Friday, 29 November 2013

MS Nurse Clinic at BMSTC - Tuesday 17th December

Sue Duplock, MS Specialist Nurse has appointments available on Tuesday the 17th Decmeber at BMSTC.  Times available:
  • 1.50
  • 2.10
  • 2.30
  • 2.50
Call 0118 901 6000 if you would like to make an appointment.

Researchers discovers small DNA differences in people with MS

Source MS Society:
This week, researchers in New York have published the results of a project studying small structural DNA changes (termed ‘modifications’) in the brains of people with MS.  Read more here.

Special Shopping event Monday 2nd December in Reading

Source Reading Borough Council:
Next Monday is Special Shopping Evening, the evening aims to help make shopping an easy and enjoyable experience for elderly and disabled people.  Find out more here!

Jack Osbourne proud to come third!

Source Daily Mail:
'I thought I'd be out in week five': Jack Osbourne is proud to come third place in DWTS after battling multiple sclerosis as he embraces tearful mother Sharon. Read more here.

MS Smart - pioneering clinical trial for secondary progressive MS

MS Society: "MS-SMART is a groundbreaking clinical trial for secondary progressive MS. It will test three drugs at once – a first in MS research.

In our film, project leader Dr Jeremy Chataway explains how this trial "breaks the mould" in terms of speed and efficiency. Watch it here!

MS Trust launches two new publications

Source MS Trust:

The MS Trust is delighted to launch two new books that aim to give people an insight into why bladder and bowel problems can be part of MS, and provide a practical approach to successfully managing these in partnership with health professionals.  For more click here!

Crabtree & Evelyn Pamper evening!

Thanks to Crabtree and Evelyn who held a pamper evening in October for BMSTC which raised £300.35p! Thank you to everyone who came along to support the event. :0)

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Christmas Fayre Success!

Congratulations to our Link Group and thank you to everyone involved in our Christmas Fayre on Saturday. A fantastic event which was very well attended, huge thanks go to Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee for making it extra special. The grand total raised is £1,700! A fantastic Christmas pressie for BMSTC! Thank you everone!:0)

BMSTC Membership

Is your BMSTC membership up to date?  Great value for £24.00 per year or just £2 per month!   Regular news via the Blog, Facebook, Twitter and our great quarterly newsletter, voting rights at the AGM and discount with our friends at Sun Mobility!

The easiest way, if you haven't done so already, is to set up a monthly or annual standing order.  You can do this yourself if you use online banking or we can send you a mandate to complete.  Call Pip n 0118 901 6000 or email for more information.   Alternatively post us a cheque or visit our lovely receptionists to make your membership payment at the desk.

Many thanks for your ongoing support to help us keep you informed on regular MS news and views!

Pip :0)

BMSTC Garden Project

Some of you may be wondering why a digger and a skip have arrived in the garden at the rear of the gym. I have been heading up a project to revitalise the area. We have had a design done professionally, and we have a team of landscape gardeners who will terrace the area, add a raised bed for members which is scented and tactile. There will be a waterfall going down into the ex...isting pond. We are aiming to make this area tranquil. There is nothing like running water to soothe the senses.

David and I are doing the planting plan, and we would like any suggestions by members for particular plants which have a particular meaning for them, and we will do our best to incorporate these into the garden.

 Angela Robson

Jack Osbourne makes an appeal on behalf of the MS Society

Photo: We're extremely excited that Jack Osbourne will present a BBC TV appeal for the MS Society this Sunday. This will be the first time he's spoken about living with MS on UK TV.

Tune in to BBC1 at 5.05pm on Sunday to hear his story, and ask your friends and family to do the same!

A big thank you to Jack and the BBC for giving us this amazing, free opportunity to raise money and awareness.
Source BBC:

Jack Osbourne presents an appeal on behalf of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the leading UK charity providing vital support for the thousands of people living with MS.

Carer Rights Events

Photo: Carers Rights 2013 - Information events for unpaid carers in Reading

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

BMSTC Christmas Fayre This Saturday! - 16th November officially being opened by Patron Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee

Come along for some Christmas magic at the BMSTC Christmas Fayre and meet our patron Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee! 

16th November 1.00pm to 3.30pm here at the Berkshire MS Therapy Centre!

