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Bikers ‘get their legs over’ for local charity

Posted on Wednesday 19th June 2019 at 9:09 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of a parked motorcycle at the 'Get Yer Leg Over' for MS event.

If you are a motorcycle enthusiast, young or old, the West of England MS Therapy Centre in Wheatfield Drive, Bradley Stoke was the place to be on Sunday 12th May. Over 75 motorcycles, from modern Ducatis and chromed-up Harley Davidsons to vintage Triumphs and a rare Triton, all took part in the annual ‘GYLO (Get Yer Leg Over) for MS’ event, riding from Weston-Super-Mare to Bradley Stoke via the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Bikers enjoyed a well-earned BBQ with burgers donated by Asda Filton and local business Pit Stop Catering. Bristol blues trio ‘Trouble No More’ provided a rocking backing to the day.

Mark Whitehouse, trustee of the West of England MS Therapy Centre, who organised the event with his brother John, commented:

“GYLO for MS raised just over £1,400 which will be used to help support local people living with MS and other neurological conditions by providing access to therapies and treatments which aim to improve their everyday lives. The success of the day was due largely to the amazing volunteers who marshalled, baked cakes, flipped burgers and photographed the event. The centre wishes to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to all of the neighbours and centre members who sacrificed their Sunday to help”.

If you would like some more information about the West of England MS Therapy Centre please contact 01454 201 686 or visit their website mstherapybristol.org.uk

This article originally appeared in the June 2019 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 24). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH (except August), to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Business networking event at MS centre

Posted on Monday 11th February 2019 at 9:02 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of 2018 Invictus Games silver medallist Jeff Robinson.

The West of England MS Therapy Centre in Bradley Stoke is inviting local businesses to a networking afternoon on Thursday 14th February, from 3pm to 5pm.

The afternoon will include an inspiring talk from Invictus Games 2018 silver medallist Jeff Robinson (pictured), along with canapés, drinks and plenty of time for networking with all the local businesses.

Sarah Vincent, events and community officer, will also be talking about the benefits to businesses when they work alongside a charity. A study carried out by Deloitte found that employees were “twice as likely to rate their corporate culture as very positive” if their company was involved with a charity.

“We are really looking forward to bringing local businesses together to share our fantastic work with them and to enable the businesses themselves to create new relationships with each other,” said Sarah.

The West of England MS Therapy Centre has been caring for people with multiple sclerosis and neurological conditions, their families and carers since 1985.

If your business would like to attend this FREE event, please contact Sarah Vincent to book your place on 01454 628723 or sarah.vincent@mstherapybristol.org.uk

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Photo:  Invictus Games 2018 silver medallist Jeff Robinson.

This article originally appeared in the February 2019 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 23). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH (except August), to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Rugby legend Gareth Chilcott opens FND support office in Bradley Stoke

Posted on Tuesday 20th November 2018 at 9:55 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Gareth Chilcott cutting a ribbon to open the FND FrieNDs office, watched by Lucy Skinner and Kevin Clark.

Bath Rugby legend Gareth Chilcott visited Bradley Stoke on 10th October to officially open an office for a group that supports people affected by Functional Neurological Disorder (FND).

Located within the West of England MS Therapy Centre in Wheatfield Drive, the office has been set up by FND FrieNDs, a charity formed by a group of individuals who all met while being treated for FND.

FND FrieNDs was created specifically to support those with an FND diagnosis in the south west of England. Initiatives instigated by the group include setting up a befriending service, offering signposting to patients and their families needing additional help, creating social meet-ups to reduce social isolation, and collaborating with other neurological patient support groups.

By teaming up with other neurological organisations, FND FrieNDs hopes that it will be able to improve services and support for those going through the difficult process of diagnosis, or those who have already been given a diagnosis. The office has not only become the organisational headquarters, it also act as a drop-in venue where people can come for a coffee and a chat and where carers can come for a much-needed break, support or signposting, especially if their cared-for person is in hospital.

The charity also plans to organise social activities such as craft days and will create a library of reading materials to help those diagnosed and their loved ones better understand their diagnosis.

The office will be manned every weekday, 10am to 4pm, with at least one of the charity’s trustees available.

People visiting the office will also be able to take advantage of other services currently available at the MS Therapy centre, such as the hyperbaric oxygen tank.

For further information, visit www.fndfriends.org or email fnd.friends@yahoo.com

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Partnership working brings wildlife garden to MS Therapy Centre

Posted on Wednesday 31st October 2018 at 9:08 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Jack Lopresti MP (centre) officially opening a wildlife therapy garden

A wildlife therapy garden overflowing with wildflowers and buzzing with bees and butterflies has been officially opened at the West of England MS Therapy Centre in Bradley Stoke following a six-month partnership between the Centre and Avon Wildlife Trust (AWT), with support and funding from Rolls-Royce, Tesco Bags of Help, Daikin Air Conditioning UK, The Mall Fountain Fund, The Douglas Arter Foundation and Wessex Watermark.

AWT worked with a team of Rolls-Royce employees, service users and staff from the MS Therapy Centre, Wessex Water and other corporate groups, local school children and members of the community, to transform neglected, bare ground next to the therapy centre’s car park. After many months of work, the site is now a flourishing urban wildlife and therapy garden set to bring enjoyment, improve wellbeing and provide a place for wildlife.

The garden features wildflower meadow areas with wildflowers like betony and ox-eye daisy, grown by Avon Wildlife Trust’s wildflower nursery at Feed Bristol. It also incorporates gently curving paths, a lawn and tranquil seating areas and a beautiful wooden archway for climbing plants, built from larch timber from AWT’s Folly Farm nature reserve. MS Therapy Centre members and staff worked with AWT and the Rolls-Royce team to design the wildlife therapy garden, focusing on creating the right habitat for wildlife like pollinating insects, bats and birds, as well as an inspiring natural space for members, their carers and staff to spend time.
Members have already enjoyed using the space to take part in therapeutic activities, including exercise classes and relaxation and insects, birds and other wildlife are finding food and shelter.

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