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Last Updated: Thursday April 09 2009 16:10 GMT

JK Rowling quits Scottish charity

JK Rowling

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has stopped supporting a Scottish charity after a row over how it is run.

Rowling has been the patron of the MS Society Scotland for nearly 10 years, but now has decided to leave the post.

She will still donate money to scientists and try to help people with Multiple Sclerosis, but doesn't want to work with that charity any more.

It's been reported that the author fell out with the charity over problems between it and bosses in London.

The MS Society Scotland is part of the MS Society of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Rowling said: "I have not taken the decision to quit my position as patron of MSSS lightly."

She added that she had tried to help sort out the row between the Scottish Council and the management in London but wasn't able to do so.

"Sorry she is stepping down"

An MS Society spokesman said: "We are sorry she is stepping down and thank her for her good work, and for her continued support for the MS research centre in Edinburgh."

Rowling's mum died from Multiple Sclerosis at the age of 45 in 1991.