Wednesday, 27 April 2011

A record £3,735 collected for BMSTC at the Madejski Stadium on Easter Monday

Supporters of both Reading and Sheffield United donated a record £3,735 for BMSTC aat the game on Easter Monday. The collection was at the request of Chris Armstrong who served both clubs with distinction.

BMSTC would like to thank Chris, Sir John, our volunteer collectors and all of the fans who generously donated.  For more click here. (Also see bottom left on the Reading FC page for related articles).

BMSTC on Facebook

Join BMSTC on Facebook!  If you have a Facebook profile then follow the link below to go to our page and click like! 

If you would like training on Facebook or help with setting up a profile then please email

BMSTC now accepting debit and credit card payments

BMSTC now can accept major debit and credit cards for donations and purchases for transactions of £10 or more. 

Please ask reception for details :0)

Heartbreak of Susan's MS drug plea (Sativex)

Source The Ripley & Heanor News:
A SOUTH WINGFIELD woman who suffers from multiple sclerosis (MS) has made an impassioned plea for access to a drug which could relieve her suffering.  Read full article here.

Reading Football Club Collection at the Madejski Stadium.

Thank you to all of our collectors who helped out at the Madejski Stadium on Monday - we'll let you know how much was raised when we've counted all the money but it is looking very good! Thank you to Chris Armstrong for his support to BMSTC. :0)

Read the Reading Chronicle "Hunt urges fans to pay tribute to Armstrong" article here

Department of Health grant to improve neurology services

Source: The MS Society:
The MS Society, Parkinson’s UK and the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association have been jointly awarded £340,000 from the Department of Health in a fantastic opportunity to influence and improve neurology services in England.  For more click here.

Call for more research to make MS 'wonder drug' (LDN) available for all

Source: This is Nottingham:
THE founder of a children's charity is taking on a new challenge to get an MS 'wonder drug' available for sufferers.

Barbara White, whose charity When You Wish Upon a Star has granted wishes for thousands of children in Notts, has had multiple sclerosis for more the 20 years. To read more click here.

Do you know anyone interested in running the 2012 London Marathon?

If you, or anyone you know, would like to run on behalf of BMSTC we have some Gold Bond Places available! If you are interested please email :0)

Sunlight, virus and risk of MS

Source The MS Trust:

The combination of a common virus and exposure to low levels of sunlight may increase the risk of MS according to new research.

Researchers at the University of Oxford studied hospital admissions in England in the seven years up to 2005 for people with MS and also people who had had glandular fever, which is caused by the Epstein Barr virus (EBV). They compared this with data on sunlight in the same period.  To read more click here.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Pill for MS patients made available

Source:  BBC
The NHS advisory body NICE is considering whether to make first pill that could help relieve the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, freely available to patients in England.  To watch click here.

Spot our London Marathon Runner!

Source BBC iPlayer.

Scroll to 2 hours and 32 minutes:

The man who secretly (and legally) grows 20 tonnes of cannabis a year

Source: The Guardian
 Justin Gover, boss of GW Pharmaceuticals, explains how a drug called Sativex can ease the pain of multiple sclerosis sufferers – if the NHS can afford to buy it.  Read more here.

Friday, 15 April 2011

Please sponsor Justin Watkins (Our Tracy's Brother-in-Law!)

Justin Watkins (Our Tracy's Brother in Law!) is running in the London Marathon this weekend! If you would like to sponsor him please see his fundraising page

Good luck to Justin and all of our London Marathon Runnners from everyone at BMSTC! :0)x

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Woodlands Respite Care Centre may transfer to new provider

Source The MS Society:
 The MS Society has signed an initial agreement with a prospective new provider for Woodlands Respite Care Centre, in York. The provider has committed to offering high quality care for people with MS and other neurological conditions and to providing opportunities for staff development and retention.  Read more here.

Specialist nursing cuts may force patients into hospital, says RCN

Source The Guardian:
Patients risk being forced into hospital because of cuts to specialist nursing that helps them stay at home, according to the Royal College of Nursing.

One-to-one care for people with conditions such as cancer, diabetes and multiple sclerosis is being hit because nurses are forced to cover for staff shortages elsewhere, including on general wards, the RCN said.  Read article here.

The Pyrates are coming.....!

To Boars Bridge Festvial 18th & 19th June!!

The Boars Bridge Festival organisers are delighted to welcome the rowdy bunch of "Pyrates" to join the line up on Sunday 19th June 2011! Ahaarrrr!  Find out more about the Pyrates here!

For more information about the event on the 18th and 19th June please see the official website here!

Lansley sorry as nurses pass 'no confidence' vote

Source The BBC:
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has said he is "sorry" for failing to communicate his plans for the NHS in England.  Read full article here.

Two multiple sclerosis drugs may add to arsenal against disease -- eventually

Source LA Times:

In the world of “promising” multiple sclerosis drugs, it’s been quite a week. Two more experimental drugs -- both in pill form, not injected -- are joining the race of new treatments to slow the disease.   Read article here.

BBC - BBC Radio Scotland Programmes - After Dolly: The Stem Cell Revolution

Source The BBC:
15 years ago Dolly the sheep brought world attention to Scotland. Since then the research has contined, and Dolly's creators are working not with clones, but stem cells, in an area that holds great promise for radical new treatments in a raft of medical areas.

15 years ago multiple sclerosis and motor neurone disease patients were waiting desperately for treatments. Today they still are.

Edi Stark discovers what stage this stem cell work is at in Scottish laboratories, and learns how some despairing patients of neurodegenerative conditions can be exploited by clinics purporting to offer stem cell cures. Listen here.


Monday, 4 April 2011

Thank you!

We would like to say a very big "THANK YOU" to Rosemary Allen for raising £667.90 from her "Tea Party" last week!  That really is a huge amount of money to raise for us, we're really grateful for your support! :0)x

2010 BMSTC Report and Accounts now available

The 2010 BMSTC report and accounts are now available to download from our website.

There are two documents that you can download, our popular report which is a summary of our activity or if you wish you can download a copy of our full accounts.

To visit the website please click here!

Incapacity benefit crackdown begins after pilot scheme

Source The BBC:
The one-and-a-half million people who claim incapacity benefit will start to receive letters this week asking them to be tested on their ability to work.  For more click here.

Friday, 1 April 2011

Interested in working at BMSTC?

Interested in working at BMSTC? We have a position available for a Fundraising and Admin Support Worker for Monday and Friday each week. If you are interested please submit your application to before the closing date of the 12th April 2011 :0) 

For an application form and job description please see our website here! - For young people affected by MS is a community for young people affected by Multiple Sclerosis. Users can share, support and interact with each other throughout the site. Register now to create a profile, plot yourself on the map and start adding your voice to the community.  For more click here.

Disabled fear 'pencil test' to claim benefits

Source The Independent:
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Disabled people are "living in fear" as they await new tests to determine whether they are fit enough to work, a charity says.  Read more here.