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By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: November 23, 2012

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  • CELEBRATING: Christina Best, and Ellie May of the Merlin Centre, making corn dollies as part of celebrations earlier this year.

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A CHARITY is inviting people in Cornwall to send in messages of thanks and love this Christmas.

The Cornish Guardian has teamed up with the Merlin MS Centre, which supports people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and other neurological conditions, for its "A Time to Thank … a Place to Remember" celebration.

A Time to Thank … a Place to Remember encourages people who wish to thank or remember a special person in their lives to get on board with the celebration.

All readers have to do is fill out the form and make a donation of your choice.

Sarah Snell, community fundraising manager for the charity, said: "Christmas is often a time to reflect on people in our lives who are special to us.

"This will be an opportunity to dedicate a message to your special person – a loved one, a family member, a carer, a colleague.

"If you would like to make a donation in support of the Merlin MS Centre as part of this special event, we would be very grateful. All donations will go towards providing the therapies and support that we give to people with MS and other neurological conditions," she added.

Those who take time to thank do not have to be connected with the charity and in return they will be invited to join in the centre's Christmas celebration at Hewas Water, St Austell on Wednesday, December 19. The evening will include carols, readings and poetry. T

he messages will then be tied to a tree to be displayed in the grounds over the Christmas and new year period.

Cornwall has the highest incidence of MS in mainland Britain, with more than 1,000 people diagnosed in the county at present.

The Merlin Centre offers therapy, support and advice for people with the condition and for their carers and family members.

The charity receives no government funding and therefore relies on fundraising and grants to meet its annual running costs of £300,000.

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