Edinburgh students are ‘raising dough’ to beat MS

Cake Break 2013 Edinburgh

A group of Edinburgh University students are preparing for one of the nation’s most mouth-watering fundraising events – the MS Society’s Cake Break.

This year the MS Society is hoping to raise £50,000 from Cake Break across Scotland. It’s money that could make a huge difference and will be spent on research, campaigning, information and support.

Cake Break takes place next week during MS Week (29 April- 5 May), which aims to raise awareness of the most common disabling neurological condition affecting young adults. An estimated 10,500 people in Scotland have multiple sclerosis (MS) and it affects almost twice as many women as men.

Emma Wakeling, 21, who helped set up the University’s MS Fundraising Society said: “Many people don’t know that MS affects young people and that most people with MS are diagnosed in their twenties and thirties. Our Society aims to raise both awareness of MS and funds for vital research and support. The fact that we get to have fun making, selling and eating cake is a bonus!”

Pictured here on the Royal Mile’s Bakehouse Lane, the students hope to inspire others across the city to hold their own Cake Break events as well.

For more information about organising a Cake Break people can:

Go to www.cakebreak.org.uk T: 0845 481 1577 E: cakebreak@mssociety.org.uk  FB: www.facebook.com/mssociety/events

For more details on the Cake Break at the University of Edinburgh, go to www.facebook.com/groups/edmssoc

  • The MS Society (www.mssociety.org.uk) is the UK’s largest charity dedicated to supporting everyone whose life is touched by multiple sclerosis (MS), providing an award-winning freephone helpline (0808 800 8000), specialist MS information and funding more than 70 vital MS research projects in the UK.
  • MS is the most common disabling neurological condition affecting young adults and an estimated 10,500 people in Scotland have MS.
  • MS is the result of damage to myelin – the protective sheath surrounding nerve fibres of the central nervous system – which interferes with messages between the brain and the body.
  • For some people, MS is characterised by periods of relapse and remission while for others it has a progressive pattern.
  • Symptoms range from loss of sight and mobility, fatigue, depression and cognitive problems

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