Monday, 23 December 2013

BMSTC Christmas Opening & Closing details

UPDATED!  As all of our oxygen therapy clients have cancelled or rescheduled from Tuesday morning,  the Centre will be closing at 11.00 a.m. after the morning circuit class has finished.  We re-open at 9.00 am on Thursday 2nd January 2014.  We have a limited oxygen therapy service available inbetween these dates.  Please call 0118 901 6000 for mor information.

Best wishes to everyone for a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful and healthy New Year!

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

BMSTC Christmas Party, 19th December!

The BMSTC Christmas party will be held in the gym on Thursday 19th December from 1pm - 3pm.   Light buffet provided and entertainment from the Clarinet Group from the Trinity Concert Band!  Everyone welcome, no need to RSVP but please do bring a bottle of your choice!

The Christmas Cracker Fun Run!

The Christmas Cracker Fun run in aid of BMSTC last Sunday at Beale Park! Hazel, one of our Physiotherapists, volunteered (!!) to dress up as the Christmas Pudding for the children to chase and try to catch in their 5k race!! Here she is running through the snow!!! Thanks to everyone who volunteered or took part in this festive event, particular thanks go to Hazel!! :0)


 

Food banks become lifeline for disabled people as benefit changes hit

Source MS Society:

The Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC), which is made up of 50 charities and other organisations such as the MS Society, Leonard Cheshire Disability and RNIB, is warning today that the situation will get even worse as the government implements more changes.  Read on.

Potential beta interferon side effect investigated

Source MHRA:
We are investigating a cluster of reports of thrombotic microangiopathy with recombinant interferon-beta, which is used in the treatment of multiple sclerosis.  Read on

Thousands missing out on social care

Source MS Society:

A report released today by the Care and Support Alliance, of which the MS Society is a member, has found half a million older and disabled people in England who would have received social care five years ago now receive no local supportRead on 

You could win up to £25K by supporting BMSTC in the Unity Lottery!!

 
We have had 32 Unity Lottery winners so far this year!
You could win up to £25k with Unity Lottery! £1 per ticket, and 50p goes to BMSTC or the charity of your choice!  For more click here!

Monday, 16 December 2013

Lost car keys!!

LOST KEYS - AN APPEAL
Robin Bootle lost his car ignition key and door key while at the Centre on Friday 6th December.
We have turned the building upside down trying to find them, but without success.

It's possible that someone has picked them up without realising and I would be grateful if  they could be returned to the Centre.

The keys are linked on the same ring. One is an ordinary Yale key, the other is a Fiat ignition key with a black plastic bit containing a remote control knob.








Friday, 13 December 2013

New Classes for people with MS in Wokingham!


As part of the Wokingham borough council’s long term condition activity programme, two new Pilates and Yoga classes are starting in the New Year, specifically for people with MS.  The classes will be led by a fully qualified instructor and are suitable for all abilities, consisting of exercises which can be done either seated or on the mat.
Pilates
A weekly Pilates class will start on Wednesday 8th January from 3.30 – 4.30pm in the Live Well rehab gym, Loddon Valley Leisure Centre, Lower Earley.  This will be led by Anne Holland and exercises can be done seated or on the mat.

Yoga
An 8 week course will start on Thursday 9th January from 12.15 – 1.15pm in the small hall at St Crispin’s Leisure Centre, Wokingham, led by Ros Drewett.   As with Pilates, the exercises can be done either seated or on the mat.

Tai Chi
In addition to Pilates and Yoga, there is a weekly Tai Chi class taking place every Wednesday from 1.30 – 2.30pm at the Live Well rehab gym, Loddon Valley Leisure Centre, Lower Earley.  This is open to anyone who has a long term condition and is taught by Tai Chi Instructor Brian Hill.  The class is beneficial for both mobility and relation and can be done either sitting or standing.  The last class before Christmas is on Wednesday 18th December, re-starting on Wednesday 4TH December 2014.

Spaces are limited so we recommend booking soon to secure your place.

