Chris Jones (left) Jill Holt (right)
2018 marked 25 years since Chris Jones and Jill Holt founded the MS Trust. Over the past quarter of a century, we've supported thousands of people with MS and their families, as well as MS health professionals. But we know there's still much work to be done to ensure nobody has to manage MS alone.
"My GP didn't know; my neurologist thought I shouldn't know; the books in the library were out of date; the internet didn't exist. I couldn't access the information I wanted because I wasn't a doctor, but without medical training I couldn't understand it anyway. We were told: ‘You've got MS; go home and learn to live with it'."
- Chris Jones, MS Trust co-founder
These are the memories of MS Trust co-founder Chris Jones, who was diagnosed with MS in the 80s. For Chris, and the thousands of other people living with the condition around that time, the landscape was bleak. The information available about MS was woefully inadequate; MS research was underfunded; specialist MS health professionals were few and far between, and the image of MS was often unduly negative.
In 1993, Chris and her good friend Jill Holt, whose mum and aunt both had MS, decided enough was enough. Together they founded a small charitable trust - initially raising money through the sale of Christmas cards (which we still sell today!) - to provide information, support and, perhaps most importantly of all, hope, to those people feeling like they had nowhere and no one to turn to.
That charity was the MS Trust.
Today, over 25 years later, it may be a very different picture for people with MS and there may be new challenges to contend with, but our promise to always be in the corner of everyone affected by MS remains.
Here are just some of the ways we've supported people with MS over the years
MS Trust timeline
We couldn't do it without you
We receive no funding from the Government or the NHS. It's wholly due to the generosity of people like you supporting the Trust that we can continue our mission to ensure nobody has to manage MS alone.