Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Thinking of Booking a Holiday in France?



I Need a Holiday Too!
A unique concept in holidays for disabled people wanting to travel to France. Based on the pink granite coast of Brittany, on the banks of the River Jaudy in a small and very beautiful town called La Roche Derrien, we offer the comfort of modern living in a rural traditional setting, yet we are only ten minutes away from the beaches, several towns and all the other attractions you would expect on a holiday.  Find out more here.

Relapses prevented in MS Mouse Model

Researchers at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, recently showed that peripheral blood cells loaded with a drug that resembles the myelin protein are able to inhibit harmful immune responses and prevent relapses in a mouse model of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS).
The findings were described in the study “Autoantigen-specific immunosuppression with tolerogenic peripheral blood cells prevents relapses in a mouse model of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis,” and published in the Journal of Translational Medicine.  Read on.

Fashionable Clothing for Wheelchair Users




Hannah Dunk, daughter of one of our members, was inspired by her Mum to set up her own business making fashionable clothing for wheelchair users.


"My mother Helen has always been a very glamorous lady. Being diagnosed with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis 14 years ago my mum is now wheelchair bound. I have found it almost impossible to find her fashionable clothing to fit comfortably. Being hoisted means that material rides up exposing her midriff. I came up with clothing designs to help her protect her dignity and of course to show the world she is still young and fashionable. I am thrilled to share the designs with you all!
Hannah"
Find out more here!

Reading Station Collection

A huge thank you to everyone who collected at Reading Station on Friday. We raised a brilliant £2,118.29!




On Saturday 4th June we will be heading to Newbury, have you got a couple of hours to spare?
Please contact Kirsten kirsten@bmstc.org or Tracy tracy@bmstc.org to sign up.

Summer Fair Success!


A huge thank you to the BMSTC Link Group and everyone who attended and volunteered at the Summer Fair on Saturday. We raised a brilliant £1,109.32!


A big thank you to Trishna Bharadia - MS Ambassador & People's Strictly BBC1 and her mum for opening the fair. A brilliant day!

Friday, 20 May 2016

Boars Bridge Festival - Hampshire's biggest little music festival!

Boars Bridge charity music festival will be held over the weekend of the 24th - 26 June 2016.  All proceeds to BMSTC.


 A selection of acoustic Blues, Bluegrass, County and Folk music will be performed over the weekend by a number of musicians.  We're delighted that the Mark Nelson Trio will be the headlining act on Saturday night.  They nearly raised the roof off the marquee last year!!


Tickets for Boars Bridge are available now! £20 weekend, £15 Saturday only, £10 Sunday only. £10 per pitch for camping. Send cheque made payable to L Whiteland and a stamped addressed envelope to the address on the contacts page.  For more information about the event click here!


Pineapple Palace’s Summer Market for Parkinson’s UK & BMSTC

A group of local crafts people and artists will be hosting a fundraising weekend at the Pineapple Palace from Friday 17 June to Sunday 19 June to raise funds for Parkinson's UK and BMSTC.

Ros Hatt is one of the artists, who owns Agapanthus Silver, has a display cabinet at Pineapple Palace, located at Lower Way Farm in Thatcham, which is a truly unique shop and cafĂ© supported and stocked by a number of local artists. The Summer Market will include craft demonstrations, music, food, children’s activities, raffle prizes and over 50 quality craft and arts stalls exhibiting over the weekend.

The funds raised by the team at Pineapple Palace will be divided between the two charities. 

 Please note that there are a few very small steps inside the shop places but the site is largely accessible and has a disabled toilet on site.

Kirsten has visited the venue so can answer questions, or contact Ros on mybox@mybox.plus.com


Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Free Reflexology Taster Sessions at BMSTC!


We have some FREE 15 minute reflexology taster sessions available for people to book on Tuesday 7th June 2016. 
Chilli B, our Reflexologist, was recommended to us earlier this year by one of our MS members. Chilli offers 45 minute appointments at BMSTC each Tuesday at a much reduced rate of £15 per session.

Why not give it a try?! Call us on 0118 901 6000 to book you free taster or appointment. You can find out more about Chilli and reflexology here.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Win tickets to see Carole King perform Tapestry in Hyde Park London!


