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Aug 2018 Stockton Cricket and Rugby Club will be holding a Race Night on Friday 2nd November 2018, and we will be one of the beneficiaries
Tickets will be £5.00, which includes pie and peas. If you require tickets please contact David Henderson on 07999-849340

Thank you to everybody who donated prizes for the tombola, which was due to take place at the Stockton Cricket and Rugby Club's Field Day at the end of July. Due to the inclement weather the event had to be cancelled.

However, Stockton Cricket & Rugby Club will be holding a musical event at the end of August, where we will be able to run the tombola.

Our Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday 31st October 2018 at Orthoptic Supplies, 176 Belasis Avenue TS23 1EY at 7.15pm, everyone is welcome.
July 30th 2017 AT the field day at Stockton Cricket and Rugby club on Sunday we raised £267

Thanks to the people who helped to prepare the tombola, and to those people who helped at the stall on Sunday

Also, a thank you to everybody who donated prizes for the tombola
 Oct 15 Make a Wish Campaign

Once again the group are asking its supporters to collect the "Make a Wish" tokens from the Middlesbrough Evening Gazette. The first tokens appear in the Gazette on Monday 19th October 2015, and the last tokens appear on the Saturday 16th January 2016.  Please give your tokens to Carol or contact her on 
01642-617864 to arrange collection.
 Sep 15 Stockton Cricket Club will be holding a Charity Race Night on Friday 6th November 2015 in aid of Stockton MS Group and McMillan Nurses
Stockton Cricket club held a charity race night last year, which was well attended and very successful, where our Group was the sole beneficiary and we received a donation of £1,700
If you require any further information or tickets please contact David on 01642-617864, or 07999-849340
 Sep 15 Founding member Glen L.

Due to failing health Glen has had to step down as contact for the group.  We would like to sincerely thank him for all his efforts over the years since the group started. We wish him all the best.

 Sep 14 Stockton Cricket club are holding a Racing Night to raise funds for Stockton MS Group
This will be held on Friday 7th November 2014
Tickets will cost £5.00, which includes the cost of pie & peas
The first race will be at 8.000pm
  • Stockton Cricket Club
  • The Grangefield Ground
  • Oxbridge Avenue
  • Stockton on Tees
  • Tees Valley
  • TS18 4JF
  • United Kingdom
  • 01642 870650
 Aug 14 You can download the 2014 Annual Report by clicking here and the 2013 Financial Report by clicking here
 Aug 14 Following a three month trial period, we are resuming the Wednesday Night Socials at the premises of Orthoptic Supplies, 176 Belasis Avenue, Billingham TS23 1EY, at 19.00 hours on the last Wednesday of the month from August to November 2014
 Jan 14 Make a Wish
We collected 5,832 tokens
Thanks to all our members and non- members who have collected wish tokens over the last few months
 Dec 2013  

Report from the Treasurer

The Group have not done any major fund-raising since the shop closed five years ago, and funds have declined. As most funding organisations will not consider applications for funding until we had less than 12 months reserves, we did not make any applications till this autumn. We have now applied to several organisations for funding, but we will not know any results till the New Year.

To ensure the continuation of the Group and the Drop-in, the committee have had to make some difficult decisions to cut our costs.  We have decided to suspend the monthly Social Night on a Wednesday evening. Due to the lack of numbers attending the Drop-in on a Thursday, where some weeks no one has attended, we are suspending the Drop-in on a Thursday. We have also made the painful decision to make the position of Drop-in Organiser redundant. With the suspension of the Social Night and Thursday’s Drop-in there will be insufficient demand for the minibus. We will put the minibus up for sale in the New Year.

John has been running the Drop-in for over fourteen years, and his excellent and hard work has contributed greatly to the success of the Drop-in. On behalf of the committee I would like to thank John for all his effort and excellent work over these years.

After taking these difficult decisions, the current funds we have in the bank will allow us to run the Drop-in and the Group until at least the end of September 2014. We will continue to make further funding applications in the New Year. If you know of any local organisations, Social Clubs or funding organisations that would consider an application from the Group could you please let me know, by contacting me by telephone (01642-617864) or the Group’s e-mail address on the front page of the bulletin. If anyone has had experience of writing funding applications, and would like to help could you please contact me.

I will keep you informed on how our fund raising efforts progress

David Henderson

Hon. Treasurer

Mar 2013


Make a Wish Campaign £45.94

Staff from the North East Public Health Observatory, Topside House in Marrick, N.Yorks ( Christmas Charity collection ) £50.00

Golden Charter Ltd, Glasgow £25.00
Nov 2012

Chat Group at Eaglescliffe

Please note that this group is susspended until further notice due to fire damage of the nearby shops.


Mar 2012

Chat Group at Eaglescliffe

Three people who regularly attended the CHAT group meetings have been getting phsysio at the Billingham Forum since January, and this is set to continue.

