Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Can you help us with Reading Street Collection this Saturday?

Can you spare a couple of hours on Saturday 4th July? We are looking for volunteer collectors to help us at our Reading Broad Street collection between 9am and 5pm. Please call Tracy or Kirsten at the Centre on 0118 901 6000 or email tracy@bmstc.org or kirsten@bmstc.org if you can help. Many thanks.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Ella and Marnie took to the skies to support BMSTC

Is it a bird?....Is it a plane?   No it's Ella and Marnie from the BMSTC Physio team!  

Congratulations to Ella and Marnie who successfully completed their Skydives on behalf of BMSTC on Saturday.  It's not too late to show your support by sponsoring them here! We'll load more photos very soon so you can see them in action!

Government rush ahead to roll out troubled benefit scheme

Source MS Society:

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has quietly announced a new earlier start date for reassessment of disability living allowance (DLA) claimants as they continue to roll out the troubled personal independence payment (PIP).  Read on. 

Are you looking for a good book this summer?

Then look no further: the Royal Bank of Scotland (Station Road, Reading) are hosting a book sale in aid of the Berkshire MS Therapy Centre.

It includes a range of No 1 Bestsellers and even series like "The Hunger Games", "Lord of the Rings" and "50 Shades of Grey".

Don't forget to enter the prize draw for a complete set of Harry Potter books for just £1!

Would you be interested in joining our Link Group?

Our BMSTC Link Group who organise various fundraising events throughout the year are desperate for a couple of new committee members. Only 6 meetings per year! Please email pippa@bmstc.org if you are interested in finding out more.


We are thinking of running some of these courses at the Centre if there is enough interest. If you would like to find out more please email Holly info@eat-4-health.co.uk

"If you feel your weight is an issue and you are unsure what to do about it, the Eat 4 Health team offer a FREE 10-week weight management programme to support you in achieving your losing weight. The programmes are delivered in group settings and are open to anyone 16 years and above who have a body mass index (BMI) over 25."  For more click here

Thank you to all of our runners and marshals!

A huge thank you to everyone who ran or volunteered at the Reading Half Marathon, London Marathon, Brighton Marathon, Green Park Royal Berkshire 10K - Reading and Run24 to support the Berkshire MS Therapy Centre. The Reading Half Marathon team raised an amazing £16,116.12 and the London Marathon an incredible £12,842.02 with more money to come. Go Team BMSTC!

Blank Faces - Understanding emotions in MS

Source MS Society:

Do you have trouble interpreting emotions – your own or those of others? Well you’re not alone.

A recent MS Society funded project has shed some light on the influence MS can have on emotions and how this could be managed.  Read on.

MS Nurse and OT Clinic at BMSTC

The next MS Nurse and OT clinics at BMSTC will be:

  •  July 14th from 10am - 4 x 20min slots.
  •  August 10th from 1pm 4 x 20min slots.
  •  Friday September 18th from 1pm 4 x 20min slots
  •  Thursday October 15th from 10am 4 x 20min slots.

Please call 0118 901 6000 to book an appointment.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Boars Bridge Festival this weekend 20th - 21st June

Boars Bridge festival is delighted to welcome the Gren Bartley Band as the headline act on Saturday!

The 2 day event is held in the lovely grounds of Boars Bridge House near Tadley, Hampshire and although it is a relatively small festival the atmosphere is always lively and fun.

It is greatly appreciated the artists who waive their fees and expenses and it all adds to the much-needed funds! Also thanks to the many volunteers and suppliers who help make the festival such a success!

Over the years we have supported the Berkshire MS Therapy Centre in Reading (BMSTC). We have now raised almost £20,000!!
The festival will run over the weekend of the 20th & 21st June. For more information and tickets see www.boarsbridgefestival.co.uk

Thank you to Sainsburys

A massive thank you to Sainsburys who donated £100 for refreshments for our refurbished kitchen! Come and have a cup of tea at the Centre soon!

Congratulations to the lucky winner!

The Sweet Cake has a new home! The competition, ran by the Reading branch of RBS, to guess the weight of the cake is now complete. Thank you to everyone who took part and helped to raise £125.88. Congratulations to the very lucky winner!

Carers Week - Listen again to the Clare Balding show who launched Carers Week for BBC Radio 2

Clare Balding hosts the topical faith show and launches Carers' Week for Radio 2. She speaks to Heléna Herklots, Chief Executive of a national charity for the 6.5 million people who care unpaid for loved ones who are older, sick or disabled. Heléna began her career working directly with older people and carers and she has more than 25 years' experience in developing services for people in later life. Clare's faith guest is Ruth Scott whose book review is on the theme of 'caring.'.  

