Helping hand for group

Graham Collinson, of F Peart & Co, with Sylvia Moore and Sue Higgins, from Hartlepool Multiple Sclerosis Support Group

Graham Collinson, of F Peart & Co, with Sylvia Moore and Sue Higgins, from Hartlepool Multiple Sclerosis Support Group

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A BUSINESS has given a help group a cash boost as part of a community scheme.

F Peart & Co, which supplies domestic and commercial oil from its base in Baltic Street, Hartlepool, has handed over £300 to the Hartlepool Multiple Sclerosis Support Group.

The cash will be used to help fund a complementary therapist and counsellor for MS sufferers as well as anyone close to them that is affected by their condition.

The group is based at the Owton Rossmere Resource Centre, in Wynyard Road, and has been open since last month.

The Hartlepool MS drop-in centre runs every Monday from 11am-3pm.

Along with emotional support, it also offers advice on exercises to help improve some of the symptoms of MS, including fatigue, tremors, muscle stiffness and spasms.

The donation was made as part of F Peart & Co’s charitable bursary scheme after Graham Collinson, a committee member and spearhead of the charity, contacted the company.

Graham said: “The Hartlepool MS Support Group is a small support group which helps people come to terms with this life changing and debilitating condition, whether they are newly diagnosed or have been living with MS for a long time.

“The group is constantly growing, mainly with newly diagnosed sufferers, so we decided to form a drop-in centre in order to enhance the social lives and well-being of those living with MS in the local area.

“We are so grateful to F Peart & Co for its very generous donation.

“We were very happy when we heard that we’d been accepted into the bursary scheme. We can’t wait to start reaching out to people who really need support and care in Hartlepool.”

Laura Jackson, business manager at F Peart & Co, said: “The Hartlepool MS Support Group is a brilliant charity and we couldn’t be more pleased that they are using the bursary money to help fund the new drop-in centre.

“It is our hope that people with MS in the local area will use the centre as a means of socialising with like-minded people, talking through their problems, while at the same time, receiving any help that they require.

“The bursary scheme is our way of extending our support to everyone in the area and keeping in touch with the communities we are a part of and work hard for.”

F. Peart & Co launched the charitable bursary scheme in November 2011 to support local community groups, charities and sports teams which need a helping hand.