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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.

More: Opportunity to sit and reflect in peaceful surroundings »

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Latest candidates for Bags of Help funding

Posted on Friday 20th April 2018 at 8:35 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of volunteers from local businesses planting trees at the MSTC.

Tesco Bags of Help.

Three new organisations have now been chosen to go to vote in Tesco stores across the Stokes throughout March and April; each hoping to collect enough tokens to receive the highest amount of funding.

The West of England MS Therapy Centre (MSTC) is looking for funding to develop a therapy garden for their members and carers to enjoy at their base in Bradley Stoke. They want to use any money that they receive towards the preparation and ground work of the area, such as levelling any uneven areas, adding in appropriate pathways and generally making the area accessible for all. The centre, located in Bradbury House on Wheatfield Drive, aims to provide a range of therapies, services, information and support for people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS) and other neurological conditions.

Sarah Vincent, events and community officer at the centre, commented:

“We have some land within the centre grounds and our ambition is to turn this into an accessible therapy garden within which people can enjoy what the great outdoors can offer, relax and even receive therapies such as physiotherapy and reflexology in this space, to mention but a few.”

“Many of our service users have limited access to outside space or gardens – they may be restricted due to lack of mobility or have the need to be near accessible facilities including WCs, or simply due to the fear of falling or becoming fatigued and being unable to get assistance.”

“Our centre users are just one group of beneficiaries from this project. The area will also be used by our neighbours Wheatfield Primary School as part of the children’s learning. Biodiversity forms part of the school curriculum and the therapy garden will enable children to learn about wildflowers and animal/insect habitats as well as general learning in a different environment.”

More: Other candidates from Filton and Westbury-on-Trym »

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Charity Christmas fair in Bradley Stoke

Posted on Thursday 30th November 2017 at 6:04 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the oxygen chamber doubling as Santa's grotto at the 2016 Christmas fair.

On Sunday 3rd December, the West of England MS Therapy Centre in Wheatfield Drive, Bradley Stoke will be holding its Christmas Fair from 11am to 3pm, with all proceeds going direct to the centre.

Poster for the MS Therapy Centre Christmas fair.

Members and volunteers will be running the stalls, many of which will be hand-crafted items, so it will be the perfect chance to stock up on those stocking fillers and presents!

A spokesperson for the centre said:

“The centre’s oxygen chamber will become Santa’s grotto, so bring the kids along to meet Mr and Mrs Christmas and some of their elves. Santa will have a little present for all the children and there will be a photographer on the day to send out a complimentary photograph.”

“Why not try out our ‘wine or water’ stall, this one is always good for a giggle, or for a sweeter tooth try our chocolate tombola. Pick up some books, gift sets, Christmas crafts, bric-a-brac, jewellery and enter our raffle. After all of that, why not sit down and enjoy some well-deserved tea and homemade cakes?”

The West of England MS Therapy Centre has been caring for people with multiple sclerosis (MS), their families and carers since 1985. MS is a disease affecting the central nervous system and is the most common cause of disability in young people in the UK today.

It costs around £380,000 to keep the centre running every year and currently less than one percent is received from statutory funding, so events like this are essential for the continued success of the centre.

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Two more local firms release employees to help out at MS Therapy Centre

Posted on Thursday 7th September 2017 at 8:43 pm by SH (Editor)

Employees from April UK on a workday at the West of England MS Therapy Centre in Bradley Stoke.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and April UK are the latest local firms to support the West of England MS Therapy Centre, located in Wheatfield Drive, Bradley Stoke.

The two firms recently released some of their employees from their regular working duties to spend time at the centre, helping out with some gardening, painting and decorating.

Workers from the Stoke Gifford based HEFCE, which creates and sustains the conditions for a world-leading higher education system, and Bradley Stoke based April UK, which specialises in health insurance, enjoyed their days with the centre and felt that it gave them satisfaction knowing that they were helping out a local charity and giving something back to the community.

Sarah Vincent, events and community officer, said:

“The centre would like to send a huge thank you to HEFCE and April UK for their support to the centre. It is because of companies like these, and the many individual volunteers, that the MS Therapy Centre is able to continue helping those living with MS and other neurological conditions.”

“Plans to develop the outdoor area at the centre are in motion, which will make a huge difference to our members. We want to give them an outdoor space where they can relax and take in as much vitamin D as possible, which is good for people with MS.”

Would you like to get involved with the centre’s plans to develop the outdoor space?

Do you work for a gardening company that could supply some equipment?

Would your workplace release you for a day’s gardening to develop the site?

If you think you could help in any way, please contact Sarah Vincent at the centre on 01454 628723 or via email

More: It costs around £380,000 p.a. to keep the Centre running »

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