Anyone wishing to book a place for the class can do so by emailing me Amanda.Speck@wokingham.gov.uk  or contacting me on 07809 309582.

Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.

Amanda Speck
Physical Activity Co-ordinator - Long Term Conditions
Sport and LeisureTeam
Wokingham Borough Council



Wednesday, 11 December 2013

The Work Capability Assessment (WCA) isn’t working for people with MS – can you help us to change it?

Source MS Society:

Take action on ESA – write to your MP

MPs have the opportunity to sign an Early Day Motion (EDM) calling for the work capability assessment (WCA) to be improved for people with progressive illnesses, such as MS.

An EDM is sort of like a Westminster only petition. If a lot of MPs sign up, it will, help us raise the issue up the Westminster agenda.  Find out more here.

Reading Time Bank


Reading Timebank - Do you need anything doing? or do you have some time to spare? Join the Timebank!
 
Find out more here!

Winter Health

Source NHS:

Winter friends campaign supported by Joanna Lumley.   Read more information here.

Teva seeking deals to build drug portfolio

Source: haaretz

Israel's Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, the world's biggest producer of generic drugs, is looking to step up the pace of deal-making as it braces for a slump in sales of top-selling multiple sclerosis drug Copaxone.  Read on

Sporting dinner raises more than £3,000 for Berkshire MS Therapy Centre

Source Getreading:
Legendary sports commentator John Motson was the star attraction at a glittering sporting dinner last week.
Organised by the Reading FC Former Players Association (FPA), the special event was held in aid of the Berkshire MS Therapy Centre.
Royals legends Steve Coppell and Ady Williams were just two other of the star names which supported the evening at the pentahotel on Thursday night.  Read on.

The MS Trust is disappointed that NICE does not intend to recommend that alemtuzumab (Lemtrada)

Source MS Trust:
The MS Trust is disappointed that NICE does not intend to recommend that alemtuzumab (Lemtrada) be made available as a treatment on the NHS in England and Wales.

In the appraisal consultation document published on the NICE website today (5 December), the appraisal committee's preliminary recommendations state: Read on

Xmas is coming and Xp is going!

Xmas is Coming and Xp is going?

Windows XP

Microsoft will no longer be supporting Windows XP after April 8th 2014. You can continue to use Windows XP, but your computer might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. You may be able to upgrade your old PC to Windows 7 or 8 but it is quite a lot of work. To be fair Windows XP is now 12 years old, which is a long time for Microsoft to have supported a system.

A New PC

1. Assess your needs: Most people’s needs are simple i.e. email, internet, word processing and any new pc that you buy would be able to satisfy them. You need some advice if you want to store and edit lots of photos and videos or play games with 3D graphics.

2. The future of computing: Tablets and smartphones are now all touchscreen and the future for Windows based systems is touchscreen. This interface to Windows is completely different to the old Windows XP interface. You will have to learn something new but it won't be more demanding than learning how to use a tablet. And underneath, there will still be some familiar bits - like the word processing.

3. New Hardware: The traditional desktop with separate box and screen is obsolete and has been replaced by the all-in-one and other form factors. There is so much more choice now, in laptops, tablets which convert to laptops and all-in-ones of various screen sizes that I would suggest you go to a large retailer e.g. PC World (at Reading Gate Retail Park) or John Lewis and see which one you like. We have an all-in-one at the BMSTC café area running Windows 8, so you can try before you buy.

4. A Step too far?: If you find that you really can't cope with the new touchscreen interface, you can always install a little program that makes your Windows 8 PC looks like a Windows 7 PC (and not too different to the old XP interface) but still retains the benefits of Windows 8.

5. More help: I have bought 5 new Windows 8 based pcs in the last year (not all for me of course!). Feel free to call me if you wish to discuss any of the above. Dave Robson -  0118 9016000 or email dave@bmstc.org

Thursday, 5 December 2013

The garden project is coming along nicely!

