Standard Bank Isle of Man has provided the Isle of Man branch of the MS Society with a financial boost for its 60th anniversary plans by presenting the charity with a cheque for almost £1300.
Staff from Standard Bank choose a different charity each quarter to benefit from in-office fundraising and the MS Society (IoM), which supports everyone with this debilitating condition in the Isle of Man, was nominated by CEO John Coyle as a recipient in 2012.
Throughout the three months, staff raised funds by organising cake bakes, a temporary ‘tuck shop’ and paying to take part in dress down days.
Standard Bank staff’s contribution will be put towards the MS Society’s 60th anniversary plans which will include funding expert speakers from centres of excellence across the UK and workshops which will be of interest to people with Multiple Sclerosis and their carers and families.
Derek Patience, Chairman of the MS Society Isle of Man branch, said: “We’re very grateful to the staff of Standard Bank for all their efforts in raising this money for us. Every penny that we receive ensures that we can continue to help all those affected by MS in the island. This money also enables us to continue to contribute to wider research into symptom relief and one day, a cure. So a massive thank you once again to everyone at Standard Bank Isle of Man who contributed, it is very much appreciated.”
John Coyle, CEO of Standard Bank Isle of Man, said: “Our staff put a great deal of effort into raising funds for their chosen charities and I am delighted that our successful fundraising will benefit the MS Society in their special anniversary year. Our commitment to supporting four charities each year through in-office fundraising is in addition to the community initiatives that we are proud of which include an annual staff project and sponsorships.”
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is the most common disabling neurological condition affecting young adults and there is currently no cure. Current figures estimate the number of people diagnosed as around 100,000 in the UK alone, although many more are believed to be undiagnosed. For some people MS is characterised by periods of relapse and remission while for others it has a progressive pattern – this very unpredictability makes the work carried out by the MS Society vital to the well-being of those with the condition and their families.