  • Father Christmas
  • Seasonal Gifts
  • Homemade Cakes
  • Refreshemnts
  • Tombola
  • Raffle
  • And Much More!
  • Admission only .50p!

  • Wednesday, 6 November 2013

    MS Nurse Clinic at BMSTC this Friday, 8th November

    MS Nurse clinic at BMSTC this Friday 8th November, appointments available 9.30, 9.50 or 10.10am - call 0118 901 6000 to book!

    Disabled people win living fund case against government

    Source BBC:
    Five disabled people have succeeded in a legal challenge to the government's decision to abolish the Independent Living Fund.

    The £320m ILF currently provides support enabling nearly 19,000 severely disabled people in the UK to live independent lives in the community.  Read more here.

    NHS "Call to Action" Reading, Newbury and Wokingham events. Meet GPs from yoru Clinical Commissioning Group

    Photo: NHS "Call to Action" Reading, Newbury and Wokingham events.  Meet GPs from yoru CLinical Commissioning Group, representatives of other NHS services and your local council to discuss plans for the next five years.

    MS Trust to jointly host Europe's biggest rehabilitation in MS conference

    Source MS Trust:

    We are pleased to announce that Europe's biggest conference on rehabilitation in MS will come to the UK next June, jointly hosted by the MS Trust and the UCLH MS Team at Queen Square.  Read on here.

    Healthwatch West Berkshire

    Welcome to YOUR Healthwatch West Berkshire, we are working with local people and community groups to influence and shape future Health and Social Care. Healthwatch West Berkshire is the new consumer champion for those who use health and social care services, we are out in the community gathering your views. We are using your input and views to give a stronger voice to communities, taking your views to those who commission services.  More here!

    Market Research - £80 for you and £20 for BMSTC as a referal fee!

    Dear MS Patients,

    We are currently looking for Patients to take part in a face to face paid market research on the topic of multiple sclerosis. This research is for individuals that have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis to participate in a test of medical software used for the care, treatment and management of Multiple Sclerosis. The purpose of the test is to determine how easy or difficult MS patients feel the product is to use.

    Location: London (Central London)
    Dates available: Any day from Friday 22nd Nov to Friday 6th Dec 2013
    Times available:  Any time from 8am till 8pm
    Duration: 60 minutes
    Incentive: £80 cash on the day

    If you are available to take part please respond back by email to with the following details and someone will get in touch to book you in.

    Contact telephone number:

    (Please let them know that you found this information out from the Berkshire MS Therapy Centre so we receive the referral fee of £20!)

    Please be assured that this research does not involve sales of any kind; this research firm is interested only in their understanding and use of the software product.
    Note:  Please note that this is purely for market research purposes and it is your anonymous opinion that we are looking for, you will not be given any medical drugs or be prescribed on any test treatment. 

    Kind Regards,
    Maya Mahendram

    Project Coordinator 

    T: (+44) 01707 358758 

    Field Scope International 

    MS Trust working to safeguard MS nurses' posts

    Source MS Trust:
    Over the past few months, the MS Trust has been approached by a number of MS specialist nurses whose services are under threat.

    The threats range from downgrading of their posts, cuts to the number of nurses in the team or withdrawing funding for the service. In the drive to cut costs, the competence and experience of specialist nurses and the difference they make to people with MS needs to be proved to NHS managers and commissioners of services.  Read more here!

    Aerobic exercise boosts memory in patients with MS

    Source Times of India:
    A new study has provided evidence for beneficial effects of aerobic exercise on brain and memory in people afflicted with multiple sclerosis (MS).  Read more here.

    Crazy Christmas Cracker Run!

    Photo: Our good friend, Chris Sumner, who organised the Reading Half Marathon for 11 years has just nominated the Berkshire MS Therapy Centre for donations from runners  this new run. How good is that :)

    Our good friend, Chris Sumner, who organised the Reading Half Marathon for 11 years has just nominated the Berkshire MS Therapy Centre for donations from runners this new run. How good is that

    Calling all Cyclists! - Prudential Ride London 2014!

    CALLING ALL CYCLISTS. We have a few places in next year's Prudential RideLondon event. If you know anyone who would like to take part and represent the MS Centre, please contact Jackie now for more details 0118 901 6000 or email

    For more information about the event visit their website