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Kit Harington and Rose Leslie on the SMS Battles red carpet

SMS Battles raises thousands of pounds for our Stop MS Appeal

Celebrities came together at the spectacular East Wintergarden in London on Thursday 12 May to raise vital funds for people living with MS.

So far, the event has raised an incredible £242,440 for our Stop MS Appeal, which aims to raise £100 million for MS research.

A host of stars

A number of stars attended the event, including Game of Thrones’ on and off-screen couple Kit Harington and Rose Leslie. They were joined by Fantastic Four actor Ioan Gruffudd and his partner, Australian actress, Bianca Wallace.

Other celebrities included actor David Morrissey, media medic Dr Ranj, Downton Abbey star Sophie McShera, former England rugby player Toby Flood, and our new MS Society Ambassador and comedian, Ivo Graham.

A table of guests at SMS Battles. Photo copyright Brendan Foster

Changing lives

The guests took part in a star-studded interactive quiz, hosted by BT Sport presenter Jake Humphrey. There was also a special silent auction which included a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend an evening having dinner with Kit Harington and Rose Leslie.

Bianca, who lives with MS and spoke at the event said: “I wasn’t sure when the moment would come for me to open up about my diagnosis. Like so many others I lived in fear of what would happen if people found out.

“I could have never predicted the overwhelming response that came with my post. Hearing how much I have already helped so many others on their own journey is why I will do whatever I can to support this cause. You never truly know how much you can help change lives until you do.”

A table of guests smiles at the camera at SMS Battles. Photo copyright Brendan Foster

One step closer to stopping MS

Our Chief Executive, Nick Moberly, said “We’re so grateful to each and every person who attended this evening’s SMS Battles, and to those who donated the amazing prizes for our silent auction. Their generous commitment of time and support means all the money raised will go towards helping us achieve our goal – to stop MS.

“More than 130,000 people live with MS in the UK, and to change the lives of people living with the condition today, we must invest in research now. Events, like tonight’s, help to bring us ever closer to a future where no one needs to worry about MS getting worse.”

Read more about our Stop MS Appeal