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£59k boost for MS Society

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From donning orange outfits to climbing mountains, colleagues and customers at Lincolnshire Co-op have been working hard all year to raise an impressive £59,201 for the Society’s charity partner MS Society.

The MS Society is the leading UK charity fighting to improve treatment and care of people affected by multiple sclerosis, which is a neurological condition. All the funds raised will go to people in Lincolnshire directly affected by MS for items or activities needed as a direct result of their MS. The donation would pay for 150 home adaptations, which are essential for comfort and stability, 75 adapted cars and 275 short breaks.

A celebratory presentation took place with colleagues and supporters of MS Society and representatives from Lincolnshire Co-op.

Area Fundraiser for MS Society Caroline Kew said: “We’re absolutely thrilled with the money that has been raised towards providing grants for people affected by multiple sclerosis in Lincolnshire. Thanks to Lincolnshire Co-op, this donation will make a real difference to people's lives as well as raising awareness of what it means to have MS.”

There have been plenty of fantastic events going on collect as much money as possible for this great cause including raffles, bake sales and pin badges sold in stores.

In May, outlets across the county and beyond were inspired by citrus for Orange Friday. Staff wore brightly coloured tutus, tangerine wigs and even painted their faces to raise a huge sum of £14,500 in just one day thanks to the generosity of customers.

Charlie Short from Gainsborough was diagnosed with MS 39 years ago.

“I’ve struggled with my eyesight, use of my left hand and legs for many years which makes life much harder. The support and grants that MS Society provides gives us hope so I’m overwhelmed by this fantastic donation,” Charlie said.

Lincolnshire Co-op’s Community Engagement Manager Sam Turner said: “From colleagues in our food stores teaming up to climb Snowdon to staff from Head Office completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge, the hard work and effort everyone has shown this past year is really wonderful and I’m so pleased we’ve raised this fantastic amount.”


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