Therefore, with the holiday season coming up
There will be no CHAT Group meetings till September 2012


Mar 2011 Annual General Meeting 

The AGM will take place at Newtown Community Centre on Wednesday 27th April 2011 at 7pm, all members are urged to attend. This is your group after all!

 Jan 2011  New Medical Student.

The group would like to welcome our new Medical Student – Sacha Vohlidkova.  Sacha is originally from Slovakia and has been in the UK for four years.  She studied English at the International Language school in Greater London (her English is impeccable).


As all of our assigned Medial Students, she is in her first year of study and her main interests are surgery and psychology but she admits this may change as her course progresses.

 Dec 2010  


From January 2011 the Social Evenings which were held at the Alma Centre, will now be held on the last Wednesday of every month at Newtown Community Centre, Durham Road, Stockton 
TS19 0DE. We look forward to seeing you all at this new venue for the first meeting of the New Year on the 26th January 2011.


 Jan 2010


New Medical Student.



The group are happy to welcome Ross Holcombe as our assigned medical student for this year.  As usual with our placements Ross is in his first year at Durham University studying medicine.  Ross already has one degree in pharmacology from Southampton.  He originates from Croydon in south east London but his grandparents came from the north Yorkshire area. He is very interested in the surgical aspects of his course, but this may change over time.  He is a keen rower and part of the university rowing team and he also enjoys swimming (which is handy if the rowing goes wrong!).

27th Oct 2009 Betty Cairns

We are sad to report that Betty passed away this morning after a short illness.  A staunch supporter of the group and volunteer who looked after all those attending the Thursday drop-ins.  She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Sep 2009 New Minibus

We are delighted to tell our members that the Group has purchased a new minibus.  Well new to us that is!.  It's a Renault Master similar to the current blue bus, but a more up to date version.  It's five years old and in very good condition.  We hope that it will serve us well over the coming years.




Jul 2009

Sponsored Walk

Celia and Carol will be walking up the cycle track from Fairfield in Stockton to Shotton Colliery and back, a total of 30 miles.  This is in aid of people with Motor Neurone disease (MND).  The walk will take place on July 11th starting at about 7:30 am.  We wish them all the best of luck!  Anyone wishing to sponsor them, contact Carol 01642 617864. 

Apr 2009

Drop in 16th April Cancelled

Please note that the drop in on the 16th at Greens Lane is cancelled as the church is having it's driveway replaced.

Jan 2009

New Medical Student.


2009  new medical student –Jess Walker. 

Jess (18) is from Uttoxeter, Staffordshire and is following a medical career based in Stockton.  She is in her first year at is looking forward to covering all aspects of the general medial training.  She said it was too early to think about specialising but anaesthetics is an area that fascinates her.

 Jess is very musical,  she plays the trumpet, Piano and guitar (but not all at once!)


jess2008 sees us with a

Sep 2008

The Thornaby Shop is closing

After a number of very successful years trading, our shop in Thornaby town centre is due to close on October 4th due to the demolition and rebuilding of the town centre.

We would like to thank all our volunteers past and present for their exceptional efforts in making the place what it is, not just a shop but a social centre.  We would equally like to thank all our customers for their support and especially those who have donated items for us to sell.

We’ve had a great run and the place will be greatly missed by those involved with it.

A special thank you to Carol and David without whose untiring efforts non of this would have been possible.

Aug 2008

New forum software

After a problem with the existing online forum software we have installed a complete new package with some exciting new features.  Users of the previous form will need to re-register.  Go have a look - click here. 


Feb 2008

New Medical Student.


2008 sees us with a new medical student –Stephen Worthy.  Stephen is from Witney in Oxfordshire and is studying medicine at Durham.  He has yet to decide on an area in which to specialise, but thinks that surgery would probably be the area that would most interest him.  Currently he is living in halls in Stockton, his hobbies are playing badminton and squash and likes anything in the field of athletics that gets his adrenalin running.  

The WONDER WOMEN   from the MS Charity Shop have struck again
Sales for w/e 17th November 2007, were a fantastic £1,543.94

Can you please remind everyone that subscriptions of £5.00 are now due. They can either send a cheque, payable to Stockton MS Group, at my home address, or pay myself or John Hill at any social function or at the Dop In Centre



Our Charity Shop in Appleby House at Thornaby goes from strength to strength.


This year we have suffered two floods, both in May. The building adjacent to ourselves, Brus House, was demolished earlier this year (as part of the Thornaby Town Centre redevelopment), and caused quite severe problems with debris and dust.


