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Last update : 17 May, 2024
15 May 2024 We still require volunteers to help with our collection day in Tesco on Saturday 25th May (during the day). Anone who may be able to help out out can contact John on either of out contact numbers.
14 May 2024 For the immediate future, meetings will not now be weekly but we will meet once a month.
  For simplicity, meetings will now take place on the last Thursday of every month in the Fairhill community Centre. Time remains the same, about 10am till 1pm.
  There is no meeting at the end of May, so the next meeting of the group is scheduled for Thursday 27th June 2024.
11 Mar 2024 Joanne from the Policing & Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) is with us this Thursday (14th March) to give a talk on cybersecurity and how to avoid scams.
08 Feb 2024 Cookstown Multiple Sclerosis Help and Support group are celebrating their 20th birthday in 2024. Formed in 2004, the group has worked over the past twenty years to help and support it's members. More on events to commemorate this milestone later.
05 Feb 2024 The group is having a collection day in Tesco on Saturday 25th May. More on this later.
  Tesco Collection Day
28 Oct 2023 The podiatry sessions have finished for the year. Hopefully they'll be back in 2024.
23 Oct 2023 The total raised from the collection day in Asda was some £500. Many thanks to Asda and to all who contributed
11 Sep 2023 The group is having a collection day in Asda on Saturday 14th October from 10am to 4pm. Please call down and say hello.
  Asda Collection Day
12 Jul 2023 Many thanks to Anita Hurley, from Cookstown and Western Shores Area Network (CWSAN), for giving us advice on what is available for disabled and vulnerable people here in Cookstown and across Mid-Ulster. The well-attended meeting took place on Thursday 4th July
  CWSAN Meeting in July 2023
25 May 2023 The group had a meal in the Glenavon hotel today
28 Apr 2023 The final total for the Easter chicks fund-raiser was just over £1,600. Many thanks go out to everyone who knitted the chicks and to all the retailers, schools and other businesses who sold them and to everyone who made this fund-raiser possible.
05 Apr 2023 The group has received funding from Mid Ulster Council for podiatry sessions. These will commence shortly.
03 Apr 2023 Excellent attendance for our meeting on Thursday 30th March.
  Meeting on 30/03/2023
24 Mar 2023 Cookstown M.S. Help and Support will be starting our group meetings again on Thursday 30th March at the usual venue, Cookstown Community Centre. We intend to have our meetings on a monthly basis.
10 Mar 2023 The final total for the collection day at Tescos was £554. Thanks to Tesco and to all our volunteers who made this fundraiser possible.
04 Mar 2023 The group's meetings at the Cookstown Community Centre are set to recommence soon. These will be monthly meetings and will be confirmed closer to the time on our Facebook page. New members very welcome. We especially welcome younger or recently diagnosed adults, For more details please contact our secretary, John McGorry, 028 8676 6146
12 Jan 2023 There is to be a collection day at Tesco Cookstown on Friday 24th February 2023. More details closer to the time.
11 Jan 2023 There are still plenty of winter warm packs still available free to members. Please contact the group for more details. 028 8676 6146
09 Jan 2023 Our 2022 Christmas Lunch took place on Thursday 1st December. Photos here
12 Jun 2022 The group is having a collection day in Asda on Saturday 23rd July.
  Asda Collection Day
10 Jun 2022 The group will be meeting every Thursday morning in the Fairhill Community Centre (downstairs). Please feel free to come along. We welcome new members.
01 Jun 2022 The group meetings have commenced again after the long Covid break. There was a reasonable turnout on the Thursday, considering there was no community transport available because of the Jubilee Bank Holiday.
09 May 2022 Around £2,000 was raised from the Annual Easter Knitted Chick campaign. Many thanks to all involved.
09 Feb 2022 The knitted chicks are back! A list of outlets from which are available from will be listed shortly.
07 Feb 2022 Just a quick reminder that some of the Ring doorbells have still to be collected by members.
11 Jan 2022 Many thanks to the members of Lough Neagh Car & Tarmac Rally Marshall's Club Ltd. They have donated a cheque for £1790 to the group.
21 Dec 2021 Many thanks to Martin Mallon, who forwarded details of the group to the Gillan family, owners of South Bank Square. They have donated £2,000 to the group.
11 Jul 2021 Distribution of the tablets is almost complete. We are still in negotiations with Lenovo to return the covers which they supplied, which were not suitable for the tablets provided.
25 Jun 2021 Fergal O'Neill completed his marathon for the group (along with a bunch of his friends) on Saturday 19th June 2021. More details here.
01 May 2021 We have produced the spring 2021 newsletter, which has been posted to all members. You can view and download the Spring 2021 Newsletter here
20 Apr 2021 The spring newsletter is almost complete and will be distributed shortly.
19 Apr 2021 Fergal O'Neill is running a marathon for the group on Saturday 19th June 2021. He has set up a JustGiving page and has already raised more than £1,000 pounds More details here
5 Apr 2021 Monies have come through from Awards for All and we are currently in the process of sourcing electronic tablets and video doorbells for our members.
20 Mar 2021

Alas the annual Easter Chick’s fund-raising had to be cancelled again this year.

