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.

My experience lobbying NICE: Joanne’s story

Source MS Society:
The government has referred four new MS drugs to NICE to consider whether they should be made available on the NHS for people in England and Wales. The MS Society is getting involved at every possible stage of this process; one of these is a NICE Appraisal Committee meeting at which ‘patient experts’ are invited to give evidence.  Read more here!

Biogen's new MS drug maintains efficacy long term -study

Source Yahoo!
Oct 4 (Reuters) - Biogen Idec's hot-selling new multiple sclerosis drug Tecfidera remained effective for patients taking the medicine for at least four years with no new safety problems, according to interim data from a long-term study.  Read more here!

Thursday, 3 October 2013

A Respite option in Southampton - Peartree House

Recommended by on of our members:

Peartree House offers the opportunity for families to take a break from long-term care of their relatives by offering short-term respite care. It is well recognised that long-term care of relatives can be extremely tiring and stressful for families and carers.

The availability of the first-class facilities and nursing care provided by Peartree House allows carers to enjoy a rest in the full knowledge that their relative is being well cared for within a nursing environment.  For more information click here.

Event to support our friends at the MS Trust

Source MS Trust:
Leander Club and the MS Trust present an exclusive event with host rowers at the famous Leander Club in Henley-on-Thames.

MS Trust supporter and Leander rower Nick Middleton, along with his family, will be hosting a gala charity dinner on 2 November 2013 to help raise funds and increase awareness for the Multiple Sclerosis Trust. This is a unique chance to meet many members of the GB rowing team who helped make the London 2012 Games so memorable.  Find out more here.

Crabtree & Evelyn shopping event for BMSTC at the Oracle in Reading, 23rd October


Flexyfoot Ferrule - Putting the spring back in your step!

Flexyfoot is a British invention, a new ferrule that offers real benefits in pain relief suitable for people of all age, shape, and size that use a walking stick, cane or crutch.  Find out more here!

A reminder Whitchurch Bridge closed from today until mid April 2014

Source BBC:
The closure of a Grade II-listed toll bridge over the River Thames between Oxfordshire and Berkshire is expected to cause major disruption.

Whitchurch Bridge, between Whitchurch-on-Thames and Pangbourne, will shut on Thursday while it is rebuilt. Read more here.

Multiple sclerosis cases hit 2.3m worldwide

Source Trade Arabia:
The number of people living with multiple sclerosis around the world has increased by 10 per cent in the past five years to 2.3 million, according to the most extensive survey of the disease to date.  Read more here.

Researchers identify 48 new genes linked to MS

Source MS Society:
Results of a new study into finding the genes that may increase a person’s likelihood of developing MS have been published today (30th Sept) in the journal Nature Genetics.  Read more here!

Zumbathon coverage in the Bracknell News!

Photo: Zumbathon coverage in the Bracknell News last week.....

New Tai Chi Class for people with MS in Wokingham



People with MS in Wokingham borough are invited to join in a new weekly Tai Chi class.  Tai Chi, although a martial art, is now practiced mainly for its therapeutic benefits, which include reducing stress, promoting balance and flexibility. Tai Chi can also be used to help Multiple Sclerosis, Balance, Arthritis, circulation problems and High Blood Pressure.   The exercises can be done either seated or on the mat.

There will be a free trial session of the class on Wednesday 16th October from 1.30 – 2.30pm at Loddon Valley Leisure Centre Rehab gym, Lower Earley.  This will be followed by an 8 week course, starting on Wednesday 23rd October to Wednesday 11th December from 1.30 – 2.30pm.

Exercise can help some people with MS manage their symptoms, along with decreasing the risk of heart disease, improving muscle strength and mobility and helping you achieve or maintain a healthy weight.  All levels of ability are welcome; however, if you are not able to independently transfer from wheelchair to mat or need extra assistance, please bring your carer with you. The exercises can also be performed seated.

Spaces are limited so please book in advance by contacting Amanda Speck on 0118 974 6525 or 07809 309582 or email amanda.speck@wokingham.gov.uk