Photo: Work has started now on the mid-level of the garden. Railway sleepers are being used to construct a wodden wall. Unfortunately old sleepers are no longer available as they were treated with creosote, which is now thought to be carcinogenic.

TB vaccine 'could help prevent MS'


Source BBC:An anti-tuberculosis vaccine could prevent multiple sclerosis, early research suggests.

A small-scale study by researchers at the Sapienza University of Rome has raised hopes that the disease can be warded off when early symptoms appear.  Read on.

Friday, 29 November 2013

MS Nurse Clinic at BMSTC - Tuesday 17th December

Sue Duplock, MS Specialist Nurse has appointments available on Tuesday the 17th Decmeber at BMSTC.  Times available:
  • 1.50
  • 2.10
  • 2.30
  • 2.50
Call 0118 901 6000 if you would like to make an appointment.

Researchers discovers small DNA differences in people with MS

Source MS Society:
This week, researchers in New York have published the results of a project studying small structural DNA changes (termed ‘modifications’) in the brains of people with MS.  Read more here.

Special Shopping event Monday 2nd December in Reading

Source Reading Borough Council:
Next Monday is Special Shopping Evening, the evening aims to help make shopping an easy and enjoyable experience for elderly and disabled people.  Find out more here!

Jack Osbourne proud to come third!

Source Daily Mail:
'I thought I'd be out in week five': Jack Osbourne is proud to come third place in DWTS after battling multiple sclerosis as he embraces tearful mother Sharon. Read more here.

MS Smart - pioneering clinical trial for secondary progressive MS

MS Society: "MS-SMART is a groundbreaking clinical trial for secondary progressive MS. It will test three drugs at once – a first in MS research.

In our film, project leader Dr Jeremy Chataway explains how this trial "breaks the mould" in terms of speed and efficiency. Watch it here!

MS Trust launches two new publications


Source MS Trust:

The MS Trust is delighted to launch two new books that aim to give people an insight into why bladder and bowel problems can be part of MS, and provide a practical approach to successfully managing these in partnership with health professionals.  For more click here!

Crabtree & Evelyn Pamper evening!

Thanks to Crabtree and Evelyn who held a pamper evening in October for BMSTC which raised £300.35p! Thank you to everyone who came along to support the event. :0)

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Christmas Fayre Success!

Congratulations to our Link Group and thank you to everyone involved in our Christmas Fayre on Saturday. A fantastic event which was very well attended, huge thanks go to Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee for making it extra special. The grand total raised is £1,700! A fantastic Christmas pressie for BMSTC! Thank you everone!:0)

BMSTC Membership

Is your BMSTC membership up to date?  Great value for £24.00 per year or just £2 per month!   Regular news via the Blog, Facebook, Twitter and our great quarterly newsletter, voting rights at the AGM and discount with our friends at Sun Mobility!

The easiest way, if you haven't done so already, is to set up a monthly or annual standing order.  You can do this yourself if you use online banking or we can send you a mandate to complete.  Call Pip n 0118 901 6000 or email pippa@bmstc.org for more information.   Alternatively post us a cheque or visit our lovely receptionists to make your membership payment at the desk.

Many thanks for your ongoing support to help us keep you informed on regular MS news and views!

Pip :0)

BMSTC Garden Project

Some of you may be wondering why a digger and a skip have arrived in the garden at the rear of the gym. I have been heading up a project to revitalise the area. We have had a design done professionally, and we have a team of landscape gardeners who will terrace the area, add a raised bed for members which is scented and tactile. There will be a waterfall going down into the ex...isting pond. We are aiming to make this area tranquil. There is nothing like running water to soothe the senses.

David and I are doing the planting plan, and we would like any suggestions by members for particular plants which have a particular meaning for them, and we will do our best to incorporate these into the garden.

 Angela Robson

Jack Osbourne makes an appeal on behalf of the MS Society

Photo: We're extremely excited that Jack Osbourne will present a BBC TV appeal for the MS Society this Sunday. This will be the first time he's spoken about living with MS on UK TV.

