Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Walking for MileS - Sunday 21st September 2014

Our annual Walking for MileS event will take place this year on Sunday 21st September starting from the River & Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames.

Walks include:

Marsh Lock Wheelchair Friendly 1.5 miles
Six Mile Stroll - You guessed it....6 miles!
The Half Marathon 13.1 miles approx.

Come and join us! Enter online here.

BMSTC 30th Anniversary, 20th August 2014!

BMSTC will be celebrating 30 years of service for the local MS community.  We will be hosting an celebratory afternoon tea on Wednesday 20th August from 1.00pm to 4.00pm.  There will be some special guests attending to help us mark the occasion.

Please RSVP asap to pippa@bmstc.org if you would like to attend as we are limited by the number of guests we can cater for.  Invitations are on a first come first served basis.  Please note the centre will be closed for therapies on this day.

If you would like to make a gift to BMSTC in recognition of our 30th anniversary, we have set up a Just Giving page here!

5 Countries in 5 Days by Bike!

Ethan and Hugh will by cycling 450km in 5 days accross 5 Countires raising money for BMSTC!  Best of luck boys from everyone at BMSTC!  If you would like to sponsor them, please visit their Just Giving page here!

Reading resurfacing work - You might want to check your journey to BMSTC

Source: Get Reading
A £1 million project to resurface main roads across Reading is set to begin next Monday.
Some 53,000 square metres is being renewed on 19 main roads this year.
The work has been timed to coincide as near as possible to the school summer holidays and the project is expected to last seven weeks, weather permitting.  Read more here

A very useful disability factsheet

Source Disability Rights:
This is an interactive factsheet designed to give you an idea of the help you can get. It includes links to information on benefits, tax credits, housing grants, independent living, education and other help, including help provided by your council/local authority. Select the situation which applies to you (you may fit into more than one situation). - See more here.

Experimental new personal health and social care budget planned in England

Source MS Trust:
 The Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) programme will create individualised budgets for people with long term conditions, who will be able to direct how and where the money is spent. Funding for the individualised budgets will come from NHS England, Clinical Commissioning Groups and local authorities. Access to GPs and hospital care would still be free at the point of use.  Read on.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Boars Bridge Festival raises a record £5,900!


A huge thank you to Lynne Whiteland and everyone involved in this years Boars Bridge Festival. 

Pip was delighted to attend the cheque presentation last week at the Windmill Acoustic Music Club to recieve a cheque for £5,900! Wow!!

Government in court over PIP changes

Source MS Society:

Court proceedings will begin in today to determine whether the Government’s decision to change the eligibility criteria for the disability benefit Personal Independence Payment (PIP) was unlawful.  Read on.

MS pill Tecfidera available on NHS in England and Wales

Source MS Society:

The new MS pill Tecfidera (also known as dimethyl fumarate) has received the final stamp of approval from NICE, and should now be freely available on the NHS in England and Wales to people with active relapsing remitting MS.  Read on.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Ms patient on round the world sail

Source BBC:

A multiple sclerosis patient from Hampshire has joined a round the world sailing challenge.

Dentist Phil Gowers will be on board the Oceans of Hope, a yacht crewed entirely by people living with MS.
The voyage started in Denmark and is due to arrive in Portsmouth on Thursday.  Watch here.

Endure 24 Thank You!

Photo: Thank you to our teams of runners and our volunteer marshalls who took on the wet and muddy conditions  for 24 hours this weekend to help at Endure24. You did a great job to raise money for the Centre. We love you all xxx

Thank you to our teams of runners and our volunteer marshalls who took on the wet and muddy conditions for 24 hours this weekend to help at Endure24.

You did a great job to raise money for the Centre. We love you all xxx

Disability Horizons

Disability Horizons magazine is the UK’s fastest growing disability lifestyle publication. Started by two disabled entrepreneurs in the summer of 2011, Disability Horizons now has a rapidly growing monthly web audience of 25,000 people. The magazine is unique in the disability sector for having content sourced entirely from its reader community.  For more click here.

BBC - new disabled talent wanted!

Source:  Disability Horizons
In our series of interviews with various disabled BBC employees across the business, we delve into what it’s really like working there. You can find the right job for you by visiting the BBC’s careers site, but read on to find out more about how they got into their role, what benefits come with working for the BBC, and how you could join them - click here!