We never want to close our doors again!
How has this year been for you and your family? 2020 has been a year of firsts at Revive MS Support. The first-time our doors have closed in 37 years. The first-time people living with Multiple Sclerosis in Greater Glasgow have felt what life’s like without Revive. The first time we’ve had real concern for our future – 1 in 10 charities think they’ll be forced to close within a year.
Our staff team have been working tirelessly to make sure we never close our doors again to the 2000 people who need us each year. But we need your help to do this.
Remember the iconic movie ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’? This got us to thinking: What would the world look like without Revive MS Support? So we’ve made this the subject of our Christmas Appeal this year.
We already know the answer: life without Revive has been a real battle for many of our clients, physically, emotionally and mentally.
Hear from our clients
During lockdown life without Revive was terribly depressing and there were days where I couldn’t get out of bed. Since returning to their Centre in August, I haven’t missed a single class, my balance has improved so much and, mentally, it’s given me something to look forward to every week. Revive is my lifeline, I don’t know what I would do without it!
When the Centre closed, it was like the 'I’m a Celebrity' tv show when the celebs are doing the challenges. When they get it wrong, the shutters come down. That’s what lockdown was like…everything stopped. Coming back to the Centre, it really lifted me! It felt like being in a wee dark hole and somebody had opened a door! If Revive wasn’t here for me, I’d be in a dark place.
Living with advanced MS can be pretty grim. As a wheelchair user I found that as my mobility decreased my world got smaller leading to bouts of depression and despair. When I found out about Revive, it made a massive difference on my physical fitness and lifted my mood, which not only helped me, but benefitted my wife and kids too. Lockdown was a pretty scary time and I've really felt the effects of not using the standing frame for 6 months.
Since we re-opened in August, we’ve done everything possible to support our clients despite the restrictions. Those able to return, like Caroline, have seen a massive improvement in their health. But not everyone has been able to come back. We’ve reached some over Zoom, but for those with chronic symptoms there’s no substitute for the life-changing care and support provided at our Centre.
The local MS community needs to know they’ll be able to return to our Centre, their safe place, when this is all over – this may be the one thing that keeps them going this winter. By pulling together, we have what it takes to provide them with the greatest gifts of all – HOPE!
Please support us in our efforts to be with them every step of the way. Help ensure that Revive MS Support, a Glasgow institution, never has to close its doors again.
We will be sharing stories from our clients about what Revive means to them throughout December and we ask that you would help us to spread the word and reach as many people as possible with this important message. Please tell your friends and family about Revive MS Support. Your kindness is immensely appreciated at this difficult time by all at Revive.
As part of this appeal, we asked our clients, carers and supporters if they would take part in a video capture project to share their thoughts of what their life would be like without Revive. We will continue to add new videos throughout December.