Tune in to BBC1 at 5.05pm on Sunday to hear his story, and ask your friends and family to do the same!

A big thank you to Jack and the BBC for giving us this amazing, free opportunity to raise money and awareness.
Source BBC:

Jack Osbourne presents an appeal on behalf of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the leading UK charity providing vital support for the thousands of people living with MS.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03j98qq/Lifeline_MS_Society/

Carer Rights Events

Photo: Carers Rights 2013 - Information events for unpaid carers in Reading

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

BMSTC Christmas Fayre This Saturday! - 16th November officially being opened by Patron Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee

Come along for some Christmas magic at the BMSTC Christmas Fayre and meet our patron Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee! 

16th November 1.00pm to 3.30pm here at the Berkshire MS Therapy Centre!

  • Father Christmas
  • Seasonal Gifts
  • Homemade Cakes
  • Refreshemnts
  • Tombola
  • Raffle
  • And Much More!
  • Admission only .50p!

  • Wednesday, 6 November 2013

    MS Nurse Clinic at BMSTC this Friday, 8th November

    MS Nurse clinic at BMSTC this Friday 8th November, appointments available 9.30, 9.50 or 10.10am - call 0118 901 6000 to book!

    Disabled people win living fund case against government

    Source BBC:
    Five disabled people have succeeded in a legal challenge to the government's decision to abolish the Independent Living Fund.

    The £320m ILF currently provides support enabling nearly 19,000 severely disabled people in the UK to live independent lives in the community.  Read more here.

    NHS "Call to Action" Reading, Newbury and Wokingham events. Meet GPs from yoru Clinical Commissioning Group

    Photo: NHS "Call to Action" Reading, Newbury and Wokingham events.  Meet GPs from yoru CLinical Commissioning Group, representatives of other NHS services and your local council to discuss plans for the next five years.

    MS Trust to jointly host Europe's biggest rehabilitation in MS conference


    Source MS Trust:

    We are pleased to announce that Europe's biggest conference on rehabilitation in MS will come to the UK next June, jointly hosted by the MS Trust and the UCLH MS Team at Queen Square.  Read on here.

    Healthwatch West Berkshire

    Welcome to YOUR Healthwatch West Berkshire, we are working with local people and community groups to influence and shape future Health and Social Care. Healthwatch West Berkshire is the new consumer champion for those who use health and social care services, we are out in the community gathering your views. We are using your input and views to give a stronger voice to communities, taking your views to those who commission services.  More here!

    Market Research - £80 for you and £20 for BMSTC as a referal fee!


    Dear MS Patients,

    We are currently looking for Patients to take part in a face to face paid market research on the topic of multiple sclerosis. This research is for individuals that have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis to participate in a test of medical software used for the care, treatment and management of Multiple Sclerosis. The purpose of the test is to determine how easy or difficult MS patients feel the product is to use.

    Location: London (Central London)
    Dates available: Any day from Friday 22nd Nov to Friday 6th Dec 2013
    Times available:  Any time from 8am till 8pm
    Duration: 60 minutes
    Incentive: £80 cash on the day

    If you are available to take part please respond back by email to maya.m@fieldscopeint.com with the following details and someone will get in touch to book you in.

    Name:
     
    Contact telephone number:

    (Please let them know that you found this information out from the Berkshire MS Therapy Centre so we receive the referral fee of £20!)

    Please be assured that this research does not involve sales of any kind; this research firm is interested only in their understanding and use of the software product.
     
    Note:  Please note that this is purely for market research purposes and it is your anonymous opinion that we are looking for, you will not be given any medical drugs or be prescribed on any test treatment. 

    Kind Regards,
    Maya Mahendram

    Project Coordinator 

    T: (+44) 01707 358758 


    Field Scope International 

    MS Trust working to safeguard MS nurses' posts

    Source MS Trust:
    Over the past few months, the MS Trust has been approached by a number of MS specialist nurses whose services are under threat.

