Multiple Sclerosis Society of Great Britain

Multiple Sclerosis Society
Abbreviation MS Society
Formation 1953
Legal status Charitable Organization
Purpose To beat MS
Headquarters London
  • UK
Official language
Chief Executive
Michelle Mitchell
Remarks 300+ branches

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (MS Society) is a charitable organisation with Charitable Company status. The MSS funds research and support for those affected by Multiple Sclerosis. The society is currently (2012) involved with the Neurological Alliance, and other charities in campaigning against changes to the Welfare System in the UK.[1]


The MS Society was founded in 1953 by Richard Cave, whose wife, Mary, had MS.


The MS Society is the UK's largest charity for people affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS). It is a membership organisation, with c.38,000 members (2012), made up of PAMS (People Affected by MS).

The MSS has a network of branches (over 300) and 9000 volunteers, who help to raise awareness and funds for the Society, both locally and nationally.

MS Society activities include:

The MS Society receives most of its income from personal donations. It also raises money through sponsored events.

The charity has a Research Strategy Committee chaired by Brian Meaden. The MS Society recognises the need for systematic reviews of existing pre-clinical research as well as clinical research, about which the charity SABRE Research UK raises awareness.

The chairman of the society in 2010, Tony Kennan, received an OBE in the 2011 New Year Honours.


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