Wednesday, 25 November 2015

TGA Wheelchair Power Pack

One of our members is looking to rehome a TGA Wheelchair power pack.

The Powerpack acts as an extra wheel and can be attached to any manual wheelchair in literally seconds.  Once fitted you will never need to push the chair again.  The Power pack wheelchair drive motor is light enough to take anywhere.

Hardly used - available for a donation to BMSTC (£599 approx. new).  Collection from Farringdon, wheelchair available too.  Contact

For more product details click here.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Stamps and Dogs

A request from our Chairman, Ian Langrish.

"We are applying for an assistance dog and discovered that one of Canine Partners fundraising ventures is to collect used postage stamps. What they then do with them I don’t honestly know, but it is a good source of funds. Obviously, with Christmas coming there’ll be lots of post and lots of stamps.

 This is simply to invite you pass any stamps on to me at BMSTC. If it is easier for you, and to save you tearing the stamp portion off the envelope, pass the whole thing to me and I’ll deal with it.

Any contributions will be very gratefully received.

Thank you
Ian Langrish

Friday, 20 November 2015

Union J star Josh to head up BMSTC Santa Run team!

Source Get Reading:

The boyband member from Winkfield in Bracknell Forest is leading the Berkshire MS Therapy team for the race on on Sunday, December 6.   Read on. 

(P.S. Twitter has been on fire with this story!!!)

Come and join in the fun at our Christmas Fair - Saturday 21st November 1pm to 3.30pm

George kayaked 25 miles raising money for BMSTC in memory of his grandmother

Meet George. He kayaked from Henley to Windsor, an amazing 25 miles in just 4 hours and 5 mins on the first anniversary of the passing of his grandmother who had MS. He raised an incredible £342 in her memory and as a thank you for the support the Centre has given his mother. This incredible young man came in to see us on Tuesday to see how his fundraising will be spent. Thank you George, we can’t wait to hear about your next adventure!

Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms Reduced with Experimental Cancer Drug

Source MD

In mouse models of multiple sclerosis (MS), experimental cancer drugs have shown therapeutic promise, according to findings published in the journal Nature.  Read on. 

MS Society invests another £1.98 million in research

Source MS Society:

Sixteen projects have made it through the rigorous review process to secure funding from the MS Society’s 2015 grant round.

Of the 16 applications awarded, five were for care and services projects, focusing mainly on symptom management and best approaches to service provision. The other 11 were biomedical projects which focus on the underlying causes and targets for treatment development.  Read on. 

New report highlights the costs of emergency hospital care for people with MS

Source MS Trust:

Measuring the Burden of Hospitalisation in Multiple Sclerosis shows that nearly 15,000 people with MS in England were admitted to hospital as an emergency in 2013/14.  That’s around 17% of everyone with MS in England. Of the 23,700 emergency admissions, 8700 were repeat admissions – where the person with MS was admitted for a second or even third or more time in the same year.  Read on. 

Happy Days! Chocolate could ease MS symptoms

Source The Scotsman:

EXPERTS are to look at the impact of chocolate on multiple sclerosis (MS).

The MS Society will fund researchers at Oxford Brookes University to see whether chocolate can reduce fatigue, one of the most common symptoms of MS, in people with the condition.  Read on. 

BMSTC Tai Chi to continue in 2016

We had some excellent feedback on the Tai Chi classes we ran recently.  As a result we are delighted to announce that our Trustees have agreed to continue these on a weekly basis from Thursday 14th January 2016 1-2pm.  It would help us enormously, for people who can afford, to make make a voluntary contribution of £5 towards each class.  For more information please email 

Friday, 6 November 2015

Local Giving Grow your Tenner Campaign

Thank you to everyone who has donated to via Local Giving this week for their treatments.  The matching has now ended - we raised an extra £370!

Christmas Fair - Saturday 21st November 2016 with music from the 4Bones

Multiple sclerosis patient walks after taking HIV drugs

Source BBC:

A woman with multiple sclerosis (MS) says her symptoms improved so dramatically she was able to walk again after being prescribed HIV drugs.
Shana Pezaro, 36, from Hove, East Sussex, was given antiretroviral drugs after fearing she may have contracted HIV.   Read on. 

Just a reminder of how our shower room looked - a refurbishment before and after photo, what a transformation!

Progressive MS receives latest funding boost

Source MS Society:

Eleven projects have received funding in the next step to find the most promising collaborative progressive MS research projects in the world. The progressive MS Alliance is a growing global collaboration committed to speeding up the development of treatment for progressive MS.  Read on. 

Tysabri unsuccessful in secondary progressive MS trial

Source MS Trust:

Preliminary results announced in a press release (link is external) report that treatment with Tysabri did not slow down the gradual increase in disability experienced by people with secondary progressive MS.  Read on. 

Join the BMSTC Merry Santa team

Join the BMSTC Merry Santas at Reading Santa Run on Sunday 6th December! Speak to Sam on 0118 901 6000 or email

Read a recent Reading Chronicle article about the event here.

Last Tai Chi session on 12th November - earlier start 12.45pm

It will be the last BMSTC Tai Chi session in this series next Thursday 12th November. Please note an earlier start time of 12.45pm. Tell us what you think of Tai Chi and if you would like us to continue with these sessions in 2016.  Email

Reading Special Shopping Evening for older and disabled people, Broad Street and the Oracle 5pm - 7pm Monday 7th December 2015.

Monday, 2 November 2015

The Shop

Christmas arrived early in the shop as Ros found some great decoration bargains to stock. They are in there now so please come and take a look. 

The socks – bamboo and comfort cuffs – are proving very popular as are the chunky grips pens.  All ‘yellow sticker’ items are brand new and unused; they are brought in to sell at a fair price whilst generating a modest excess for our Centre.

Many thanks to all who responded to our plea for second-hand goods.  You have been very generous and we have been overwhelmed at times with all the donated items to price up and display.  Two part-tea services donated went to auction and raised £30 (less commission)!

Please think of the shop should you receive unwanted Christmas gifts and/or items that replace something which we could sell. 
And if you think of items you think we could stock in the shop please fill out one of the forms at the centre reception or email