Friday, 28 August 2015

Get your donation doubled!

BMSTC is looking to introduce APS, a new treatment to target pain, in 2016 – other MS Centres have had some brilliant results and we want to bring it to Berkshire.

We are currently applying for funding and any donation made via the Greenham Common Trust website will be kindly matched turning your £10 donation to £20 or £22.50 if you are a tax payer.
For more information about APS and to make a donation visit and search WB11257.

Interested in Tai Chi at BMSTC?

We hope to be running a set of classes starting on Thursday 24th September 1 - 2pm, please email if you are interested.

"The benefits of Tai Chi are far reaching really. My type of type Tai Chi is mostly Soong and Yang style. Soong is the most versatile and adaptable and is the style taught through Tai Chi for Health. Yang style is popular as it is a gentle flowing style. Both forms are interchangeable so can be stimulating and varied

People with MS would benefit  from Tai Chi as a form of exercise because it is slower and a low impact form of exercise which can help maintain better posture, range of movement, and balance. It helps to improve co ordination, mental focus, concentration and relieve tension. It will improve circulation and flexibility.

Tai Chi can be adapted for people who are seated as well as people who stand and is enjoyable when performed in a group or singly. The class consists of static and moving postures beginning with mobility moves moving on to a series of moves based on Qigong then Chi stimulation. then the class will learn a form over a period of time. These forms will progress as the class progresses."

Join us for a great day at Walking for MileS on Sunday 13th September in Henley.

Join us for a day of family fun at the Walking for MileS in Henley. Starting and finishing at the beautiful in River and Rowing Museum you can chose from the 2km Marsh Lock Route or the 10km Action Challenge.

Whichever route you decide to do, join #teamBMSTC. Not only will you have a great day but it will make a huge difference to the lives of local people living with MS  For more click here.

Low vitamin-D genes linked to MS

Source BBC:

People genetically prone to low vitamin-D levels are at increased risk of multiple sclerosis, a large study suggests.

The findings, based on the DNA profiles of tens of thousands of people of European descent, add weight to the theory that the sunshine vitamin plays a role in MS.  Read on.

Concern over more changes to disability benefits

Source MS Society:

MS Society calls on Government to stop talking and start listening on disability benefits.
Alarming changes to disability benefits

Our chief executive, Michelle Mitchell, says: “Today’s reports of further potential changes to disability benefits will be alarming for those who rely on them to get by each day. Far from writing people off, the current ESA rules mean that many people with MS are being denied the support they need." Read on.

Regatta for the disabled, Henley-on-Thames, Saturday 5th September

Regatta for the disabled Saturday 5 September 2015 at:

Phyllis Court Club
Marlow Road, Henley on Thames,
Oxfordshire RG9 2HT

Click to view directions to Phyllis Court Club

Regatta for the Disabled is a wonderful opportunity for children and adults with a disability to enjoy a great variety of land and river based activities they would normally consider unavailable to them.  For more information click here.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Do you feel that your weight is an issue?

"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."

We are hoping to run some of these courses at the Centre in September if there is enough interest. If you would like to find out more please email Holly

For more information on Eat4Health click here.

Friday, 14 August 2015

We're hiring! Junior Physiotherapist

We are looking to recruit a Junior Physiotherapist.  Please see the link below for further information including the job description and application form.

Please feel free to share this information with anyone who you think may be interested in working for our charity.  Closing date 4th September 2015.

For more details click here.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Thank you Stevie G!

Thank you Stevie G for skydiving to raise money for BMSTC!

Steve bravely jumped 10,000 feet at 120 mph! What a fantastic achievement, we're so proud of him!

It is not too late to show your support by sponsoring Steve here!

Why life is not a beach for wheelchair users

Source: The Guardian

Beach wheelchairs could help disabled people like me access British beaches and make a splash while on holiday, so why don’t we have more of them?

I’m a big fan of beach holidays, and although in a wheelchair with primary progressive multiple sclerosis, I have always found a way to get to the water. Summers in south Devon often involve sweating mates and family, improbable terrain, me hanging on to someone’s back or perching precariously in my chair, before I’m ritually offloaded into the surf and the bracing waters of the Channel. Fifteen minutes later, I’ll be dragged out again, like a drowned seal. On one hand it’s a truly invigorating experience; on the other it can be quite humiliating.  Read on.

The struggle of being a parent with multiple sclerosis

Source BBC:

What is it like to be a disabled parent with a young child?

Nicola Smith, who has multiple sclerosis (MS), has told the Victoria Derbyshire programme she is worried her condition will lead her six-year-old son, Finlay, to miss out.

Watch here: