Bradley Stoke’s recently-opened MS Therapy Centre is holding an Autumn Fair between 11am and 3pm this Saturday (6th October) to raise much-needed funds and give local people a chance to look around its facilities.
The Fair is being organised and run by a team of the Centre’s volunteers and supported by a number of local businesses including local print company Ambassador and Chartered Accountants Dunkley’s.
Everyone is welcome to come along and join in the fun of the Fair. A wide range of stalls and games will be on offer including a Sweet Tombola, Books, Cakes, Plants, Lucky Dip, Flower Arranging, Face-Painting and a Grand Raffle! Refreshments will be served throughout the day and entertainment will be provided by local belly-dancing troupe Tribal Fantasy and Bradley Stoke Radio.
Access to the Centre, which is located between Wheatfield Primary School and Bradley Stoke Way, is via Wheatfield Drive (off Brook Way). Take the second left after the school and then keep left [satnav: BS32 9DB; map].
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is the most common cause of disability in young people in the UK. It hits people in their prime, usually between 20 and 40, and affects three times as many women as men. MS is a terrifying, unpredictable illness for which there is no cure. Disability often appears from the onset and symptoms include constant pain, chronic fatigue, incontinence and cognitive problems.
Founded in 1985, The West of England MS Therapy Centre provides essential on-going care – a full range of therapies and support clinics combined with a social environment to combat isolation and depression – rarely available within the NHS. This care helps people to live well with MS, to keep advancing symptoms at bay and to recover after a period of relapse. The Centre operates on a donation basis and has never turned anyone away. Yet this year it will cost in the region of £400,000 to keep the doors open and the Centre receives no government or NHS funding.
Joanne Terry, Community & Corporate Fundraiser at The West of England MS Therapy Centre said:
“We hope that lots of people from the area will come and join us for the Fair on the 6th October. Our volunteers have worked very hard to get it organised and all the money raised will be used to help keep this vital Centre running. Please invite all your friends and family to join us for this special day. We can’t wait to show you our fantastic new home!”
To find more about the MS Therapy Centre and its fundraising events please visit their website www.mstherapybristol.org.uk or call 01454 201 686. You can also email them on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The charity recently announced that HRH Princess Anne will officially open the Centre on Wednesday 31st October.
Photo: The West of England Therapy Centre in Wheatfield Drive, Bradley Stoke, Bristol.
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