Ely banking branch helps Multiple Sclerosis Society sufferers get active with £5,000 donation

PUBLISHED: 14:36 29 April 2016 | UPDATED: 14:36 29 April 2016

The Cambridge and District branch of the MS Society has received £5,000 from the Discovery Foundation, supported by Santander.

The Cambridge and District branch of the MS Society has received £5,000 from the Discovery Foundation, supported by Santander.

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The MS Society's Cambridge and District branch has received a funding boost to provide specialist weekly exercise classes for people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) who live in Cambridgeshire.

A donation of £5,000 was provided by the Discovery Foundation, supported by the Ely branch of Santander, which offers grants to UK registered charities for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities.

The grant will help improve the overall health of people with MS through attending the exercise classes which will enable them to stay as mobile and active as possible.

Muscle strength and general fitness can improve as a result of an exercise program specifically tailored for individuals who experience a broad range of MS Symptoms. Exercise can also help with the management of weight control as well as providing a weekly opportunity to meet up and make new friends.

Susan Dillon, chairman at the MS Society’s Cambridge and District Branch said: “This donation will support both our Wednesday exercise class for people with differing levels of disability and the Thursday class for newly diagnosed people. We are extremely grateful for this grant from The Discovery Foundation.”

Sally Picking, branch manager at Santander’s Ely branch, was happy to lend a helping hand. She said: “The Discovery Foundation makes hundreds of donations every year to good causes throughout the UK. Our branch is committed to playing a key part in the community and we are delighted to be supporting the MS Society’s Cambridge and District Branch and hope the donation makes a real difference to local people.”

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