    The threats range from downgrading of their posts, cuts to the number of nurses in the team or withdrawing funding for the service. In the drive to cut costs, the competence and experience of specialist nurses and the difference they make to people with MS needs to be proved to NHS managers and commissioners of services.  Read more here!

    Aerobic exercise boosts memory in patients with MS

    Source Times of India:
    A new study has provided evidence for beneficial effects of aerobic exercise on brain and memory in people afflicted with multiple sclerosis (MS).  Read more here.

    Crazy Christmas Cracker Run!

    Photo: Our good friend, Chris Sumner, who organised the Reading Half Marathon for 11 years has just nominated the Berkshire MS Therapy Centre for donations from runners  this new run. How good is that :)

    Our good friend, Chris Sumner, who organised the Reading Half Marathon for 11 years has just nominated the Berkshire MS Therapy Centre for donations from runners this new run. How good is that

    Calling all Cyclists! - Prudential Ride London 2014!

    CALLING ALL CYCLISTS. We have a few places in next year's Prudential RideLondon event. If you know anyone who would like to take part and represent the MS Centre, please contact Jackie now for more details 0118 901 6000 or email jackie@bmstc.org

    For more information about the event visit their website http://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/

    Friday, 25 October 2013

    Oxford Road Roadworks from Saturday 26th October!

    Source Getreading.co.uk
    Advance warning of possible delays! A small section of the Oxford Road will be closed from Saturday for up to 10 days for emergency sewer repairs. A diversion will be in place to avoid the section between Beecham Road and St Georges Street. Access to the Centre will be available but you may need to allow extra time for your journey.  Read article here.

    Christmas Cards!

    The MS Centre is registered with Charity Christmas Cards, so if you would like to have your own Happy Christmas cards printed with the Centre logo, we would be delighted :)

    For more click here!

    P.S. We also have a lovely selection of Christmas Cards for sale at the Centre.  These are selling quickly so make sure you buy yours soon to avoid disappointment!

    MS Trust disappointed with Government decision.

    Source MS Trust
    The MS Trust is dismayed and disappointed that the Government has announced it will not change the very controversial threshold for the enhanced mobility element of Personal Independence Payment of only being able to walk up to 20 metres, assisted or unassisted.   For more click here.

    Thank you to all who came to the Crabtree & Evelyn Event!

    Thank you to all who came to the Crabtree and Evelyn event last night in the Oracle. It was a great evening. event. The staff were amazing we had drinks nibbles and hand treatments. We all went home with a lovely goody bag and we held a raffle for 4 lovely prizes donated by the store. We raised £135.00 on ticket sales and £57.00 on the raffle, £11.56 in the collecting tin and we are waiting to hear how much we made on our 15 per cent of sales.

    Thanks again to everyone and we hope to do it again next year.

    Kirsten

    Places for the Reading Half Marathon and London Marathon 2014!

    Photo: We have places for Reading Half Marathon 2014 and the London Marathon, but they are going fast! We like to offer them to first to people connected to the Centre, to keep it in the family. If you know anyone who would like to be part of our team, please email jackie@bmstc.org or call 01189016000 now :)

    We have places for Reading Half Marathon 2014 and the London Marathon, but they are going fast! We like to offer them to first to people connected to the Centre, to keep it in the family. If you know anyone who would like to be part of our team, please email jackie@bmstc.org or call 01189016000 now! :0) 
     

    Slough MS Specialist Physiotherapy Service

    A partnership project between the Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead MS Society Branch and BMSTC!

    BMSTC 30th Anniversary!

     
    Date for your diary - advance notice of the 30th Anniversary of BMSTC!  Party on the 20th August 2014! 
     
    


    MS & Me -on Al Jazeera TV

    A TV Documentary called MS and me: a search for a cure. Because of the high incidence of MS in the Northern Isles (as there is in Moray) the filmmakers shot a lot of their footage on Orkney and spoke to MSers there.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wp2aYuA9pZM

    Give a Car

    Wanting to scrap your car, too old to repair? Scrap or aucion your car for charity with Giveacar!  For more click here!

