Get InvolvedHow You Can Support Us
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“One fifth of people in Scotland will have a neurological condition in their lifetime and the numbers are increasing.” (Neurological Alliance Scotland)
With your help, we can make a huge difference to the lives of people living with a neurological condition, helping them to manage challenging and often debilitating symptoms.
Your support will ensure that we can offer our life-changing therapies to all who need them and that we can keep our centre open as a place of community and friendship.
There are so many ways that you can help us: by making a one-off donation or a regular gift; by participating in a challenge event like the Edinburgh Marathon or Kiltwalk; by shopping online or organising your own fundraising activity. Click on the links below for more detail – or contact Jemma or Fiona at our Centre.
Ways to donate
Donate securely online using a credit card or PayPal using our simple, online form. You can choose to make a one-off donation or commit to a regular gift. Please know that whatever you can afford will make a real difference to our work.
If you are eligible for Gift Aid, this increases the value of your gift by 25% at no cost to you. Please just tick the box when you make your donation.
£45 will pay for a Physiotherapy appointment; £30 will pay for an Oxygen Therapy session; £24 will pay for one month of weekly exercise class.
We are delighted to be part of the brand-new Edinburgh Community Lottery, which you can play for just £1 per week. With a 1 in 50 chance of winning a prize in the weekly draw, and a top prize of £25,000, this is a fun and engaging way to support us.
Just select MS Therapy Centre Lothian - and 50p from every ticket will come straight to us.
We are registered with Amazon Smile and Easy Fundraising, both fantastic ways to donate to Compass, at no cost to you.
Amazon Smile – if you already shop with Amazon then it is simple to switch to Amazon Smile. On the settings section on your account, select Amazon Smile and then look for us. We will be listed as The Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre Lothian. You will raise money every time you shop! You can follow the same steps for the Amazon App.
Easy Fundraising- Visit Easy Fundraising, select MS Therapy Centre Lothian as your beneficiary charity and then click on the shop of your choice. There are over 4,000 retailers to choose from including eBay, John Lewis, M&S, Argos, and a range of services such as utilities, insurance companies and brokers. Each business donates a percentage of what you spend, some as much as 10%. You can also download their App and shop straight from your mobile.
Through your work, you can give to any UK charity straight from your gross salary (before tax is deducted) so your donation costs you less. Speak to your employer to confirm that they participate in the scheme. Regular, reliable donations received through payroll giving help us plan and budget for our future.
Remember us in your will.
Once loved ones are provided for, many people choose to remember a cause that is close to their heart and to leave a legacy. If this is something you would like to explore, speak to your solicitor as you make or amend your will. This is a personal decision and there is no need to let us know.
Gifts in wills usually take the form of:
- A share of your estate (called a residuary gift)
- A fixed sum of money (called a pecuniary gift)
- A particular item (called a specific gift)
Fundraising ideas – over to you!
Here are some of our fundraising favourites – we would love to hear yours and to encourage you as you support us.
- Quizzes and Trivia Nights
- Coffee Morning or Afternoon Tea – online or in-person
- Sponsored run, walk, swim, cycle
- Auctions at your workplace or amongst friends – unwanted clothes, handbags etc
- Create an office recipe book
- Dress down days
Or why not nominate us as your workplace Charity of the Year? Some companies also run matched-giving schemes and will double your fundraising total!
Events to have fun with!
Events to have fun with!
Participating in large-scale organised events is a fantastic way to fundraise, often including getting fit and making new friends in the process! Here is how you can get involved in 2022.
Edinburgh Marathon Festival – 28th & 29th May 2022
The Edinburgh Marathon Festival has a range of events for every level of fitness - the UK’s fastest full marathon course, 10K & 5K routes, a team relay and loads of kids’ events. There is something for everyone! Just choose your distance and register your Own Entry online at www.edinburghmarathon.com (prices vary according to distance).
We are an affiliate charity so, once you have registered, do not forget to tell us! You do this by logging into My Details and clicking the link to “tell a charity I have my own entry.” If you would love to participate and raise funds for Compass but cannot manage the Own Entry fee, please let Jemma or Fiona know, in confidence, and we can arrange to reimburse this to you.
As we are an affiliate charity, you also have the option to request a Charity Entry. However, these come at a higher cost to the charity than the cost of Own Entry places.
Edinburgh Kiltwalk – 18th September 2022
Scotland’s Virtual Kiltwalk – 7-9 October 2022
Back after its Covid hiatus, the Edinburgh Kiltwalk once again offers walkers a wonderful opportunity to raise money with a 50% top-up from Sir Tom Hunter and The Hunter Foundation. (You raise £100, we receive £150!)
You can pick from three walking distances: The Mighty Stride (24 miles); The Big Stroll (14.6 miles) and the Wee Wander (approx. 3.5 – 4.5 miles).
If you are not ready for a big gathering or just prefer to do your own thing, Scotland’s Virtual Kiltwalk continues into 2022. This is a flexible fundraising opportunity where you are still under the umbrella of a mass participation event (with that 50% matched funding!).
For more details on all things Kiltwalk, visit www.thekiltwalk.co.uk
Everything we do is about helping people live the best life they can, and you can help make a real difference.
All our voluntary roles are supported: people come first. We will give you an induction and relevant training, and you will always have space to talk and discuss your role and our service delivery.
You do not need specific skills for many of our roles. All we ask for is enthusiasm and a willingness to get involved, and we will support your development. Most of our volunteers work once a week, for around three to four hours, but volunteer work patterns are flexible.
Volunteering Roles include Oxygen Therapy Support Operator; Reception and Administration: Physiotherapy Support Assistant
Benefits of volunteering
- Make a difference to someone's life.
- Volunteer with other passionate people.
- Be recognised for the skills and experience you bring to our organisation.
- Learn new skills that could help your career.
- Be a part of your local community and an organisation that cares.
Become A Volunteer
We need welcoming and friendly people who will help our clients feel comfortable during their time in the Centre.
You can apply to become either in the role of Oxygen Delivery, Physiotherapy Assistance or Administration.
Our vision is that everyone with a neurological condition in Lothian has the support to live their best life and our mission is to build an inclusive community and offer specialist services, led by oxygen therapy and physiotherapy, to empower clients to manage their neurological condition and support them whenever they need it.
As an small independent charity, support from fundraisers like you really go a long way in helping us provide vital support to people living with a neurological condition in Edinbugh and the Lothians.