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JK Rowling makes £10m multiple sclerosis donation

JK Rowling makes £10m multiple sclerosis donation
1st September 2010

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has made a sizeable contribution towards research into multiple sclerosis.

The writer has donated £10 million to the University of Edinburgh, in order to allow the institution to open a world-leading centre for research into the condition.

It will carry the name of Anne Rowling, the author's mother who died with multiple sclerosis at the same age that her daughter is now - 45.

Ms Rowling said that she knew her mother would much rather have her name lent to something like this rather than a plaque or statue.

She added: "So this donation is on her behalf and in gratitude for everything she gave me in her far-too-short life.

"I truly believe that it is set to become a world centre for excellence in the field of regenerative neurology."

Around 100,000 people in the UK live with multiple sclerosis, according to figures from the MS Society.

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