People living in and around Inverness who have Multiple Sclerosis (MS) or other long term illnesses or injuries will benefit from funding secured by the MS Therapy Centre, Highland. An award of £5,000 has been made by Corra Foundation and is part of almost £200,000 of funding that has been awarded this month to 48 charities for work across Scotland.
Jackie McIntosh, Centre Manager, said: “All our work is aimed at making life easier and better for people with long term illnesses including MS. Through our therapy centre we support to around 300 people a year using hyperbaric oxygen treatment, massage, physiotherapy and various other therapies. Having a range of treatment options is very important as it means we can tailor what we do for every individual to give them the greatest benefit possible. As well as supporting the individuals directly affected by long term illness or injury we also help their families and carers as it has a huge impact on their lives too. This award of £5,000 will help pay for my post. Raising the money to pay our staff is a big part of our fundraising work, but without having good people in place we’re not able to deliver our work, so this funding is great news.”
Mary Craig OBE, Chief Executive of Corra Foundation, said: “This award will help provide a really valuable service for people in the Inverness area who just need a little bit of support to make their lives feel much better and keep them active and independent for as long as possible. MS Therapy Centre, Highland has had four other awards from us in the past, and it is great to be able to continue to support its work. We’re interested in hearing from other charities in the area that are working to make life better for people who are disadvantaged, and the next closing dates for applications are 15th July and 16th September.”
Three other charities working in the Highland area have also received funding:
Hone-Start Caithness was awarded £4,000 towards the salary costs of the part-time co-ordinator, Lochaber Action on Disability was awarded £5,000 towards the core running costs of the organisation, and Tykes was awarded £4,400 for the costs of one sessional worker.