people with MS
Located in the North East, MS Research and Releif Fund (MSRRF) is dedicated to providing crucial support for individuals affected by Multiple Sclerosis and their primary caregiver. We offer a wide range of free exercise classes, physiotherapy and complementary therapies which are all expertly designed to ease the symptoms of MS and increase fitness and mobility.
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Benmar House, which opened in 2002, is located in Morpeth and is MS Research and Relief Fund’s registered office and the main centre of operations. Open Monday to Friday, gym and exercise classes are offered here as well as a range of complementary therapies. Benmar House also provides a base from which all of the charity’s administration, grant and fundraising activities operate.
New for 2024* Coming Soon. South Side House in North Seaton will become one of the North East’s only centre to offer free physiotherapy with state-of-the-art equipment, including an Alter-G Treadmill.
funding and donations
We receive no statutory funding here at MSRRF so we’re grateful for every penny that people raise for us. We’re always looking for enthusiastic people to come and join in the fun, whether it’s the Great North Run or our Bake a Difference cake and coffee mornings, there’s something for everyone. There are also corporate and legacy opportunities.
Since visiting Benmar House my mobility and mood have improved a lot, everybody there has been supportive, kind and understanding…like an extended family.
people are affected
by MS in the UK
our centres and staff offer more than 17 different services, free of charge
it costs us between £50-£80 per service, per user to provide
what we do
Our expert team are always waiting
with a warm welcome
Supporting people with MS
MSRRF is committed to supporting people affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and their primary carers. We provide support services and resources to help people manage their condition and improve their quality of life.
MS is a complex and often misunderstood condition. MSRRF is dedicated to raising awareness through research about the challenges faced by those affected by MS.
Building a Community
MSRRF provides opportunities for people to connect and share their experiences whilst our expert staff can sign post to like-minded charities and resources that support people living with MS.
our team currently provide free services to
over 700 people in the North East
Staying active is crucial for individuals with MS. Our fitness and exercise programs are designed to promote physical fitness, improve balance, enhance muscle strength and gain confidence. Programs can also improve overall mental wellbeing. We offer a variety of exercise options, ensuring that everyone can find a program that suits their needs and abilities. Discover how our fitness and exercise initiatives can contribute to your overall health.
At MSRRF, we believe in holistic well-being. Our complementary therapies are designed to complement traditional medical treatments for MS. These therapies, which include options such as massage and reflexology, relaxation classes, stress reduction, and symptom management. All are tailored to your needs.
Our physiotherapy services are tailored to meet the specific needs of individuals with MS. Our skilled team will work with you to improve mobility, manage symptoms, and enhance overall well-being using tailored exercise and physical activity plans. South Side house is one of only a handful of places in the UK to have an AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill which is a game changer for some of our service users.
MSRRF can provide services to small groups of users, who may not be able to attend due to transport costs, locations or have no means of transport. As a group they can benefit from an exercise and complementary therapy session, in a social environment, over a morning or afternoon. We can also provide tea, coffee and cakes. MS active are an established group from Easington, County Durham who visit us and really benefit from our services.
Our outreach services are located in the following areas; we are always looking to work with organisations that have a suitable location and share our vision.
- Tyne and Wear
- Walkergate Park Hospital
- South Shields
How to Register for Our free Services
Whether you are a person with MS or a caregiver, accessing our services is easy:
- Obtain a referral form signed and stamped by your GP. Download it from our website or request it by calling MSRRF on 01670 505829.
- Upon receiving the completed referral form, we will arrange a consultation at Benmar House, either in person or over the phone.
- All our services are free, by appointment only, and administered by fully qualified, DBS-checked, and insured staff with MS awareness training.
get in touch
We’re always waiting with a warm welcome, a friendly ear and various services and information to help you make your life better.
Don’t hesitate to contact us in whichever way suits you best and we’ll do our utmost to help.
drop us an email
To actively involve all people in improving the quality of life of people affected by Multiple Sclerosis.
Working with Service Users to make the best possible use of funds entrusted to us towards improving the quality of life of people affected by Multiple Sclerosis, and by researching potential advancements in our knowledge and treatment of the condition.
Good and responsible stewardship. Transparency across the board. Participation across the board. Treating everyone equally as individuals. Honesty. Mutual trust.
Benmar House, Choppington Road,Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 2HX
South Side House, South Side, NorthSeaton, Ashington, Northumberland,NE63 9YB