Wednesday, 24 December 2008
Monday, 22 December 2008
You can find further details about it and buy one here-
Tuesday, 2 December 2008
They will be available at the Centre for three ten minute appointments between 1.30 and 2.00 pm on the following dates:
- Monday 19th January
- Tuesday 15th February
- Wednesday 18th March
- Thursday 16th April
Monday, 17 November 2008
We were delighted to welcome London Irish RFC who are supporting the Berkshire MS Therapy Centre as their chosen local charity for the 2008-9 season and officially launched the new partnership on Thursday 13th November. To celebrate the launch London Irish First team players Peter Hewat and Dan Murphy called into the Centre with the town's Mayor and Mayoress, Peter & Cynthia Baird to meet the members and look around the centre.
For full details see the London Irish website at:
Wednesday, 5 November 2008
Special Shopping Evening, Reading Town Centre, Monday 1st December
6 pm - 8 pm.
An evening of special offers, refreshments and entertainment.
Helping make Christmas shopping an easy experience for the elderly and disabled.
www.readubg.gov.uk 0118 939 0771
Monday, 27 October 2008
MS Therapy Centres will no longer need to pay the annual registration fee and complete the annual self-assessment or be subject to inspections. This will reduce the administrative and financial burden on the MS Therapy Centres who will conduct self-regulation through the National Association of MS Therapy Centres.
Therapy Centres have improved their services as a result of regulation by the Healthcare Commission, these standards of service will continue to be appropriately maintained and developed.
Thursday, 23 October 2008
October 23, 2008 01:57pm
Article from: Agence France-Presse
BRITISH researchers say they have found that a drug, originally developed to treat leukaemia, can halt and even reverse the debilitating effects of multiple sclerosis (MS).
See also: http://www.mssociety.org.uk/research/news_in_research/research_news/alemtuzumab.html
Tuesday, 21 October 2008
See www.outsideclinic.com for more details.
Tuesday, 14 October 2008
"The wind is whistling through my hair (OK, there’s a mild ruffling), and I haven’t yet crashed into anyone else with my random veering off to the right…What am I doing? Well, I’ve started riding a tricycle and triking my way around the cycle track at Palmer Park in East Reading.
It’s an ideal form of gentle exercise as you can go completely at your own pace, and if your balance is a bit off, like mine, the three wheels will keep you upright. It takes a little getting used to, and I wouldn’t advise trying to go round the banked course (!), but it gets you out in the fresh air and gives a real sense of achievement as you can build up the number of laps you do. I used to like walking, but since I can’t walk very far anymore, this is an ideal alternative.
On my first outing, just getting into the seat and sitting upright was a challenge, as I have rather weak core stability and my muscles were shaking uncontrollably, but as I relaxed and got my bearings, that improved. The next challenge was cycling in a straight line. I still veer off to the right at times (something to do with my coordination? Who knows?), but even that’s getting better with practice. The way I’m tackling it, is to do two or three laps, then rest, then start again until I feel I’ve had enough. I really enjoy it, and am hoping to build up the number of quarter of a mile laps I do each week.
The ‘Cycling for Health’ scheme is run by a partnership between Reading Borough Council and the CTC (the UK national cyclists’ organisation), and is supported by the Pathway Exercise Referral Scheme. In my case, my GP completed a Pathway Referral form for me and I took it along with me to my first session. The session is always supervised (I got lots of help the first time I went), and friendly assistance is always on hand from Helen Biggerstaff, CTC Community Cycling Development Officer, or Binders Roszcyk, a Pathway Exercise Referral Instructor.
There is currently a session at Palmer Park on Friday mornings from 10.30am to noon, but they are planning to introduce an additional session on Monday afternoons from 3pm. It costs £2.40 per session, though you are not expected to stay the whole time – you just do what you can. Both bicycles and tricycles can be borrowed when you get there.
To find out more, call Helen Biggerstaff at Reading Borough Council on 0118 901 5713.
Monday, 13 October 2008
15 November 2008, 1 - 3pm
Once again the Link Group is organising the annual Christmas Fayre and we are writing to you as members of the Centre to ask for your support with this event. The Link Group work hard during the year arranging various events to raise money for the Centre and would very much like more members to become involved.
Please support our efforts by donating any of the following:
A prize for the raffle or tombola. Any new, unused, items would be very welcome.
Soft Toys which can be used as prizes.