Despite these problems, Carol and all the staff have remained cheerful and have managed to keep the shop clean and tidy, and to sell mountains of goods. During one week in September we had our best weekly sales ever, with sales of £1,161. During the months of September and October sales have averaged over £1,000 per week. Sales this year up to the end of October exceed £33,000.  WELL DONE


Thank you to all our members and friends who have donated goods to the shop, and all the people who have called into the shop to say hello and spend their money.


The Charity Shop is our main source of funding. The funds generated by the shop are used to run the Drop in Centre and to pay for the upkeep (fuel, insurance, repairs etc.) of our two adapted minibuses.


Finally as regards to the future of the shop, we know it will close, as part of the Thornaby Town Centre redevelopment, but at the time of writing we have not been given a closing date.




Thank you to Sandy and John - sponsored walk Great Glen Scotland

Many congratulations to Sandy and John who completed their sponsored walk and raised a staggering total of £600.00 for the group - Well done.  See pictures in the Photos & Games area.


Thank you to our Medical Student

The group would like to express their thanks to Andrew McKendry for all his support and help during his placement with us.  Andrew has now returned to university to complete his course.


Christmas Cards

We have Christmas cards for sale for further details see the section on Thornaby Shop.


West Highland Way - Sandy and John's sponsored walk.

Further monies have come in for Sandy and John's venture bringing the total raised to £844


Stockton flag day 

Jenny Bartle, Vince Thornton, ran this event and raised  £22.43.


West Highland Way - Sandy and John's sponsored walk.

Many congratulations to Sandy and John who completed their sponsored walk and raised a staggering total of £744.00 for the group - Well done.  See pictures in the Photos & Games area.


Yarm flag day 

Jenny Bartle, Vince Thornton, Ron Baker and David Henderson attended this event and due to the generosity of the people of Yarm raised  £232.85 - amazing!


Volunteers Urgently required for our Thornaby shop!

Due to some sickness problems affecting our regular volunteers we urgently need some help in running the charity shop in Thornaby.  If you are able to offer some of your time to assist, please contact Carol on 01642-617864

Flag Day
Well done to Jenny Bartle, Ron Baker and Vince Thornton who raised £45.16 for the Group at the Flag day at Thornaby.

Cleveland Fire Brigade offer FREE home fire safety check.

Anyone who lives in the Cleveland Fire Brigade area, which covers the council areas of Middlesbrough, Stockton, Hartlepool and Redcar and Cleveland can request a Home Fire Safety Check. 

How can I arrange a Home Fire Safety Check for my house?  Simply ring 01429 874063 anytime and leave your name, address (including your postcode if you know it), telephone number, and someone from Cleveland Fire Brigade will then arrange a convenient time for our firefighters to visit your home.  Alternatively you can contact your local Fire Station to arrange a visit. For full details download their advice document by clicking here .


Street Collections

We are looking for anyone willing to help with street collection fundraising events on:

Thursday 25th May 2006 in Thornaby
Saturday 24th June 2006 in Yarm
Wednesday 5th July 2006 in Stockton

If you can help please contact David on 01642-617864

May 2006 feature  Andrew McKendry - Medical student


Andrew is from Bushmills in Co. Antrim and is studying medicine at the University of Durham.  Part of his course requires him to undertake a placement in the community and the group are lucky to have him until December 2006.
 Andrew McKendry

Andrew says that he is really enjoying the experience and that it’s “a really great bunch of people” within the group.  He first became interested in MS while working as a waiter in a hotel where he met someone with MS for the first time and always wanted to know more.


On completion of his course he hopes to specialise in radiology.




Sandy & John's West Highland Sponsored Walk

Sandy & JohnDuring May 2006 Sandy & John will be walking the West Highland Way (95 miles) with a wheelchair in aid of Stockton MS Group and is seeking sponsors.


All money raised will go to help people with multiple sclerosis in the Stockton – on –Tees area.

 Click here   to open and download the sponsorship form.


Sue O's Stem Cell Treatment

Read Sue's account of her trip to Rotterdam for her recent leading edge treatment.  All the details are in the April 06 Bulletin available in the download section or click here  . 


 Appeal for Music / Video items

The group have been offered a stand at a Record & CD fair in Middlesbrough Town Hall crypt, on Saturday 13th May 2006 10am - 4pm admission £1.50. 

We are appealing for anyone who can donate records, record players, DVDs, videos and cassettes.  If you can drop them into the shop in Thornaby town centre, or the drop-in centre it would be appreciated; otherwise contact Carol on 01642-617864.



Visit to the Calvert Trust – Keswick

Several of the group were fortunate enough to be able to spend a week at the wonderfully appointed Calvert Trust Centre in Keswick.

 Calvert Trust Keswick

In a beautiful setting overlooking the lake our members set out to challenge themselves, enjoying everything from horse riding to bungee jumping!

To see a visual record of the week look in our gallery section.  Where you will see our members takiing full advantage of the Calvert trust facilities.



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