Mutual Support is run by a team of around 25 volunteers; we have no offices and no paid staff. We are not funded by the MS Society or the Government, but rely on the support of other bigger Service Charities and Benevolent Funds and the generosity of our own members and members of the public.
Mutual Support’s running cost are currently just £34,000 per year, supporting a membership of over 1000 – that’s just £34 per head a year.
Mutual Support does struggle for funding – if you would like to make a donation, however large or small, you can do so by using the ‘Donate Here Now’ button on this page or by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also encourage people to fund raise for us in whatever way they can and offer some suggestions on the Raise Funds page.
2016 saw us celebrate Mutual Support’s 25th Anniversary and as such the Committee challenged every member to raise just £25 for us. If every single member did this we would have raised £25,000! If just one person in each family had done so we would have raised £12,500!
D Sqn – IOT 48 Fundraising
As Chairman of the Group, I was extremely proud and honoured to attend College Hall Officers Mess (CHOM) at RAFC Cranwell in May to receive a cheque for £2607. Members of D Sqn – IOT 48 had been undertaking some amazing events such as charity auctions and quiz nights to raise funds for both Mutual Support and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund (RAFBF). Through hard work and dedication, the Officer Cadets raised over £5200 which was split 50/50 between the two groups.
Our thanks go to all those involved especially Officer Cadet Hannah Williams who oversaw the charities committee team. The team graduated three days later and we wish all those involved a long and successful career in the Royal Air Force.
25 Event Challenge
Under the lead of Chris Grubb, the 25 Event Team Challenge was created, with Jamie Riley, Jon Day, Mark Sibley and Andy Moore all contributing to raise funds for Mutual Support and also raise awareness and the profile of the group.
In our 25th Year of operations they felt they would mark each year with a fundraising event. The events ranged from Park Runs, 21 Mile Coastal Walks, Duathlons, Yorkshire 3 Peaks, Raffles, Swimming Events, Night time Torch Runs in Dalby Forest through to Tough Mudders. Despite the good old British weather throwing everything at them – apart from snow, the team remained focussed, motivated and determined to do all they could for Mutual Support. To coin a phrase used by the team “All of us and our families/friends are going to bust a gut in support of our Mutual Support family.”
Well they did, over an 8 month period they completed their 25 Events, raising the profile of Mutual Support by travelling all over the country, wearing with pride their Mutual Support T Shirts and running vests and chatting with people they met, explaining what Mutual Support does and why.
All in all, over 8 months, these amazing lot have raised £2539.25 and for that the Committee and Members of Mutual Support just want to say:
For any of you who wish to see some of the pictures of the team doing the challenges, please click on the links below: