Monday, 26 September 2016

2016 BMSTC Satisfacton Results

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete our satisfaction survey.  We are delighted with the overwhelmingly positive response and look forward to developing some of your ideas.
You can read the full survey results here.

Introducing Pete Bowsher as the new BMSTC Chairman!

We are delighted that Trustee, Pete Bowsher, has stepped up as BMSTC Chairman to replace Yvonne.
A message to you from Pete:
I am very honoured to accept the role of chairman of trustees for the Therapy Centre. I have been a member since diagnosis in 2001 and after retirement from the Royal Air Forcer Regiment in 2005 have been receiving regular and excellent therapies that have really assisted my ability to maintain my independence.

I spent five years on the committee of the military support group for those that have served and are affected by MS aided by MS National, I then became a trustee of the centre some 10 years ago. I can assure you all that the Berkshire Therapy Centre stands head and shoulders above the many centres that I have visited across the country. I have on many occasions declared it to be a centre of excellence, due to what it provides for those with MS and those that are affected by MS and of course the quality of all staff and therapists that make up the professional team that support us all.

I will endeavour to be a good chairman and will be there for all.



Yvonne Parks steps down as BMSTC Chair and into our new Events and Community Fundraiser post!

We are delighted to welcome Yvonne to our staff team and wish her the best of luck! 
A message to you from Yvonne:
"My names Yvonne Parks, some of you may already know me or seen me around the centre over the years. I have been involved with the BMSTC since 2008 having been diagnosed with MS in December 2007.

Firstly, I became a member of the centre in February 2008 and attend the centre for oxygen therapy twice a week and physiotherapy when required. Over the years I have helped with fund raising and supported our members and fund raisers by attending charity events such as the Reading marathon, rugby events, street collections and charity dinners, with help at the street collections from my two dogs Alfie & Molly, who have their own MS Therapy Centre tabards and have actually helped to increase my collection rate.

After a few years I was honoured to be asked to join the board of trustees, who do a great job in keeping the centres best interest at heart. Having been in this role for over 5 years, in 2015 I was even more delighted to be asked to become chairman of the centre and took over from Ian Languish at this year’s AGM.

In August 2016 the part time role of Community Fund Raiser became available, for which I applied and delighted to say, was successful. I looked at this as an opportunity to become more involved with fund raising along with Sam and her team and to use my skills to add to the great work the team already do on a day to day basis. Due to being successful with my application unfortunately, my time as chairman was very short lived and I had to resigned.

However, I feel very excited about my new position which starts on Monday 26th September 2016, I see this as a great opportunity to help and support the already successful team at the BMSTC.
My family and I feel passionately about supporting the centre, not just because of my diagnosis but for all of you too, we are all in this together and I am delighted to be given the opportunity to work with you all and meeting you all more on a daily basis.

Best wishes for great future
I look forward to seeing you all on Monday

Go Loch Ness starts today raising funds for Physiotherapy!

Speak to Sam or Henriette to find out how you can join in on 0118 901 6000 or email

More than £10 million to be spent on progressive MS research

Source MS Society:

The International Progressive MS Alliance has awarded three £3.6 million grants to researchers accelerating the pace of progressive MS research.

The Alliance is a worldwide collaborative of MS organisations co-founded by the MS Society. More than 2.3 million people around the world live with MS and more than one million of those have a progressive form of the condition.  Read on.

Antioxidant Lipoic Acid Appears to Slow SPMS Patients’ Neurodegeneration

Source Multiple Sclerosis News Today:

A pilot study exploring the antioxidant lipoic acid in patients with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS) demonstrated that treatment for two years reduced the speed of brain tissue loss and improved the patients’ walking speed.  Read on.

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