Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Summer Fayre - Saturday 30th May 2015

Come and join us this Saturday for the  BMSTC Summer Fayre!

Officially opened by Sangeeta Bhabra from ITV Meridian News at 1.00pm.

Plants, crafts, gifts, jewellery, preserves, homemade cakes, raffle, refreshements and much more!!

Admission only .50p!!

We are always on the lookout for helpers on the day, in particular packing up at the end of the day.  Please do get in touch with Glynis at if you can volunteer to help.  Many thanks in advance.

Come and celebrate the official opening of the newly refurbished BMSTC!

Come and help celebrate our newly refurbished Centre at our AGM on Thursday 4th June from 3.00pm to 4.30pm.

We will be serving drinks and canap├ęs after the meeting.  

Meet the Trustees, the refubishment project team and catch up with other members, volunteers and staff.

Please rsvp to if you would like to attend.  All welcome!

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Nordic Walking 2015

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It is that time of year again…..


Join us for Nordic Walking in Prospect Park Wednesdays 13.45 starting 3rd of June.

Sign up with Henriette on 0118 901 6000 or by e-mail

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Carers Week 2015 Event: Building a Carer Friendly Community in Reading Wednesday 10th June 2015

Source Reading Borough Council:

Come and join us on Wednesday 10th June to celebrate the work carers do and explore what each of us can do to support them. 


Carers Week 2015 Event: Building a Carer Friendly Community in Reading

Wednesday 10th June 2015

1 – 3.30 pm

Council Chamber, Civic Offices, Bridge Street, RG1 2LU


The programme will be informative and fun and will include:

·       Real life experiences from carers of all ages

·       A quiz with a prize for the winner(s)

·       Keynote presentations from Time Finders and the Department for Work and Pensions will highlight what support – emotional, financial, practical – carers can access

·       Opportunity for all to feedback and explore ways we can build a carer friendly community in Reading

·       Blood pressure checks courtesy of the Stroke Association Reading


Additional information about the support carers can access will be available from:

·       Berkshire Carers Service

·       Berkshire Phab

·       The Kiloran Trust

·       Reading Crossroads

·       The Stroke Association Reading

·       Carers UK


We look forward to seeing you on the day!  Feel free to share this information with anyone who might benefit from attending the event and would like to contribute ideas for a better carer focused community in Reading.  We attach a flyer with details of the event for your networks and contacts.


If you would like to attend the event or if you have any queries, please let us know on 0118 937 2383 or at


In addition, we attach information from Berkshire Carers Service with details of other events for carers in Berkshire during Carers Week.




Nina Crispin

Consultation & Engagement Officer

Service Development & Transformation Team

Adult Care and Health Services


Reading Borough Council

Level 2, Civic Offices,

Bridge Street, Reading, RG1 2LU


Monday, 11 May 2015

BMSTC will be CLOSED 13th, 14th & 15th May!

Remember remember the 13th, 14th & 15th May that the Centre will be completely closed whilst the flooring is replaced. Limited services will run on Tuesday 12th May and Monday the 18th May whilst we pack up and then reinstate the office and reception areas. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.....we're nearly there folks!

Exercise through gaming helps people with MS to improve balance

Source MS Trust:

Two studies have recently been published which use videogame technology or "exergaming" to improve balance in people with MS. One study used Nintendo Wii Fit and the other used an electronic sensor floor mat connected to a TV screen in a rhythm stepping video game. Impaired balance can be one of the most disabling aspects of MS and can increase the risk of falls.  Read on.

Royal Bank of Scotland selects BMSTC as their charity

The Reading branch of Royal Bank of Scotland has chosen the Berkshire Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre to fundraise for from now until September.

Thank you to everyone who used their marbles to vote for us. Next time you visit, why not enter the competition to "guess the weight of the cake made of sweets" which has been donated by Strange Sweets, located in the Harris Arcade.

We look forward to working with Natasha and team over the next few months.

Imaging can identify neurodegeneration earlier than previously thought

Source MS Research Australia:

An article published in the international journal Brain has shown evidence that damage in the spinal cord of people with primary progressive MS may occur earlier than previously thought.
Researchers from the Institute of Neurology at University College London have been using advanced imaging techniques, to identify signs of damage and neurodegeneration in the spinal cord of people with primary progressive MS.  Read on. 

Stepping exercise boosts balance and brain power for people with MS

Source MS Research Australia:

Researchers at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) have found a home-based stepping exercise, designed for people with MS, can improve not only balance but also thinking skills.

Just published in the MS Journal, conducted by Dr Phu Hoang and his colleagues and funded by MS Research Australia, this study showed promising results with a stepping exercise directly targeting critical balance issues that contribute to falls risk for people with MS.  Read on.

Go West for MS Success!

Congratulations to everyone who took part in Go West for MS who collectively cycled 235.7 miles on static bikes!  This would be the equivalent distance  of cycling to our friends at the Merlin Therapy Centre in Cornwall!

Many thanks to everyone who took part and to Sam and Henriette for organising this great event, we will know the total raised very soon, watch this space......!