These are our chosen charities for 2019.
The Merlin MS Centre is an independent charity located in mid-Cornwall. Its charitable aim is to provide subsidised therapy for people who are affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The charity also offers therapy and support to those with other neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s, Cerebral Palsy, Stroke, ME/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
On average 70 people a day use the Centre facilities. The charity receives no Government funding and therefore derives its income from fundraising activities in the community; hiring of the Centre’s conference and therapy rooms to external clients, plus income from grant making trusts. The annual running costs are around £550,000 per year.
The purpose-built facilities provide therapies to help manage symptoms such as individual and group physiotherapy, occupational and exercise therapy; sensory integration therapy; podiatry; oxygen therapy and health and wellbeing therapies. Outreach services are also offered in the community twice a week. In addition, the charity provides services to relieve isolation and loneliness, including; a day respite service three days a week; counselling and social groups. The charity also offers a free wheel-chair accessible transport service which is run entirely by volunteers and works on a donation basis.
Money raised via the Sticker Country Fayre & Vintage Rally is also donated to various local causes that are chosen by the committee each year.