Aims2Cure, a local run charity, is celebrating its 20th birthday in 2019 not long after having tipped the £1million fundraising milestone, which is both a proud and exciting moments for the small charity.
Aims2Cure, run solely by 12 volunteers, funds research into finding a cure for Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
MS is a chronic, lifelong neurological condition involving damage to the sheaths of nerve cells in the brain and/or spinal cord.
This can result in serious disability. MS affects over 100,000 people in the UK and most commonly strikes those in their 20s and 30s although can develop at any age.
Candi Goldstein, chairperson of Aims2Cure said: “I’m a Radlett resident of more than 20 years.
Along with others I set up this charity 20 years ago to raise funds for Multiple Sclerosis.
Since we have started we have seen some improvements in quicker diagnosis and a wider varied drug availability.
There is still no cure and we will continue to strive towards our main goal, in finding one.
Additionally, through their Michele Elster Fund, Aims2Cure helps to improve the quality of life of those living with the condition.
Michele lost her battle to MS over 10 years ago and a fund was established in her memory.
Over the past 20 years, the charity has purchased different pieces of equipment and adapted homes to increase accessibility.
It is also involved with supporting several MS therapy centres in the UK, funding the salary of Physiotherapists and purchasing much needed equipment.
Aims2Cure’s fundraising appeals to a wide audience. From poker tournaments to bridge competitions, from London – Brighton indoor cycling challenges to Icelandic treks or even a hilarious and heartwarming evening with the wonderful Judge Rinder at the Radlett Centre.
In the build up to this 20th year, Aims2Cure has decided to hold 20 events in 20 months and by February will have achieved its goal. It has also committed to support 20 different MS centres nationally by the end of 2019.
For more information about Aims2Cure or MS, you can visit aims2cure.org.uk or find the charity on Facebook.