    West Berkshire Therapy Centre

    Berkshire Health and Well-Being Social Enterprises are delighted to announce that West Berkshire Therapy Centre's specialist exercise and rehab gym is expected to open in the Spring of 2014 and the hunt for suitable premises is on! This isbecause the project Board has now raised £80k and a final big push is under way to raise the balance needed to set up and run the service. The gym will benefit those with neurological, cardiac, pulmonary, diabetes, sight loss and many other disabling conditions.  For more click here!

    Congratulations to the Winners of the MS Society Awards 2013!


    Beccy Huxtable
     
    Source MS Society:

    Congratulations to all of the winners of the MS Society Awards 2013, in particular to Beccy Huxtable (pictured), BMSTC Member and Val Woods Manager at the Bedford MS Therapy Centre :0) 

    For more click here!

    Meet Kylie: Kylie's a young carer to her mum who has multiple sclerosis.

    BBC Radio 1

    Being Broadcast on Monday 28th October 21:00 "Meet Kylie: Kylie's a young carer to her mum who has multiple sclerosis. But with her extra responsibilities, will she get the GCSE's she needs to get into college? And if so, can she juggle college and care?"  For more click here.

    Motson and Coppell to star at Sporting Dinner

    Source Getreading.co.uk
    The special event is being organised by the Reading FC Former Players’ Association with proceeds going to the Berkshire MS Therapy Centre.  Read article here!

    (There are a few spaces left to our Sporting Dinner next month in aid of The MS Therapy Centre who treated Chris Armstrong while he was at RFC. Some very special guest will be attending on the evening. For more information http://tinyurl.com/plrsr3y)

    Wednesday, 16 October 2013

    Flu at-risk groups urged to get vaccinated

    Source BBC:
    People at most risk from flu this winter should make sure they get vaccinated against the virus, says Public Health England.  Read article here.

    Emerging injectable therapies for multiple sclerosis

    Source The Lancet:
    Available treatment options for relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) have expanded in recent years, and several injectable therapies are under development.

    Read on.

    Friday 11.30 Oxygen Sessions

     
    Oxygen Therapy Friday 11.30am 33ft session spaces available! This session used to be fully booked, but spaces are now available.

    If you would like an extra boost before the weekend! Please call Pippa on 0118 901 6000 or email pippa@bmstc.org if you would like to book :0)

    Enrych (Formerly Ryder-Cheshire Volunteers)


    Enrych (formerly Ryder-Cheshire Volunteers) Looking beyond disability, Enrych works with people to recognise and realise their potential and supports the to take up leasure or learning activities of their choice.

    For more click here!

    Fake Britain 17th October at 9.15 BBC1

    Tomorrow evening on Fake Britain we meet the woman who paid for stem cell treatment believing it would cure her multiple sclerosis - only to find the treatment was fake.  For more click here!

    Crabtree & Evelyn Event at the Oracle Shopping Centre, Reading, 23rd October

     
    Please note this event is being held in the Oracle Shopping Centre in Reading at the Crabtree and Evelyn Store and not at BMSTC!! 


    Tickets are still available, contact kirsten@bmstc.org or call Kirsten on 0118 901 6000.

    It's going to be a great evening! :0)

    Henley MS Society Quiz Night - 18th October and Henley Rugby Club!

    Our good friends The Henley MS Society are organising a Quiz Night on Friday 18th October at the Henley Rugby Club. Tickets are £15 per person including a fork buffet. Wheelchair access and easy parking. Call Louise on 0118 9403130 for tickets :0)

    Thursday, 10 October 2013

    Calling all Reading FC Fans!

    Calling all Reading FC Fans. A Sportmans Dinner will be taking place on Thursday November 28th at the Penta Hotel in Reading. Football personality John Motson is the guest speak and also in attendance will be Sir John Madejski, Adie Williams and Chris Armstrong.

