Two Kent sisters managed to raise just under £200 for their local MS Therapy Centre.
Rosie and Amy Collingwood, held an event at the St George’s lounge and bar in Canterbury.The night was filled with talented young acts, singing with just the aid of instruments making the night a fully acoustic event.
Rosie, 19, explained why fundraising for the centre is so important to her.
“Our mum has primary progressive Multiple Sclerosis and is fully confined to her wheelchair. She was diagnosed five years ago and uses the Kent MS therapy centre, as it provides her with the oxygen therapy she needs. This is why we chose to raise money for them, to help them fund this type of therapy and all their others.”
It was the sisters’ third event raising money for a MS charity. The two were sponsored last year to shave their heads in front of an audience, this raised an impressive £1,265.
The first act of the night was Harrison J Bodnar. The winner of Sydenham Unsigned 2013 said:
“I think it was a brilliant evening, fantastic artists raising money and awareness for a charity that really needs it. I would love to do it again.”
Various other acts performed throughout the night such as Luke Jackson, Broken Banjo, Ol’Strap, Yungest son.
Helen Wathen fundraising manager for the centre attended the event and spread awareness about the illness.
She said: “Multiple Sclerosis commonly known as MS, is a disease which affects the nerves in the brain and spinal cord. This causes problems with muscle movement, balance and vision. There is currently no cure. Our youngest member is 21, she was diagnosed at the age of just 15.”
Fundraising events are so important to the centre Helen Wathen explains further:
“The Kent MS Therapy Centre doesn’t receive any government or other core funding, we rely entirely on donations and fundraising events to operate the Centre. The Centre costs £200k a year to run.”
Between 10-20 people in the East of Kent are newly diagnosed with MS each month, so the demand for the Centre is increasing all the time. The next fundraising event is being held at the centre at 9am on the 17th of October.
For more details or ways to help check out http://kentmstc.org.uk/