Thursday, 24 November 2016

Smart phone app designed to help disabled people find empty blue badge parking spaces being trialled in Reading

A smartphone app designed to help disabled people find empty blue badge parking spaces is being trialled.

Sensors have been placed in 70 disabled bays in Reading which will detect when vehicles are occupying the designated spaces.

These will then send updates on vacant spots to the app users' mobile devices.

The EU-funded project, called SIMON, is also being piloted in cities in Spain, Portugal and Italy.  Read on. 

Need advice with Personal Independence Payments (PIP)

Citizens Advice offer a wealth of information and support on PIP, you can also chat to an advisor online - visit their website for more information

Thank you to everyone who voted for BMSTC in the Aviva Community Fund

Thank you for everyone who voted for us in the Aviva Community Fund. Sadly we have not been shortlisted this time but thank you for all your support, it is great to know so many people care.

Shopping online this Christmas? Then please support BMSTC by using Give as you Live

Christmas Shopping season is truly among us - are you braving the shopping centre this year or shopping online? By using Give as you Liveyou raise money for us while you shop at no extra cost. Register for free at http://give.as/charity/berkshiremstherapycentre

Argos launch a contemporary range of independent living products

Argos launched a contemporary new range of independent living products, with a host of fantastic tools, gadgets and aids available online which can help you to maintain your independence and rely less on others to help you.  Visit their website here.

MS Society calling for urgent social care funding

Source MS Society:

We’ve joined more than 100 charities and professional groups calling on the Government to urgently address the social care crisis in the UK.

The Government’s investment in social care has fallen by a third over the past five years – that’s £1.6 billion. This has left more than one million people unable to get the care they need.  Read on. 

Monday, 21 November 2016

Unwanted gifts or nearly new items needed for our shop

If you have any unwanted gifts or nearly new items please do consider donating them for us to sell in our shop.  Unfortunately we are unable to accept electrical items or clothing.

Many thanks for your help.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Please vote for BMSTC - the more votes, the more chance we get of receiving funding from Aviva

The Aviva Community Fund offers you the chance to get funding for an important cause in your community.
Open to everyone - Aviva customers, employees, insurance brokers or financial advisers (whether associated with Aviva or not) and the general public - we want you to enter a project for your community and tell us what a difference these much-needed funds could make.

Get enough votes from friends, family and supporters in your community and your project could be entered into the Finals, where a judging panel will award the funds.  Vote for BMSTC here!

Ampyra Helps MS Patients Not Only Walk Better, But Feel Better Too, Study Reports

Source Multiple Sclerosis News Today:

Results from a Phase 2 clinical trial showed that treatment with Ampyra (prolonged-release fampridine) brought both physical and psychological benefits to patients with multiple sclerosis (MS).  Read on.

Age of onset for multiple sclerosis 'linked to distance from equator'

Source The Guardian:

People living in countries further away from the equator develop symptoms of multiple sclerosis at an earlier age, research suggests.

Both genetic and environmental factors are believed to be to behind the development of multiple sclerosis (MS), with previous work revealing that prevalence of the disease is higher among those living further away from the equator - in other words, in locations with higher latitudes.  Read on. 

Please vote for Sue Robertson for the Sunday Times Sportswoman of the year!

Please vote for Sue Robertson! Sue and her husband Graham ( Graham has MS and is a member of BMSTC) co-founded the Disabled Golf Association. They have been established over 6 years and have 1,000 members. 

Voting is very simple, please click here to vote.

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who helped at the Christmas Fair

Thank you to everyone who helped or came along and supported our Christmas Fair last Saturday.

The BMSTC Link Group put in a huge amount of time and effort to organise this event along with help from many of our wonderful volunteers.  We are delighted to announce that the grand total raised was a huge £1,278.67p!

We are very grateful to Sangeeta Bhabra, from ITV Meridian News, who officially opened the event for us.   You can watch a clip of the opening, kindly filmed by our reflexologist Chill B, here!

Employment review finds people with MS lack support at work

Source MS Society:

Many people with MS who feel able to work aren’t getting the right support in the workplace. This is according to a new report published by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for MS.

This follows a year-long review into whether people with MS have the support they need to stay in, or get back into, work.  Read on.

The MS Society are calling for urgent social care funding.

Source MS Society:

We’ve joined more than 100 charities and professional groups calling on the Government to urgently address the social care crisis in the UK.

The Government’s investment in social care has fallen by a third over the past five years – that’s £1.6 billion. This has left more than one million people unable to get the care they need.  Read on. 

The 4Bones supporting our friends at the Reading, Wokingham and District MS Society.

Last year, the 4Bones met Santa at the Berkshire MS Therapy Centre Christmas Fair. This year, they are giving a concert at Wesley Methodist Church for the Reading and Wokingham MS Society.

They will be playing a selection of light music with lots of Christmas tunes, including some carols which you will want to sing along to.

Refreshments (to include a mince pie) will be served during the interval.

Tickets cost £10 for adults, £5 for children and are available from Rose Tocock (0118 986 2591) and Gwen Burke (0118 961 6073)