Listen here. 

MS Society responds to High Court ruling on unlawful PIP delays

Source MS Society:

MS Society responds to High Court ruling on unlawful PIP delays

In a landmark case today, a high court judge declared that the delays experienced by two disabled people waiting for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) were "not only unacceptable... but...unlawful".  Read on. 

Congratulations to our friends at the Merlin MS Therapy Centre!

Peter Congdon

Source BBC:

A £13.5m lottery winner will fund a new building for people with multiple sclerosis, a charity has confirmed.

Great-grandfather Peter Congdon, 67, from Truro, Cornwall, scooped the money in a rollover in May.

The Merlin MS Centre said Mr Congdon's wife Rosemary had multiple sclerosis and his family wanted there to be a "lasting legacy" to her.  Read on. 

Thank you to the ladies of Bradfield College Golf Club

Thank you to Mary, Karen and all the ladies of the Bradfield College Golf Club for having BMSTC as their Charity of the Year and raising an amazing £1,133.45. It looks like a lot of fun!!

The Sod - Original British Dramatists 2015 Listen in pop-out player Original British Dramatists : Discover five new voices over five Dramas

Source BBC:

Vashti MacLachlan's drama about the impact of Multiple Sclerosis on a young couple.

Sarah and Tom have just taken on an allotment. For Sarahcultivating vegetables is the answer to life's ills. Her partner Tom has Multiple Sclerosis and it is progressing fast. While Tom tries to open Sarah's eyes to the bleak reality of his worsening MS, Sarah does all she can to keep things growing, including their love.

'The Sod' is an unsentimental earthy love story written by a writer new to radio with first-hand experience of Sarah's predicament.

With songs performed by BBC North Staff Choir
Directed by Nadia Molinar

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

We've had a great year, come and celebrate with us tomorrow at our AGM!

We've had a great year! Come and celebrate our newly refurbished building and landscaped garden tomorrow at the AGM. The event will start at 3.00pm followed by drinks and canapés.  Please RSVP to pippa@bmstc.org - all welcome!

 You can read our annual report for 2014 or our full accounts here: http://www.bmstc.org/About-Us/Annual-Report.aspx

Summer Fayre success!

Many thanks to everyone who supported or volunteered at this year's Summer Fayre which raised a massive £1,000!  Particular thanks go to the Link Group for all of their hard work organising and running this event on behalf of the Centre.

We were delighted to welcome back Sangeeta  Bhabra, from ITV Meridian News, who officially opened the Fayre.  We hope there will be some press coverage in this week's Reading Chronicle.

Once again, many thanks to everyone for their help and support.

Source The Telegraph

BMSTC Member, Beccy Huxtable, is one of four women who open up about the problems of finding love and maintaining relationships in the face of debilitating illnesses.

'I worried that he wouldn't find me attractive': the challenges of dating with a disability.  Read on

Why diagnosing MS isn’t always quick or straightforward

Source MS Trust:

The media has highlighted the results of a survey published today by the MS Society about being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The survey raises issues about the challenges of being diagnosed with MS and the delays and mis-diagnoses that some people experience. It reflects many of the themes that came out in the MS Trust’s recent research into the experience of being diagnosed with MS.  Read on.

Poll finds more than a quarter are told incorrectly they have a trapped nerve, with 39% of people with MS waiting over a year for correct diagnosis

Source The Guardian:

Four in five people with multiple sclerosis in the UK are misdiagnosed, with more than a quarter told incorrectly that they have a trapped nerve, a survey suggests.
The poll found that 39% of people with MS waited more than a year for a correct diagnosis, prompting the MS Society to warn that too many people are suffering needlessly as a result of the delays.  Read on

Volunteers Week

It is National Volunteers' Week - this is our opportunity to say a "HUGE THANK YOU" to all of our wonderful volunteers.  

We simply could not operate without you!  It is your efforts that go such a long way to help so many local people living with MS.  You help to bring the building to life and make the Centre such a friendly and welcoming place to be.

Once again, thank you for all that you do to help so many :0)

MS Trust supports launch of new awards recognising MS health professionals

The QuDoS in MS Awards – Recognising Quality in the Delivery of Services in Multiple Sclerosis – programme is a pharmaphorum initiative supported by the MS Trust and endorsed by a number of pharmaceutical companies.  Find out more here.

Fancy a holiday?

Makin’ Tracks offer inspirational tours in Europe for wheelchair users with a real appetite for travel.

Find out more here!