Monday, 23 December 2013

BMSTC Christmas Opening & Closing details

UPDATED!  As all of our oxygen therapy clients have cancelled or rescheduled from Tuesday morning,  the Centre will be closing at 11.00 a.m. after the morning circuit class has finished.  We re-open at 9.00 am on Thursday 2nd January 2014.  We have a limited oxygen therapy service available inbetween these dates.  Please call 0118 901 6000 for mor information.

Best wishes to everyone for a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful and healthy New Year!

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

BMSTC Christmas Party, 19th December!

The BMSTC Christmas party will be held in the gym on Thursday 19th December from 1pm - 3pm.   Light buffet provided and entertainment from the Clarinet Group from the Trinity Concert Band!  Everyone welcome, no need to RSVP but please do bring a bottle of your choice!

The Christmas Cracker Fun Run!

The Christmas Cracker Fun run in aid of BMSTC last Sunday at Beale Park! Hazel, one of our Physiotherapists, volunteered (!!) to dress up as the Christmas Pudding for the children to chase and try to catch in their 5k race!! Here she is running through the snow!!! Thanks to everyone who volunteered or took part in this festive event, particular thanks go to Hazel!! :0)


Food banks become lifeline for disabled people as benefit changes hit

Source MS Society:

The Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC), which is made up of 50 charities and other organisations such as the MS Society, Leonard Cheshire Disability and RNIB, is warning today that the situation will get even worse as the government implements more changes.  Read on.

Potential beta interferon side effect investigated

Source MHRA:
We are investigating a cluster of reports of thrombotic microangiopathy with recombinant interferon-beta, which is used in the treatment of multiple sclerosis.  Read on

Thousands missing out on social care

Source MS Society:

A report released today by the Care and Support Alliance, of which the MS Society is a member, has found half a million older and disabled people in England who would have received social care five years ago now receive no local supportRead on 

You could win up to £25K by supporting BMSTC in the Unity Lottery!!

We have had 32 Unity Lottery winners so far this year!
You could win up to £25k with Unity Lottery! £1 per ticket, and 50p goes to BMSTC or the charity of your choice!  For more click here!

Monday, 16 December 2013

Lost car keys!!

Robin Bootle lost his car ignition key and door key while at the Centre on Friday 6th December.
We have turned the building upside down trying to find them, but without success.

It's possible that someone has picked them up without realising and I would be grateful if  they could be returned to the Centre.

The keys are linked on the same ring. One is an ordinary Yale key, the other is a Fiat ignition key with a black plastic bit containing a remote control knob.

Friday, 13 December 2013

New Classes for people with MS in Wokingham!

As part of the Wokingham borough council’s long term condition activity programme, two new Pilates and Yoga classes are starting in the New Year, specifically for people with MS.  The classes will be led by a fully qualified instructor and are suitable for all abilities, consisting of exercises which can be done either seated or on the mat.
A weekly Pilates class will start on Wednesday 8th January from 3.30 – 4.30pm in the Live Well rehab gym, Loddon Valley Leisure Centre, Lower Earley.  This will be led by Anne Holland and exercises can be done seated or on the mat.

An 8 week course will start on Thursday 9th January from 12.15 – 1.15pm in the small hall at St Crispin’s Leisure Centre, Wokingham, led by Ros Drewett.   As with Pilates, the exercises can be done either seated or on the mat.

Tai Chi
In addition to Pilates and Yoga, there is a weekly Tai Chi class taking place every Wednesday from 1.30 – 2.30pm at the Live Well rehab gym, Loddon Valley Leisure Centre, Lower Earley.  This is open to anyone who has a long term condition and is taught by Tai Chi Instructor Brian Hill.  The class is beneficial for both mobility and relation and can be done either sitting or standing.  The last class before Christmas is on Wednesday 18th December, re-starting on Wednesday 4TH December 2014.

Spaces are limited so we recommend booking soon to secure your place.

Anyone wishing to book a place for the class can do so by emailing me  or contacting me on 07809 309582.

Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.