Toys for the Lucky Dip and presents from Santa.
Wine for prizes in the Wine Raffle
Cakes to serve with tea and coffee on the day and for people to buy and take home.
Bric-a-Brac Stall Items to sell
If you have none of the above, a £1 donation would be appreciated. Please give this to Tracy or Jackie and ask them to pass it on to a member of the Link Group.
There is a labelled plastic dustbin in the reception area at the Centre into which donated items can be placed. Wine should be given direct to Trish Wright or handed to Tracy or Jackie who will pass it on to her. Cakes should be brought along on the day, or a day or two before.
Other ways you can help
Are you or any of your family and friends available to help on the day? We need able-bodied people to help set up the tables, They would need to arrive at 9 am and help for a couple of hours . Also help is needed at the end of the day (dismantling tables and clearing up) from about 3pm to 5pm. If you or anyone you know could help with this (or in any other way)there will be a volunteers' form at the Centre for you to complete or please phone the Centre.
Please come along on the day with your friends and family. You will find lots of stalls with all sorts of things to buy and delicious cakes to eat in or take away. Tea, coffee and cold drinks will also be available. For the children there will be a lucky dip and, of course,Santa will be there too!
Secretary BMSTC Members' Link Group
Wednesday, 8 October 2008
On Sunday 5th October the Berkshire MS Therapy Centre held its annual Walking for MileS Event at Beale Park. There were three walks altogether, the first being a Half Marathon, the second was a seven mile walk along the Thames and around Basildon Park and the third was 1.5 miles inside Beale Park that was particularly suitable for the members of the centre who are confined to wheelchairs.
Despite the elements conspiring against the day with heavy rain starting the night before and continuing throughout the day, 200 turned up to do there bit for their local MS Therapy Centre. As the very damp entrants returned from their individual challenge they were met with smiling faces and goody bags given to them by Digger, the London Irish Mascot. The members of the Berkshire MS Therapy Centre are delighted to have been chosen as the club charity for London Irish this season and will be enjoying further visits from Digger as well as support from the club and their players.
The Centre relies entirely on donations and grants to exist and receives no help from the NHS or Central Government. If you would like to know more about the Centre or know someone who would benefit from the support they give, please call 0118 901 6000 or log onto www.bmstc.org
Thursday, 2 October 2008
We also welcomed members of our chosen local charity the Berkshire MS Therapy Centre onto the pitch for a photo with London Irish players Warren Fury and Tom Parker. The charity works hard to improve the quality of life of people affected by MS in Berkshire and provides beneficial therapies, information and practical support to people with MS, their families and carers. Throughout the year we will be supporting various events, the first being their 'Walking for MileS' which takes place at Beale Park on Sunday 5th October. For additional information about the charity please visit http://www.bmstc.org/
Tuesday, 30 September 2008
Beale Park is located at Lower Basildon, 6 miles from Reading on the A329 between Pangbourne and Streatley. Leave the M4 at J12 (Theale) and follow the brown tourist signs.
Monday, 22 September 2008
You do not need to be permanently or physically disabled to benefit from these rights. In fact, anyone who has difficulty moving around, for example, because of their disability or age, can receive help when they fly.
Friday, 19 September 2008
Wednesday, 17 September 2008
An advert by Richmond Pharmacology in Able Magazine Sep/Oct 2008 reads:
Do you suffer from Multiple Sclerosis? Are you interested in participating in a Clinical Trial?
The medicine being investigated can be taken by mouth and not intravenously. The treatment period will be 4 weeks.
To be eligible for the trial you need to be:
- Aged 18 - 65
- Diagnosed with MS with at least 1 relapse in the past 24 months.
- Able to walk about 20 meters without resting, but using assistance (sticks, crutches, braces) if necessary.
- Registered with a GP who will be informed of your participation.
In recognition of your participation in this study:
£2,000 payment for your time and travel.
- Further access, if appropriate, to this therapy once the trial has ended.
Interested in participating? Register online at http://www.trials4patients.co.uk/ or call free on 0800 085 6464 quoting Ref POP1.
Tuesday, 16 September 2008
I have been in post for 5 weeks. This time has been spent by gaining some understanding of Reading Borough Councils procedures, networking, developing relationships with key partners as well as developing an expertise in the field of MS which can be shared within my teams.
In October I will be attending a residential course that will further assist me with my work. In the near future it is anticipated that I will be able to respond to all new referrals for people with MS, and if appropriate I will work with existing clients and care managers to facilitate services.
