Monday, 26 January 2015

Introducing Joseph!

Photo: Introducing Joseph!  Hazel our physiotherapist gave birth this morning to Joseph who weighted in at just under 7lbs.  Congratulations! :0)

Hazel, our physiotherapist, gave birth to Joseph this morning, weighing in just under 7lbs!

Fantastic news!  Congratulations from everyone at BMSTC!

BMSTC Refurbishment update

Work is cracking on with our refurbishment!  Upstairs should be complete by the end of this week with carpets being laid as I type!

The decorators have started to move downstairs and are doing their very best to work around us so we can continue to operate.  The main physio gym ceiling was painted over the weekend, and physio rooms 1 & 2 will be stripped out this week including the WC in between them ready for decoration and first fix next week. 

The decorators will be working in the shop and dieticians room off reception this week and hope to start painting the gym and physio 1 & 2 over the next couple of weeks. 

Apologies for all of the disturbance, dust and noise!   We will keep you informed as work progresses, and will to our upmost do operate the best service we can whilst the work is undertaken.

Best wishes


Next PDSN Event: Disability Access & Parking in Reading

Date for your diary: 18 February 2015, 2 – 4 pm

Next PDSN Event: Disability Access & Parking in Reading

Blue badge users and people with disabilities are finding it increasing difficult to find suitable parking spaces in the town centre and to access facilities around the town.  This event is an opportunity to update people about what’s happening around parking and access in Reading and to hear their experiences and views on this topic.


• ShopMobility in the Oracle – services offered, including accessible toilets
• Access Guide & Information
• Blue Badge Parking in the town centre
• Interactive session: your experiences and views on Disability Access & Parking in Reading

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Bridge Street, RG1 2LU

Refreshments will be available.  We will book BSL Interpreters and a Hearing Loop system is set up in the room.

If you have any queries, please call 0118 937 2383 or e-mail:

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Our Tracy Watkins and husband Paul are embarking on a marathong challenge for BMSTC!

Tracy and Paul pictured with their puppy Monty who has already been helping out with collections for BMSTC!

Tracy will be running the Brighton Marathon on April 12th and Paul will be running the London Marathon on April 26th!

Please do show your support for the dynamic duo by sponsoring them here!

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Closing date for Reading Half Marathon announced

Source Reading Chronicle:
The closing date for the 2015 Reading Half Marathon will be the 26th January.  Read on

Note: BMSTC places have all be taken for the Reading Half but we do still have a place for the London Marathon.  Contact Jackie or Samantha on 0118 901 6000 for more information.

Monday, 19 January 2015

One of our members has and adapted car for sale:

Vauxhall Corsa Design Automatic
1.4cc 3 door hatch Silver/Grey
First registered 10/1/2005 Second (present) owner acquired the vehicle 4/2/2006
31990 miles
Car fitted with Guido Simplex Ring ...Accelerator, Cowal Push Brake and Flip Up Accelerator. This enables the car to be driven by either a disabled or able bodied driver.
Car has been regularly serviced. MOT until 10/01/2016.

Price £2000.

To view or for further details please ‘phone 01189 629715 (Wokingham).

Berkshire Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre's photo.

Postcode lottery for neurology services revealed in new report

Source MS Society:

A new report has found that 58 per cent of people with neurological conditions have experienced problems in accessing the services or treatment they need.

Informed by a survey of 7,000 people, a quarter of whom have MS, the report from the Neurological Alliance shows that the quality of neurology services varies significantly across the country. Read on.

MS patients are 'invisible' in most Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)

Source MS Trust:

The Invisible Patients, a new report published today by the Neurological Alliance has found that people with MS in England are unknown to their local Clinical Commissioning Groups. The Neurological Alliance sent Freedom of Information requests to all CCGs, to ascertain how aware they are of neurological conditions in their patch.  Read on

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Would you like to particpate in a research project?

MSc Physiotherapy Research Project: measurement of walking ability.

You are invited to take part in a research study which forms part of an MSc project in Physiotherapy. The study aims to investigate the relationship between the measures used to assess different aspects of a person’s walking ability. We want to see if the measures commonly used by Physiotherapists can predict how well a person with MS walks and participates within their home and social environment.

The study will involve 2 data collection sessions at the MS Therapy Centre, each lasting 20-40 minutes. The sessions will involve completion of 6 measures – 4 questionnaires, a 6 minute walk test and the wearing of a pedometer for the 7 day interval between sessions.

If you are able to walk independently (including with the use of any mobility aid) and are not currently experiencing an exacerbation of your MS you could be eligible to take part.

The study will benefit the MS community and provide information to enable therapists to use measures of walking ability more effectively in the future.

If you are interested in taking part please email Sarah and we will send you some more information about participating.

 Thank you for taking the time to read this and we hope to hear from you soon.

Sarah Peacock
(MSc Physiotherapy Student – Researcher)

Monday, 12 January 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone, we hope you had a fantastic Christmas time!

2015 will see a few changes at the Centre:

We welcomed Samantha who started with us in January, she will be taking over as Fundraiser from Jackie when she retires on the 3rd April.

We also welcomed Marnie and Harry who will be joining the physiotherapy team to help cover maternity leave by both Hazel and Ligia. 

The long awaited refurbishment has finally started, initially focusing on the upstairs areas before moving down into the main areas.   It will be exciting to see this work undertaken, although we will have to be prepared for some inconvenience whilst the main areas are worked on.  As mentioned before we will try to minimise the disruption but please be prepared for a little inconvenience during this time.  We hope (fingers crossed) that the work will be completed by the end of March or thereabouts.

Best wishes to you all for a very happy 2015!


The many and varied experiences of living with MS

Source MS Trust:

Amy Bowen, Director of Service Development at the MS Trust, considers whether one person can ever fully represent the variety of MS experiences.  Read on.

Reading Half Marathon Course Change 2015

Source Get Reading:

(NOTE - BMSTC still has a couple of free places, email or for more information.)

Runners signing up to take part in Reading Half Marathon this year will find themselves on a flatter and faster course.
The 13.1 mile course has been changed for 2015 and is expected to be tackled by more than 20,000 experienced runners and newcomers on Sunday, March 22.
Nick Pearson, race director, said: "We're very excited about the changes to the 2015 Vitality Reading Half Marathon – it's flat, it's fast and now allows the runners to take in the scenery of Green Park and momentous finish of the Madejski Stadium.  Read on.

The Care Act Reading - Have Your Say

Have your say by completing the survey: The Care Act updates over 60 years of law around adult social care in England. The changes affect how councils support people with care and support needs (whether they get support from the Council or not) and carers.  Closing date 16th February 2015 - for more click here.

Stem cell study: positive results for relapsing remitting MS

Source MS Society:

Treating people with relapsing remitting MS with stem cell transplantation therapy might help prevent relapses and prevent disability progression, according to a small clinical trial carried out in the US.  Read on.

One of our Members to STAR is The People's Strictly for Comic Relief

Trishna Bharadia, MS Society volunteer and blogger, MS Matters contributor, Asian MS committee member & BMSTC Member, has been picked from thousands of people to take part in the BBC’s first ever ‘People’s Strictly' for Comic Relief.

Trishna says, "Everything is so exciting and I keep expending so much energy just jumping up and down out of sheer delight at the prospect of it all! I love the show and was in complete shock when I found out that I was to actually be part of the Strictly experience!"

Read more here.