The Big Give Christmas Challenge

Double your Christmas donation
...for FREE

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For support services to improve mental health and wellbeing

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The Big Give Christmas Challenge is back!

 

We are thrilled to be taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge once again this year with the potential to raise a huge £15,000 for the MPS Society. These funds will help launch a series of mental health support services across 2022.

Why we need your support

Our community regularly report feeling isolated and anxious. This has been exacerbated by COVID-19 and social distancing which presented new and frightening challenges for our community. The pandemic has had a profound impact on the mental health and wellbeing of our community and we have received a significant increase in anxious queries about the impact of the crisis. The pandemic has forced us to find ways to connect our community virtually and we would like to expand on this going forward.

We are planning to roll out a range of innovative new mental health and wellbeing services across 2022 which include mindfulness courses, workshops, counselling sessions and support groups.

 

Patients and families will benefit from a range of targeted support, activities, courses and guidance leading to improved mental health and wellbeing.
 

How you can help


From 12 midday on Tuesday 30 November to 12 midday Tuesday 7 December donations made to us via the Big Give website will be matched pound-for-pound; this means a donation to us could go twice as far!

 

We are aiming to raise an ambitious £7,500 that will be matched pound for pound to make £15,000 as long as matched funds last. To be in with the best chance of having your donation doubled, donate as soon as you can from 12 midday on 30 November. And please share with your friends and family to increase support.

More information will be added to this page but for now please add 30 November to 7 December to your diary and sign up to get our newsletters.

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How your money makes a difference

£5

will pay for a sapling tree to be planted in the MPS Society Remembrance Wood by a bereaved family.

£25

would pay for a support officer to visit a school so students and teachers learn how best to support a child with one of these rare diseases.

£85

would pay for a 50 minute counselling session for a member or family member.

£150

would pay for a 1 hour children’s party – a lovely way for our children to see each other, even if only on a screen, so they can meet and connect with others with similar conditions.

£275

would pay for an 8 week mindfulness course designed to help those living with a long term condition relieve pain, reduce stress and improve wellbeing.

£950

would pay for a 2 hour session with a qualified psychotherapist for up to 15 parents and carers on a topic such as the emotional and psychological impact of living with a diagnosis.

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Jorden, big sister to Maddi who has MPS III Sanfilippo shared the benefits of attending one of our workshops aimed at adult siblings.

I joined the workshop because it seemed like a good way to meet other adult siblings, like me, and share similar experiences. The workshop allowed us to explore our feelings and it was reassuring to hear that we had a common understanding of the challenges as well as the positive aspects of being a sibling. I support my parents with looking after Maddi and it can feel lonely sometimes, like being on the sidelines, being aware of my parents’ stress as well as what’s happening to my sister. It was a relief to share that experience with others.

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