23 Oct 2020 With our group meetings still suspended, and many of our members isolating, we have produced a newsletter, which has been posted to all members. You can view and download the Autumn 2020 Newsletter here
11 Mar 2020 Many thanks to the Black Santa's for the cheque presentation of £4,750 at the Burnavon tonight. A big thank you to everyone who made this fundraiser such a huge success.
10 Mar 2020 As from today the chairperson and all the committee members have decided to cancel our weekly meetings until further notice, because of the threat of the corona virus spreading to our members. We shall be in touch and keep you posted.
4 Mar 2020 There was a new age curling team today at Cookstown Leisure Centre. One of our two teams finished third.
27 Feb 2020 On 27th February the group held their 'Christmas Dinner' at the Royal Hotel. Many thanks go to the Royal for another excellent meal. Photos here
20 Feb 2020 The PSNI Community Partnership gave a talk on safely and scammers on 20th February. Photos here
6 Dec 2019 The first Black Santa collection day is set to be held this Saturday (7th December) in Cookstown
6 Dec 2019 The group will break from their weekly meetings for Christmas on Thursday 19th December. We return hopefully on Thursday 9th January 2020. Facebook and the website will confirm closer to the time.
5 Dec 2019 Many thanks go to Gareth Devlin for a cheque for £1,500. Gareth and friends raised £3,000 through a Movember challenge (split with Marie Curie). Thank you all so much for this fantastic and unexpected donation.
  Gareth Quinn - Movember 2019
25 Nov 2019 The 2019 Cookstown 'Black Santa' launch took place at the 'Christmas Lights Switch On' on Friday 22nd November. Our secretary (in the middle) was part of the launch.
  Cookstown Black Santa Launch 2019
  Black Santa Bucket 2019
20 Nov 2019 There will be a Cookery Demonstration with ​Paula McIntyre on Friday 22nd November 2019 @ 7:30pm in Sandholes Presbyterian Church Hall. Tickets are £10. Proceeds in aid of Cookstown MS and the Church Hall Building Fund. Contact Sandholes Presbyterian Church for more details.
20 Nov 2019 A 'Black Santa' will feature outside the Burnavon in Cookstown from 16th-22nd December. The event will raise money for four local charities, Cookstown MS being one of them. The event will be launched at the 'Christmas Lights Switch On' on Friday night. As part of this event, there is a bag packing day in Asda Cookstown on Saturday 21st December. More later.
18 Nov 2019 Many thanks to Eamon McKey for his donation of £270 through PayPal.
16 Nov 2019 Many thanks to M&S Food-Hall Cookstown who topped up their year of having Cookstown M.S. as their chosen charity with another £1,000 pounds. This brought the final fund raising total to £4,058. Many thanks to all Marks and Spencers Cookstown and to our bag packers and to everyone who has made this fantastic total possible.
7 Nov 2019 The AGM was held today. all officers were re-elected.
12 Oct 2019 Cookstown MS meetings resumed in the Fairhill Parochial Centre in September. All welcome.
11 Oct 2019 The 2019 Prize Draw took place on Thursday 10th October 2019. Molly Dingley of Cookstown won first prize, the mobile clothes line. more details here. Tom Patrick of RT Autoparts make the draw. They kindly donated £200. A total of £795 was raised. Photos here
28 Sep 2019 Many thanks to the Kelly family from Carland who donated £300 to the group recently.
2 Sep 2019 Our 2019 Vintage Tractor Run took place on Sunday 1st September 2019. A grand total of £680 was raised. Photos can be found here
25 Jun 2019 The first Cookstown MS Prize Raffle tickets will be on sales from the end of the week from members. Raffle details here
25 Jun 2019 It is still possible the 2019 Kildress Tractor Run will take place before the end of the summer. More details later.
24 Jun 2019 The weekly group meetings will end on Thursday 27th June 2019. We are taking our annual break for the summer. Meetings will resume in the Fairhill Parochial Centre in September.
20 Jun 2019 On 20th June 2019 the group held their 'Easter Dinner' at Killymoon Golf Club. Photos to follow.
18 Jun 2019 The total raised from the year long efforts of the staff at the M&S Food-Hall in Cookstown is finalised at £3050. Many thanks to all involved.
14 May 2019 Around £2,000 was raised from the Annual Easter Knitted Chick campaign. Many thanks to all involved.
11 May 2019 The total raised from the final bag packing day at the M&S Food-Hall in Cookstown was about £185.00
10 May 2019 Killymoon Golf Club had a Quiz night and raised £300 for the group. Many thanks to all involved.
28 Apr 2019 On Easter Saturday, 20th April 2019, there was another fantastic bag packing day at the M&S Food-Hall in Cookstown. The final total for the day was £491.96. A big thank you to all our volunteers: Angie, Dominic, Mary, Una and Molly.
27 Apr 2019 The total for the amount of money raised from the 2019 Annual Easter Knitted Chick sale should be available shortly.
14 Apr 2019 Members of the Cookstown MS Help and Support group are currently working with MS Ireland as they undertake some research.
07 Apr 2019 Many thanks to Cookstown Credit Union. Apart from a being an annual seller of our 'Easter Knitted Chicks', they held a Easter Egg Raffle and raised £208 for the group.
29 Mar 2019 On 28th March, Inga came along to the group to give a taster session for chair yoga.
21 Mar 2019

On 21st March held their 'Christmas Dinner' at Killymoon Golf Club. Many thanks go to Darren and Stacey for an excellent meal. Photos to follow.

5 Feb 2019 The total from the three bagging days at M&S Food-Hall, Cookstown, now stands at a tremendous £1,603.
1 Feb 2019 Many thanks to all our volunteers: Emma, Aoife, Catlin, Patricia, Ciara, Bridie, Dearbhla, Molly and Una, for another great bag packing day on the 22nd December. The final total for this bag pack was an amazing £726.33
16 Jan 2019 The group start back after their Christmas break tomorrow Thursday (17th January) in the Parochial Centre at Fairhill Road in Cookstown. 11am start. New members welcome.
25 Dec 2018 The bag packing day in Marks & Spencer Food-hall Cookstown was a tremendous success. More later.
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