Antrim fundraiser gets baking for MS

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A local girl has helped raise ‘lots of dough’ for the MS Society by hosting a successful Cake Break.

The MS Society challenged supporters throughout the UK to host a Cake Break to help raise £350,000 for MS research.

Claire Robinson, from Muckamore, rose to the challenge by turning her kitchen into Antrim’s very own cupcake factory raising almost £2500.

Along with her mum Linda McBride and friends Gillian Milligan and Helen Brown, Claire baked hundreds of cupcakes throughout April in return for donations from friends, family members, neighbours and colleagues.

The trio completed their cupcake marathon with a Cake Break – a fundraising coffee morning – on April 30 to mark Multiple Sclerosis Week 2014.

Claire said: “We’re really enjoyed hosting the Cake Break. It was great fun and I’d like to thank everyone for their generosity. We did this because it’s a cause very close to our family’s heart.

“We really hope that some day there will be a cure for MS and we’re just delighted to play our part in supporting MS research.”

Samantha Creighton, Community Fundraiser, MS Society added: “Congratulations to Claire, Gillian and Helen on their amazing Cake Break.

“We’re so grateful to have such wonderful supporters who help us to fund potentially life changing MS research. With their support, we will beat MS.”

Four thousand people live with multiple sclerosis in Northern Ireland – one of the highest rates in the world.

No one knows the exact cause of MS but it is believed to be a mixture of genetic and environmental factors. MS attacks at random and many of the symptoms are invisible to others.

Most people are diagnosed in their 20s or 30s and it affects almost three times as many women as men.

The MS Society is a national charity fighting to improve treatment and care to help people with MS take control of their lives.

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