Thursday, 22 March 2012

Please sponsor our Tracy!

Raring to go!
Our Tracy will be running her first half marathon in just over a week!  She is raising funds for BMSTC! 

This will be a fantastic achievement and she has been training really hard!  If you would like to sponsor her then please visit her JustGiving Page here!

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

BMSTC Pamper Evening Success!

BMSTC Pamper Evening Raises £1,046!

Thank you to everyone who attended or helped at our Pamper Evening last night! It was a great success and very well attended raising a grand total of £1,046.75p!! Thank you to everyone involved and in particular a very big THANK YOU to Kirsten who organised such a great event! :0)

Calling all helpers!

We are short of a few marshalls for the Reading Half Marathon on Sunday 1st April. If you are able to volunteer a few hours to help please email or call Jackie on 0118 901 6000 Thanks very much :0)

Charity Zumbathon!

Charity Zumbathon raising money for BMSTC and the Retired Greyhound Trust! 27th April 19.30 - 23.00! You can register at the link below or for more information please contact organiser Paula Robinson

For more information on Zumba click here!

Register here!

The Runners!

Liz Ganpatsingh will be running the London Marathon for the Centre on April 22nd and her four children wanted to help us too! Watch out for her two boys running the Green Park Challenge on April 1st, the day of the Reading Half Marathon, while Liz and her very cute little girls collect donations for the Centre :)

New multiple sclerosis pill is 'fantastic'

Source BBC:

The world's first pill for multiple sclerosis has been approved for use on the NHS by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.   To wach interview click here.

NHS Reforms

Source The Guardian:
The health and social care bill represents the biggest reorganisation of the NHS in England since it was created in 1948. Some argue the reforms are much needed. Critics say they will be a disaster. Here a hundred people who work in or with the NHS tell the Guardian what the changes mean for them.

Click on the faces for the comments here.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

NICE consults on incontinence in neurological disease

Source MS Trust: A clinical practice guideline on incontinence in neurological disease is being developed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence for use in the NHS in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The guidance covers a number of areas, including: treatment to improve bladder storage and emptying, prevention of urinary tract infections, information, support and access to services.  For more click here.

MS Life event accessible to all thanks to the MS Society

Source MS Society:

As the cost of every day living continues to rise, household budgets remain tight with many of us feeling the pinch more so now than ever.

With this in mind, the MS Society is offering grants of up to £150 to help people with MS and their carers from across the UK with the travel and accommodation costs associated with attending MS Life 2012, the lifestyle event for people affected with multiple sclerosis (MS), held on the 14th and 15th April in Manchester.

Given that people living with MS often struggle with mobility and fatigue, this extra money will help make their journey to MS Life more manageable as they can use it to pay for a taxi or a hotel room to stay over in Manchester. We do, however, urge people to apply sooner rather than later as the deadline for applications (30th March) is fast approaching. The fund is open to anyone in the UK affected by MS, with priority given to people with less than £16,000 in savings and those travelling the furthest.

We look forward to welcoming people to MS Life, which promises to showcase workshops and talks from world-leading experts and scientists and bring people affected by MS - whether personally or professionally - together.

Should you wish to apply for the grant, please call 020 8438 0700 or email

For more details about MS Life click here
Christopher Bray

MS Society

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

The fashion label for people, not disabilities

Source The Telegraph:
An inspirational woman designs glamorous clothes for people who happen to be disabled. 

"Sometimes life can seem relentlessly bleak. The economy, world conflict, having to wait at least six months before another series of Downton Abbey – there’s little to cheer us up. "  For more click here.

Social care campaign lobbies Parliament

Source MS Trust:
People using social care service stress the need for reform over the lack of support for independent living
Many disabled people, including people with multiple sclerosis, lack the essential support to live independently and depend on the support and care of family or care services.  For more click here.

Slough MS Physiotherapy service launched

Physio sessions at Upton Hospital in Slough started on Saturday 3rd March! The service is being run by the Maidenhead and Slough MS Society. BMSTC has been involved with the planning group and had made a grant towards this vital new service.

For more information please call Jan Bloomer on 01753 852 083 .

Friday, 9 March 2012

Let’s Talk Health Question Time at the Civic Centre on 21 March, 2012 from 3pm to 7pm.

The results of the Council’s Let’s Talk Health consultation, including responses to our questionnaire and issues raised, will be presented at a special Let’s Talk Health Question Time at the Civic Centre on 21 March, 2012 from 3pm to 7pm.

A panel of senior figures representing the Council and health services across Reading will be on hand to hear and discuss the results and to respond to public questions. If you have a particular public health issue you would like to raise, this is your opportunity to do so.

You can attend all of the meeting or drop in at a time that suits you. If you would like to get involved, please register to attend or submit a question online at, or by telephone on 0118 937 2098.

Reading Borough Council will be taking on a new and very important responsibility for public health in Reading, working alongside GPs and other health professionals who will be making decisions on healthcare if and when the Health and Social Care Bill is passed by Parliament.

Understanding the views and concerns that you and other local residents have about our health services is vital for this future work, particularly now. Please join us if you can.

Yours sincerely,

Councillor Chris Maskell                          Councillor Bet Tickner
Chair of External Overview                    Lead Councillor for Health
and Scrutiny Commission

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Tracy Watkins is running the Reading Half Marathon!

Our Tracy is running this years Reading Half Marathon for BMSTC!! This is the first half marathon that Tracy will complete on the 1st April. She's been training really hard for this event. If you would like to show your support and sponsor her, please see her Just Giving Page here!

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Thousands lobby to End the Care Crisis

Source MS Society:
Thousands of elderly and disabled people, including many people affected by multiple sclerosis, will today descend on Westminster to meet their MP and encourage them to improve the social care system.  For more click here.

MS Information Day - 30th March is now fully booked!

We are delighted to say that we have 150 people who have registered to attend the MS Information Day on the 30th March 2012 at the Hilton Hotel.

We will be videoing some of the presentations and making these available for people to view on line after the event.  We will post derails about the videos on the blog when they become available.

We hope if the day is successful that we will repeat another day at a future date.

Message from Rosemary Tocock re Lambing Weekends.

"You have heard I am sure the news re the virus etc. affecting new-born cattle and lambs. I wanted to reassure people that there have been no cases at the farm and it is perfectly safe. The Lambing weekends will go ahead as planned, so do come along and enjoy."  For more information please see their website here.

Welfare reform: changeover problems

Source MS Trust:
The Welfare Reform Bill was passed in the House of Lords by one vote on 1 March 2012. The stated aim of the Welfare Reform Bill is to simplify the benefits maze and to reduce the number of people in the UK dependent on welfare.
Controversial from the outset, there have been concerns that it particularly adversely affects disabled people.   For more click here. 

Your experiences and opinions will shape our work for Carers Week 2012, being held this year from 18-24 June.

Carers save the Government £119 billion a year, yet receive little support themselves.

Fill in the Carers Week survey and help Carers UK get an accurate picture of caring in Britain, so they can tell the government how much of an impact cuts are having on carers.  For more click here.

Pre-book therapies for the Pamper Evening on the 20th March!

Some therapies can be prebooked for the earlier part of the evening. The first treatments will be at 630pm.

The majority of treatments will be £10.00 but £15.00 for tarot and manicure. I can have 2 Tarot card readers if there is enough interest. See our events page here for further details or email me