Fly Through Friday....13th
Bookings are now open for Merlin MS Centre’s annual skydive event,’ Fly Through Friday 13th’ which this year takes place in March. The popular event gives brave individuals a bird’s eye view of the county as they free fall up to 15,000ft over Perranporth Air Field. In return for a minimum sponsorship of £500, participants can complete their challenge for free.
Aiming to debunk the superstition that Friday 13th is unlucky, one local charity is giving the chance to fly in the name of fundraising.
Centre volunteer, Catherine Hanniford took on the challenge last year to celebrate her 60th Birthday raising over £900 for the charity.
“ I loved every minute of the whole experience and was very proud of myself. I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate my ‘big’ birthday and I would do it all again tomorrow! My aim was to raise £600 for my 60th birthday so I was over the moon by people’s generosity at helping me raise £900.”
Amateur and give-it-a-go golfers are invited to come together for charity this spring
Professional, amateur or never picked up a club, a charity golf day being held at St Austell Golf Club on Friday 22nd May is the perfect time to practise your swing and raise money for Merlin MS Centre.
The day starts with breakfast at 8.30am with a chance to meet and mingle with other players before a shotgun-start of 18 holes of golf begins at 9.30am. There will be lots of opportunities to win prizes, including nearest the pin and longest yard games. A post round two-course meal will be served at 2.30pm with an auction and raffle with some fantastic prizes.
Corporate Fundraiser, Tamsin Chapman said “This is our first event with St Austell Golf Club and we are really excited. We have adopted an inclusive approach this year and it really doesn’t matter if you have played golf before or not, it’s about getting friends together and having fun. ”
Teams of four are invited to book either on the charity website www.merlinmscentre.org.uk or by phoning the Centre direct. The cost is £180 for a team of four which includes 18 holes and a two-course meal. Without a team but want to play? We can put you on a reserve list and match you up with other players (we cannot guarantee a space)
Merlin Launches 100 Days Charity Challenge
Get involved in Merlin's 2020 fitness challenge event for all ages and abilities – the 100km in 100 days challenge is suitable for both seasoned sports fanatics or those aiming to get fitter.
Participants chose how they are going to clock up their kilometres – it could be a cycle, walk, swim, run, or paddle with a target to complete the distance in 100 days.
Challenge organiser Ellie May said: “Maybe you want to get fit for a holiday, enjoy walking with the family and plan to do it more regularly or you have a passion for swimming and seek a new challenge.
“The joy of this event is that it can be done in your own time and gives you the freedom to complete it by doing something you enjoy or trying something new either on your own or with friends.”
Participants will be provided with a fundraising support pack, branded charity buff, and a medal and certificate on completion. Registration for the event is £10, minimum sponsorship is £100.
Charity Trustee Steve Lawrence, whose wife Susan has Multiple Sclerosis took on his own 100k challenge last year in celebration of the charity’s 10-year anniversary.
“I have always been heavily involved in both football and running but the running really took off in 2012. I regularly run with a great bunch of people and have taken part in over 100 races. At the beginning of the year I gave myself a target of completing ten 10k runs to achieve 100k. Running is my passion but I found doing it with the goal of raising money for charity spurred me on even further, especially on the hills!”
Cornwall FA is delighted to announce that its Charity of the Year for the 2019/20 Season is The Merlin MS Centre.
The Merlin MS Centre, formally the Merlin Project, was founded in 2001, by Derek Murphy, a retired Medical Doctor, and his wife Eileen. Derek is a former head of the Neurosciences Section of the Administrative Headquarters of the British Medical Research Council in London.
The Centre provides affordable therapies and support for anyone in Cornwall living with a long-term neurological condition to improve their health and well-being and to help reduce isolation and loneliness. They provide financial support for those whose lives are affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in the way of subsidies and grants. Other conditions which they also support include Stroke, Parkinson's, ME, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Fibromyalgia.
The Merlin MS Centre are an amazing organisation who rely on donations, charity events and initiatives to carry out their fantastic work, and Cornwall FA are thrilled to be able raise funds through the Durning Lawrence Charity Cup Competition this season with the addition of a company donation at the Cup final in May 2020.
Community Fundraiser at The Merlin MS Centre, Lucy Chappell said this;
"We are so grateful to everyone from Cornwall FA for choosing to support Merlin MS Centre. This support will in turn help us as a charity to continue making a difference to the lives of those living with Multiple Sclerosis and other neurological conditions."
Cornwall FA Chief Executive Dawn Aberdeen had this to say; “Choosing our ‘Charity of the Year’ is always a difficult decision with so many local worthy causes desperately needing financial help. We are delighted to this year support the incredible work of the Merlin MS Centre and through the restructure of our charity competition this year raise the profile and hopefully generate more income for this dedicated organisation.”
This year 16 teams from the South West Peninsular league will be invited to take part and play mid-week fixtures under lights with the first round kicking off on 24th and/ or 25th September.