Thursday, 17 March 2016

Sad news about BMSTC Patron Paul Daniels

We are all very sad to hear the news about the passing of Paul Daniels this morning. 

Paul has been a Patron of BMSTC for nearly 20 years.  He first became involved in 1998 shortly after he moved to the area. BMSTC wrote to welcome him and ask if he would be willing to help us with our "New Centre Appeal".   We were delighted when he said yes!

At that time we had operated for 16 years from a portacabin in Caversham.  We had outgrown the building and the land where we were sited was up for development.  We needed to raise just under £1 million to build a new and purpose built MS Therapy Centre.  Paul and Debbie helped to raise publicity for our appeal, initially appearing posing with hard hats in a JCB along with the Mayor of Reading, turning the first sod on the plot of land where Bradbury House was built.

Paul was our VIP guest when HRH Princess Anne came to officially open Bradbury House on the 3rd March 1999.  A very proud day for everyone concerned.  The Centre has flourished and grown from strength to strength since, providing thousands of treatments to help the local MS community and their families and carers.

Paul and Debbie continued their support over many years and appeared as Quiz Masters for our Professional Quiz Nights, Auctioneer at our various golf events, officially opened our Henley MS support Group and numerous Summer and Christmas Fairs.  Our volunteers also remember him popping in unannounced on a Saturday morning for a chat and a cuppa as he was passing. 

Paul was always so enthusiastic and interested in our work, he always added some magic whenever he appeared.  We are very grateful for his help and support over the years and will miss him.  Our heartfelt thoughts go out to Debbie and the family.

Source BBC:

Magician Paul Daniels has died aged 77, after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.
He was at his Berkshire home with wife Debbie McGee when he died in the early hours of Thursday.  Read on.