If you would like to contact my my details are as follows: Email - email@example.com or telephone 0118 9312277. Meanwhile, if you need to make a referral you can do this via the website or by telephoning 0118 9390900 and ask for Response and Assessment for adults.
Very best wishes Shirley
Shirley Bampton Multiple Sclerosis Specialist Occupational Therapist, Reading Social Services, Whitley Office, 268 Northumberland Avenue, Whitley, Reading, Berks RG2 7PJ Tel 0118 9312277 Fax 0118 9310682 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, 8 September 2008
"I would be interested to talk to any patients with MS who find that they experience a change in their symptoms while they are breathing hyperbaric oxygen. For example, perhaps someone may find that they can see better or worse in the chamber, or that numbness or muscle strength may change, or fatigue, etc., etc. I am interested in knowing about all changes that might occur in any symptoms. If you can help, that would be great."
It is encouraging to see some interest for the use of hyperbaric oxygen treatment with MS. If you have any information that you would like to feed back, please contact Kenneth directly:
Prof. Kenneth J. Smith, PhD, Department of Neuroinflammation, The Institute of Neurology (Queen Square), University College London, 1 Wakefield Street, London, WC1N 1PJ, Tel: +44 (0) 20 7679 4013, Fax: +44 (0) 20 7278 6572E-Mail: email@example.com
Tuesday, 2 September 2008
We apologies for any disruption caused to physiotherapy sessions at the Centre. Please be assured that we are doing everything we can to rectify the problem. In the meantime thank you for your patience and understanding.
Wednesday, 6 August 2008
I am on my summer hols for the next couple of weeks camping around France, so look forward to adding some more news on my return towards the end of August. I also look forward to updating my blog photo to one which is relaxed and tanned rather than my rather pale and pensive look!
The Community Matters scheme will be available in the company's 190 stores. Each one will receive £1,000 a month, which can be distributed between three local projects. Employees at each branch will vote for which causes the money will go to each month - charities can contact their local stores to nominate themselves.Customers then choose which of the three monthly projects to support by depositing vouchers they receive at check-outs into a box for their favoured cause. The amount each cause receives will be directly proportional to the number of tokens in each box.
Tuesday, 5 August 2008
Places are limited, so if you are interested, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 0118 901 6000.
We are hoping if there is sufficient interest to set up a monthly Continence Clinic with Ceris here at the Centre. Let me know what you think by leaving a comment on this blog or email me. Thanks :0)
Are you feeling bored and/or isolated because so many doors have been closed to you?
Beyond the Garden Gate is an event that celebrates the things that people with disabilities can take part in. Our speakers will tell you what they have achieved and how they did it. Within the exhibition area, you will find information on a wide range of activities and hobbies. Lunch will be provided if you book your place at this event.
We hope that the day will inspire you to develop new interests and achieve new goals!Hayley Conference CentreAlexandra HouseWroughtonNear SwindonWiltshireSN4 0QJ(10 minutes from M4/Junction 15 - click for map)
Organised by the Thames Valley and Wilts, Hants & Islands Regions of the MS Society. More information: Rosemary Tocock0118 986 2591Bookings: Jenny Gee, 01980 862238, Email email@example.com
Wednesday, 30 July 2008
There will be another Half Marathon Challenge as well as the 7-8 mile walk and the Walk in the Park suitable for wheelchair users or people with pushchairs. This year we have added a new dimension to the event as the 7/8 miler will be going through Basildon Park, the National Trust estate where Pride and Prejudice was filmed 4 years ago.
The Half Marathon walk will also go through the main entrance onto a route that is yet to be planned. We are delighted that Sony has once again offered us a wonderful prize to give to the individual who raises the most sponsorship. This will be an SLR Digital Camera (Sony DSLR-A200). For further details and an entry form follow this link:
Download a leaflet.
Friday, 25 July 2008
So....you think you know about MS? Check out this link and test your knowledge at the BBC website http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/7507760.stm
There is more about multiple sclerosis and the apparent Scottish link in Elizabeth Quigley's television investigation "Scotland's Hidden Epidemic: The truth about MS", which will be broadcast on BBC One Scotland at 2245 BST on Wednesday 23rd July. Follow this link to BBC I-Player to watch this program available to view until Tuesday 29th July 2008. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00cp45s