December is once again upon us and whilst Boro fans are currently daring to dream of playing in the top flight; MSS are proud to announce that they will be once again be teaming up with the very special Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice in Middlesbrough to assist them with their annual Christmas appeal.
Zoe's Place is a home from home for babies and children up to five years old who have life limiting and life threatening conditions. The hospice offers palliative and specialist respite care as well as end of life care for babies and children. Despite all of the amazing work, Zoe’s Place receives very little government funding and relies on the generosity of the public to help them raise the £1m they need to help families every year.
This will be the fourth consecutive year that MSS have run the appeal with close to 350 gifts having been donated since the partnership began. The annual appeals are run by Zoe’s Place to help provide a special day for the many children and their families who use the Hospice. Donations of sensory toys, unwanted gifts and vouchers are always welcome for the children and their families and we have worked with the staff to put together an Amazon Wishlist containing a mixture of specialist gifts and toys.
Gifts start from just £1 and we’ve made it even easier to support by creating an Amazon Wishlist meaning you can help with just a few clicks:
- Simply click the following LINK
- Select a gift from the list and select "MSS Christmas Appeal, C/O Sue Fox, Normanby, Middlesbrough" when choosing a delivery address
- Once the item is paid for it will be directly sent to Zoe’s Place in time for Santa to deliver presents to the children.
The appeal has gained real momentum in the past couple of years and a repeat of last year’s 150 donations would take our running total to over 500 gifts!
Zoe’s Place corporate fundraiser Sue Fox said:
“It’s really touching that Teessiders never forget their roots and, regardless of the fact that they are hundreds of miles away, they have taken Zoe’s Place and this appeal to their hearts. This means we can make sure every child has something special to open from Santa, and still utilise crucial donated funds to keep the doors of the hospice open.”
As well as donating a gift you can really help by raising awareness of the appeal. Please forward this article to all of your friends and family or share it on Facebook and Twitter - using the hash tag #MSSzoesplace
Click HERE to contribute to the appeal
Monday, 08 December 2014 20:29 | Written by James Nugent |
Boro’s clash with Derby this weekend (Sat 13th Dec) is to be televised on Sky Sports with a 12:15pm KO. MSS invites all London-based Boro fans to join us at the Roxy Bar and Screen on Borough High Street to watch the game on their giant cinema screen.
At Friday's Christmas party, Aitor dubbed Derby as the strongest team in the league so this will be a tough test. Steve McLaren's sides are well-drilled and we'll need to be at our best to get a result.
Let's shout Boro to the top. We continue to need a good turn-out at the Roxy to allow us to use it despite competition from other, larger televised games. Get yourself to BOROugh High Street, see some old friends, show off your Christmas party photos and get down to the serious business of cheering the Boro to victory.
Thursday, 04 December 2014 21:15 | Written by James Nugent |
Boro fans heading to Millwall are invited to join MSS at "The Barrowboy and Banker" near London Bridge. We've booked the pub for Boro fans after a number of pubs in the area (e.g. the George, the Sheaf) now refuse to take large groups of football fans.
The Barrowboy is a large pub with the lunchtime kick-off shown on a giant projector screen. Real Ale and food is available. The New Den can be reached via short train journey from the nearby London Bridge station to South Bermondsey (Zone 2).
Although there is rarely any bother at Millwall nowadays, it's advisable not to wear colours to allow you entry into local pubs without any hassle.
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 11:14 | Written by James Nugent |
MSS are hosting their annual Christmas raffle at their Christmas party this Friday. As an organisation that is free to join and has a number of operating expenses, our Christmas raffle is one of our few opportunities to raise funds for the club. Even if you can't attend the party, all Boro fans can enter the raffle and have the chance to win one of our fantastic prizes. Our thanks go to our generous members and contacts who have kindly donated the following prizes:
Online entry has now closed.
Sunday, 30 November 2014 11:35 | Written by James Nugent & James Howell |
Long-term member Roy Chatto, founders Eric & Gill Wilson, website editor James Howell, current Chairman James Nugent, former Chairman Geoff Vickers
On this day in 1974, a handful of Boro fans, having seen a 1-inch-square advertisement on the racing page of the Evening Gazette, gathered on the infamous steps of Highbury to form "Middlesbrough Supporters Club - London Branch". 40 years later, the rebranded "Middlesbrough Supporters South" now has over a thousand members, three active sports teams and continue to head to games in their hundreds by train, bus and boat!.
To commemorate the 40th anniversary, we recently hosted an interview with the founding members, chairmen of the committee from through the years and long-term members. The result makes fascinating listening with tales of how the supporters club shared news and match reports to exiled members in the pre-internet days, how the supporters club was banned from the club after a run-in with Charlie Amer and how MSS member Henry Moskowitz invested in the club in it's hour of need in 1986 and joined the Steve Gibson-led consortium to rescue the club.
Tales of the infamous MSS Christmas parties are regaled with details of how Wilf Mannion was cheered to the rafters and a media scrum following the appointment of Terry Venables. The first part of the interview can be listened to below. Enjoy:
You can find a copy of the newsletter mentioned in the interview here.
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 15:47 | Written by James Nugent |
MSS invites all Boro fans to join them at their annual Christmas Party to be hosted on Friday 5th December at 7pm at the Three Lords Pub near Tower Hill.
Only 100 tickets are available so buy soon using the form below and RSVP on Facebook here.