WHO ARE WE?
A York based charity set up to help people with multiple sclerosis and similar neurological conditions to have a short break whether as a holiday or respite - we see little difference.
WHAT DO WE DO?
Prior to COVID we were taking guests away most weeks; however, the loss of our primary destination (Rothbury House, Northumberland) following its permanent closure has meant we have had to rethink our policy.
As a result, from May 2021, we will be running block bookings to a new hotel located in Blackpool. These will be for 4-day breaks and are advertised on this website under HOLIDAY LOCATIONS.
We have also changed the way we support Leuchie House, North Berwick and Calvert Trust at Kielder Water. Again, see our HOLIDAY LOCATIONS web page for details.
We aim to run a number of day trips from April 2021 onwards, subject to a resolution of the COVID situation, in the same way we have in the past. These will be from York and Ryedale area and will be available to groups who provide support for people with neurological conditions. See our DAY TRIPS page.
Finally, we will be restarting our weekly cafe once we believe those attending are no longer at risk - probably around March 2021. See our CAFE page.
WHO WAS ALAN BOTT?
A member of the York MS Branch as well as a member of the National Committee.
He fought hard to have a respite centre built in York which was opened in 1990 (now sadly closed).
He died in 2008, a few weeks before he was offered the MBE in recognition of his work. The charity is named after him as a tribute.
Alan and Mary Bott celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary shortly before his death.