creating social media content, representing us at events, fundraising and spreading the word about what we do.
Check out Melissa’s video on why she volunteers with us and to find out how you can get involved here.