Amanda Speck
Physical Activity Co-ordinator - Long Term Conditions
Sport and LeisureTeam
Wokingham Borough Council

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

The Work Capability Assessment (WCA) isn’t working for people with MS – can you help us to change it?

Source MS Society:

Take action on ESA – write to your MP

MPs have the opportunity to sign an Early Day Motion (EDM) calling for the work capability assessment (WCA) to be improved for people with progressive illnesses, such as MS.

An EDM is sort of like a Westminster only petition. If a lot of MPs sign up, it will, help us raise the issue up the Westminster agenda.  Find out more here.

Reading Time Bank

Reading Timebank - Do you need anything doing? or do you have some time to spare? Join the Timebank!
Find out more here!

Winter Health

Source NHS:

Winter friends campaign supported by Joanna Lumley.   Read more information here.

Teva seeking deals to build drug portfolio

Source: haaretz

Israel's Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, the world's biggest producer of generic drugs, is looking to step up the pace of deal-making as it braces for a slump in sales of top-selling multiple sclerosis drug Copaxone.  Read on

Sporting dinner raises more than £3,000 for Berkshire MS Therapy Centre

Source Getreading:
Legendary sports commentator John Motson was the star attraction at a glittering sporting dinner last week.
Organised by the Reading FC Former Players Association (FPA), the special event was held in aid of the Berkshire MS Therapy Centre.
Royals legends Steve Coppell and Ady Williams were just two other of the star names which supported the evening at the pentahotel on Thursday night.  Read on.

The MS Trust is disappointed that NICE does not intend to recommend that alemtuzumab (Lemtrada)

Source MS Trust:
The MS Trust is disappointed that NICE does not intend to recommend that alemtuzumab (Lemtrada) be made available as a treatment on the NHS in England and Wales.

In the appraisal consultation document published on the NICE website today (5 December), the appraisal committee's preliminary recommendations state: Read on

Xmas is coming and Xp is going!

Xmas is Coming and Xp is going?

Windows XP

Microsoft will no longer be supporting Windows XP after April 8th 2014. You can continue to use Windows XP, but your computer might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. You may be able to upgrade your old PC to Windows 7 or 8 but it is quite a lot of work. To be fair Windows XP is now 12 years old, which is a long time for Microsoft to have supported a system.

A New PC

1. Assess your needs: Most people’s needs are simple i.e. email, internet, word processing and any new pc that you buy would be able to satisfy them. You need some advice if you want to store and edit lots of photos and videos or play games with 3D graphics.

2. The future of computing: Tablets and smartphones are now all touchscreen and the future for Windows based systems is touchscreen. This interface to Windows is completely different to the old Windows XP interface. You will have to learn something new but it won't be more demanding than learning how to use a tablet. And underneath, there will still be some familiar bits - like the word processing.

3. New Hardware: The traditional desktop with separate box and screen is obsolete and has been replaced by the all-in-one and other form factors. There is so much more choice now, in laptops, tablets which convert to laptops and all-in-ones of various screen sizes that I would suggest you go to a large retailer e.g. PC World (at Reading Gate Retail Park) or John Lewis and see which one you like. We have an all-in-one at the BMSTC café area running Windows 8, so you can try before you buy.

4. A Step too far?: If you find that you really can't cope with the new touchscreen interface, you can always install a little program that makes your Windows 8 PC looks like a Windows 7 PC (and not too different to the old XP interface) but still retains the benefits of Windows 8.

5. More help: I have bought 5 new Windows 8 based pcs in the last year (not all for me of course!). Feel free to call me if you wish to discuss any of the above. Dave Robson -  0118 9016000 or email

Thursday, 5 December 2013

The garden project is coming along nicely!

Photo: Work has started now on the mid-level of the garden. Railway sleepers are being used to construct a wodden wall. Unfortunately old sleepers are no longer available as they were treated with creosote, which is now thought to be carcinogenic.

TB vaccine 'could help prevent MS'

Source BBC:An anti-tuberculosis vaccine could prevent multiple sclerosis, early research suggests.

A small-scale study by researchers at the Sapienza University of Rome has raised hopes that the disease can be warded off when early symptoms appear.  Read on.