     The Centre has been chosen as the FPA's ( Reading FC Former Players Association) Charity of the Year, due to player Chris Armstrong's diagnosis with MS. All proceeds on the night will be dontated to us.


    Tables of 10 cost £450 we allready I have four people very interested. If you would like to come, please contact jackie@bmstc.org or call 01189016000

    A new two-part Lancet Series on stem cells outlines exciting new advances in the treatment of multiple sclerosis

    Source The Lancet:
    A new two-part Lancet Series on stem cells outlines exciting new advances in the treatment of multiple sclerosis and severe epidermolysis bullosa, a rare but devastating genetic skin disease. In the first Series paper, Professor Neil Scolding and colleagues, outline the latest challenges and exciting potential for stem cell treatment of multiple sclerosis.  For more click here (please note there is an audio link on the bottom right of the screen where Prof Neil Scolding discusses the future role of stem-cell therapies for multiple sclerosis)

    Help the MS Society win £50k for life-changing equipment!




    Please vote for the MS Society.

    Click here!

    New potential myelin repair therapy identified

    Source MS Society:

    A study published in the journal Nature this week has found that an existing treatment, used for another health condition, may have the potential to repair damaged myelin. Read all about it here!

    £5.2m bill for Reading's ghost patients

    Source the Reading Chronicle:

    PATIENTS who do not exist could be costing the NHS in Reading more than £5m every year.
    The shocking figure emerged this week after health officials confirmed that GPs’ records show they have 51% more patients than there are people actually living in the borough.  Read more here!

    Local Giving launch new match fund on Tuesday 15th October!

    Photo: Localgiving.com is matching up to £10 of donations made to local charities from 10am on Tuesday, October 15 until the match pot of £500,000 is all allocated. 

Localgiving.com is matching up to £10 of donations made to local charities from 10am on Tuesday, October 15 until the match pot of £500,000 is all allocated. 

Grow Your Tenner 2013 is a chance for people to find and support small local charities working hard to make their neighbourhood a better place
    Localgiving.com is matching up to £10 of donations made to local charities from 10am on Tuesday, October 15 until the match pot of £500,000 is all allocated.

    Localgiving.com is matching up to £10 of donations made to local charities from 10am on Tuesday, October 15 until the match pot of £500,000 is all allocated.

    Grow Your Tenner 2013 is a chance for people to find and support small local charities working hard to make their neighbourhood a better place.  Watch this space!

    Laquinimod reduces brain volume loss

    Source MS Trust:
    A recently published study has reported that people taking laquinimod had lower rates of brain volume loss and tissue damage shown by various MRI markers, when compared with placebo.   Read more here.

    Berkshire Carers Service

    Formerly the Princess Royal Trust for Carers, now Berkshire Carers Service, providing free information, advice, advocacy and support groups for unpaid carers of all ages. We also administer a range of respite grants. The Charity is part of ...the national network, the Carers Trust, and is contracted to the NHS, our local authorities in Berkshire and various trusts/foundations. We are based centrally in Reading with a second site in Maidenhead.  Visit their website here!

    Government Work Programme 'failing disabled people'

    Source BBC:
    The existing programme for helping disabled people into work is failing, according to a disability charity.  For more click here.

    Calling all runners!

    If you or someone you know would be interested in running the London Marathon or the Reading Half Marathon 2014 for BMSTC please contact jackie@bmstc.org or call Jackie on 0118 901 6000 :0)

    JK Rowling's MS clinic is officially opened at Edinburgh University

    Source BBC:
    Patients with multiple sclerosis and other neurological diseases are to benefit from a research clinic which was opened officially earlier.  For more click here.

    Friday, 4 October 2013

    MS Trust presents work supporting specialist nurses at international conference

    Source MS Trust:
    Amy Bowen, Director of Service Development at the MS Trust, spoke yesterday at the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS) conference in Copenhagen. Amy delivered a presentation about our innovative and acclaimed GEMSS project, supporting MS specialist nurses to demonstrate their impact.  Watch here.