Multiple Sclerosis Society of Great Britain

The MS Society is a charitable organisation with Charitable Company status. The MS Society funds research and support for people living with multiple sclerosis. It is currently (2019) a member of the Neurological Alliance, and works with other charities to campaign for change in the Welfare System in the UK.[1]

Multiple Sclerosis Society
AbbreviationMS Society
Legal statusCharitable Organization
PurposeTo stop MS
  • UK
Official language
Chief Executive
Nick Moberly
Remarks270+ local groups


The MS Society was founded in 1953 by Richard Cave and his wife, Mary, who had MS.


The MS Society is the UK's largest charity for people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS). It is a membership organisation, with around 29,000 members (2019), made up of people living with MS, their friends and families.

The MS Society has a network of branches (approximately 270) and 5,500 volunteers, who help to raise awareness and funds, both locally and nationally.

MS Society activities include:

  • funding MS research into cure, cause and quality of life,[2] including animal experimentation;[3] since 1956 the MS Society has invested approximately £220 million of today’s money in research.
  • providing grants (financial assistance) to people affected by MS
  • education and training on MS to those affected directly and to health professionals
  • producing information on MS: Publications downloads
  • running a freephone specialist MS Helpline (0808 800 8000)
  • providing local support groups through local groups and regional networks
  • campaigning on issues that affect people with MS, like the benefits system, social care and access to treatment
  • organising events like MS Life, MS Walk and Living with MS, educational and social events.

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 co-chaired by Professor Nigel Leigh, Brighton and Sussex Medical School and Stuart Nixon MBE. 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.

In 2010, the MS Society Chair Tony Kennan received an OBE in the 2011 New Year Honours. In 2016, then CEO Michelle Mitchell also got an OBE in the 2016 New Year Honours.


  1. ^ "UK Government Welfare Reform".
  2. ^ "MS Society - Funded research".
  3. ^ "MS Society policy - animal research | Multiple Sclerosis Society UK". Retrieved 2016-10-24.

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