PLEASE NOTE BOTH SHOPS WILL RE-OPEN ONCE THE CURRENT LOCKDOWN IS LIFTED AND WE ARE GIVEN PERMISSION .

PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE DONATIONS OUTSIDE EITHER OF THE SHOPS AS WE HAVE TO PUT THESE ITEMS STRAIGHT INTO THE BIN BECAUSE OF COVID RESTRICTIONS. THIS COSTS US MONEY.

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?

HOLIDAY BREAKS

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. We are also holding a neurological week at the Calvert Trust, Kielder Water, in October.


In addition we will continue to support Leuchie House through the provision of a lump sum that they can allocate directly to individuals.

See our HOLIDAY LOCATIONS page for further details.

DAY TRIPS

We plan to run a number of day trips later in the year, 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.

CAFE

Finally, we will be restarting our weekly cafe once we believe those attending are no longer at risk. See our CAFE page.

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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. Mary is still with us and celebrated her 100th birthday in July 2020.