The organisers of Boars Bridge Festival will be holding a Grand Draw this year. 

Prizes include 2 x Priority Entry tickets to see Carole King Perform Tapestry in Hyde Park, London on the 3rd July

& 2 x family passes for the Watercress Line on Hampshire.

Draw tickets are available to purchase at the Centre for £1.00 each or £10.00 a book. Please email pippa@bmstc.org or call 0118 901 6000 and ask to speak to Pip! The draw will be held at the Festival on Sunday 26th June.  The lucky winner will be notified by phone if they are not attending the event.


For details about the Carole King Concert click here!
For details about the Watercress Line click here!
For details about Boars Bridge Festival click here!








Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Read all about our achievements in 2015!





2015 was another great year, together we achieved so much.

We would like to thank everyone who has made this possible and our members who make it such a warm community.


Read all about it in our 2015 Annual Review here!


Monday, 9 May 2016

Be in a study

Source MS Society:


You are vital in progressing understanding of the cause of MS, developing a cure and providing support and treatments for people living with MS. Involvement in research can range from completing a questionnaire to being in a clinical trial for a new treatment.  Read on.

BMSTC AGM Thursday 16th June, 2.30 - 4.00pm

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NICE considers new disease modifying treatment for MS

Source MS Society:
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended daclizumab, known as Zinbryta, be licensed to treat people with relapsing forms of MS.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is now deciding whether to make this treatment available on the NHS in England and Wales.  Read on.

Saturday Open Gym Sessions and Physiotherapy Assessments 14th May 2016


Feedback from our recent survey identified people with MS who work full time find it difficult to access our services.   As a direct result, we are launching a Saturday morning open gym session and physiotherapy assessment service. 

The sessions are aimed to enable individuals to become responsible for their own exercises, adequate supervision and advice will be available from our physiotherapist to promote this.    Initially this will run on 6 Saturdays every other week so we can gauge interest.



Please see further details about the new service below.   If you would like to register your interest, or book an assessment, please email amy@bmstc.org or call Amy on  0118 901 6000

Supervised open gym session 9am-11am
What is on offer?
The sessions will consist of a series of exercise equipment set up around the gym which is available for all attendees to use. The physiotherapist on duty will be around to direct and advise on all the exercises and assist the person to make the most of their session by modifying exercises to meet the individual’s needs.

The session will run as a outpatient ‘drop in’ service between the hours of 9am-11am so members can attend as and when they like and get started once they arrive until a time of their preference. If members wish to attend simply to use the bike, treadmill or a specific piece of equipment this is also allowed. *Not to include use of the electric standing frame or tilt table*

The session should be treated as would be seen in a regular gym whereby each member carries out their own exercise plan with the option to do as much or as little as they like.

Criteria – Members must be able to mobilise within the centre and be able to move from each exercise independently or with minimal support. The member must be able to carry out each exercise by themselves and only require assistance with positioning or instruction of an exercise.

Restrictions – Unfortunately we will not be able to accommodate members who require hoisting, assistance of 2 people when transferring and/or continuous assistance when completing exercises.

The service is offered free of charge but donations of any amount are encouraged to help us meet our costs and support other members who are unable to donate.

Late morning Saturday assessment sessions 11am – 1pm
What is on offer and who is it suited for?
1:1 Assessments will be available to any new/current member of the centre who is unable to attend the centre for an assessment during the working week. This can also include members who do not regularly attend classes or 1:1 appointments but wishes to have a review, be given advice and have an individualised home exercise plan created for them.

Restrictions – Unfortunately we will not be able to accommodate members who require hoisting, the use of a standing frame or assistance of more than 1 person to transfer or mobilise.

Sessions should last from 30 – 45 minutes.   Once assessed the members are then also welcome to join the open gym session from 11am – 1pm.

This service is offered free of charge, we suggest voluntary donation £20.00 to BMSTC to help us meet our costs and support other members who are unable to donate.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Yoga may help to reduce MS symptoms, says study

Source Economic Times:


Interesting article - don't forget we have a Monday evening 7pmYoga class here at BMSTC, you can come along and join in or call 0118 9016000 for more details:


GENEVA: Yoga and aquatic exercise may reduce certain symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) such as fatigue, depression and paresthesia, a new study suggests.   Read on.