Salts Medilink Family Fund

Picture caption: (Left to right) Tanya Mitra from Multiple System Atrophy Trust receiving a cheque for £5000 after winning the Salts Medilink Family Fund 2015. Pictured left to right; Peter Salt, Tanya and Robert Salt at Salts Medilink HQ in Birmingham.

‘People Power’ Helps Small National Charity
Multiple System Atrophy Trust Win National Competition

The Multiple System Atrophy Trust, a small national charity, has won the Salts Medilink Family Fund and a top prize of £5,000 after polling the most votes in this national competition. The charity which supports those with the degenerative neurological disease, Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), will use the money to expand the support it provides through its team of MSA Nurse Specialists.

Salts Medilink is a family-owned, 300-year-old, 600 staff strong firm from Birmingham that distributes healthcare products throughout the UK and worldwide, and is headed by three brothers who are tenth-generation members of the Salt family. From the company’s nineteen offices across the UK, five different charities were nominated by staff for the Family Fund competition. Via social media, advertising and editorial, members of the public were then asked to vote over a nine-month period for their favourite charity.
The Multiple System Atrophy Trust won the top prize of £5,000 after polling 36% of the votes. Tanya Mitra, Fundraising Officer, received the £5,000 cheque on behalf of MSAT from Peter and Robert Salt at Salts headquarters, Birmingham. She said: “I’m delighted that we have won this amazing competition receiving £5,000, one of our largest ever business donations. This will enable us to continue to provide our vital services to people affected by MSA. I’m extremely proud that we were voted for by the public. We are a small charity that wishes to improve the lives of those with MSA, but also their carers and families. A key service is that of our MSA Nurse Specialists who play a vital role in providing individual help and support. We rely solely upon donations as our services are free and this win will help us to reach more people with an expansion of our Nurse Specialist Team, especially around the West and East Midlands and Greater Manchester.”
Peter Salt, Salts Healthcare Managing Director said: “This is the third year of the Salts Medilink Family Fund. We started the Fund because we wanted to give something back to the areas where we have our offices, to the people who work for us and most importantly to our customers and their families who rely upon our products and services. We wanted the public to make the decisions for us and we’ve been amazed how many votes have been cast, showing that all the charities that were nominated have a very special place in people’s hearts. I am delighted to award this money to the Multiple System Atrophy Trust.”

All 5 nominated charities received £500, with the top three positions receiving the following:
1. Multiple System Atrophy Trust £5,000
2. Beating Bowel Cancer £2,500
3. Macmillan Cancer Support £1,500

Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) is a degenerative neurological disease that affects adult men and women. It is caused by atrophy or shrinking of nerve cells in several (or multiple) areas of the brain which can result in problems with multiple bodily functions such as speech, movement, balance and blood pressure control. Until recently, MSA was thought to be a very rare disease, though for many people it can still take several years to diagnose. Recent research suggests it affects about 5 people per 100,000 so at any one time there are almost 3,000 people living with MSA in the UK.

The MSA Trust wants to increase understanding, improve diagnosis and ultimately find a cure, whilst supporting those affected by MSA, their carers, family and friends. The MSA Trust do this by providing a specialist nurse helpline via telephone or email, educational information, a network of local UK-wide Support Groups and support for healthcare professionals working with people with MSA. The MSA Trust is funded entirely by voluntary donations and all services are free. For more information, visit www.msatrust.org.uk

For more information about Salts Medilink, visit www.salts.co.uk



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