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Take the plunge for the MS Therapy Centre!

Posted on Thursday 13th July 2017 at 7:15 pm by SH (Editor)

Newfoundland dog jumping into water.Local residents are being invited to ‘take the plunge’ in a fundraising event that will benefit the Bradley Stoke based West of England MS Therapy Centre (MSTC).

The centre provides treatments, therapies and support to not only those who have multiple sclerosis (MS) but also many other neurological conditions with the aim of helping their members to remain fit, active and maintain an independent lifestyle for as long as possible.

On Saturday 2nd September, supporters of the centre will be joined by Newfound Friends at Portishead Quay Marina as their canine chums leap into action, and into the harbour waters, to rescue willing volunteers.

With a typical body weight of 75 to 90 kilos, a double waterproof coat and a full set of webbed feet, the huge but loveable Newfoundland dogs are as much at home in the water as they are on dry land and their life saving skills have been commended by the Royal Life Saving Society.

Those taking part will be whisked from the quayside by boat and they will jump, or slide, into the water where the dogs will show off their famous life-saving skills. Every volunteer will get a souvenir photo taken with their cuddly rescuer.

Anyone interested can register to enjoy the chance of being rescued by these wonderful canine lifeguards by visiting the Fundraising Events page on the MSTC website, or you could just pop along on the day to enjoy the spectacle.

The day begins at 10am and lasts until 4pm and will be held outside the Hall and Woodhouse pub/restaurant in Chandlery Square.

Hall and Woodhouse are kindly knocking 20 percent off the food bill for all ‘take the plunge’ participants on the day.

For further information please contact Sarah Vincent on 01454 628723 or email

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Employees from local firms lend a hand at MS Therapy Centre in Wheatfield Drive

Posted on Thursday 29th June 2017 at 9:24 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Mercer employees helping to maintain the grounds at the West of England MS Therapy Centre.

The West of England MS Therapy Centre has been caring for people with multiple sclerosis, 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.

In the past month, three companies have kindly supported the centre by releasing some of their employees from their working duties to spend time at the centre helping out with maintenance and gardening tasks.

Staff from HBOS (a banking and insurance company), LV (who specialise in car, home, travel and life insurance) and Mercer (consultants in talent, health, retirement and investments) all thoroughly 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.

In 2012, the centre moved into a larger, fully accessible, bespoke building in Wheatfield Drive, Bradley Stoke. Here, the centre provides treatments, therapies and vital support to people living with MS and increasingly other neurological conditions in a caring, friendly and professional environment.

A spokesperson said:

“We are the only therapy centre open to people with neurological conditions on a self-referral basis in the Greater Bristol Area and our aim is to support them so that they can remain independent and active for as long as possible. Whilst there is no cure for many of the conditions we treat, the therapies and social support we offer help individuals to cope better with the day-to-day challenges they face.”

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Open Day at MS Therapy Centre this Thursday

Posted on Tuesday 26th April 2016 at 9:12 pm by Nikki Hallur

The West of England MS Therapy Centre in Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

The MS Therapy Centre located in Wheatfield Drive, Bradley Stoke is holding an Open Day this Thursday (28th April) from 9.15am to 2pm. The Centre will be welcoming visitors for tours, information, and talks, as well as providing drinks and cakes. Funds raised from stalls will go towards the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the MS Therapy Centre, as the event is a joint venture involving both organisations. The MS Therapy Centre is situated in Bradbury House on Wheatfield Drive and “provides support to all people with neurological conditions”.

Open Day at the West of England MS Therapy Centre, Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

The West of England MS Therapy Centre is a charitable organisation that moved to Bradley Stoke in 2012 in order to serve people in the greater Bristol area through treatments such as physiotherapy, oxygen treatment, acupuncture,  reflexology and aromatherapy. It also runs clinics for continence advice, chiropody, employment issues, and benefits as well as a number of social groups. The MS Therapy Centre is holding the Open Day as part of Multiple Sclerosis Awareness week, partly because it aims to draw attention to its services which many people are unaware of. Deputy Manager at the Centre, Sophie Willingale, informed us that the Centre serves “around 300 people, although there are around 1,000 people in the area dealing with MS who we would like to reach.”

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease affecting the central nervous system and comes with “a range of symptoms that differs from person to person”. Sophie told us that people are usually in their 20s and 30s when diagnosed and there are three times as many women diagnosed as men. The MS Therapy Centre also supports people living with other neurological conditions, and the Open Day is for everyone who would like to find out what the Therapy Centre does. The Centre also has opportunities for volunteers; the Open Day itself will be run by members and volunteers, alongside staff who are passionate about their work.

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MS Therapy Centre appeals for volunteers

Posted on Thursday 20th August 2015 at 11:38 pm by SH (Editor)

Volunteer oxygen operator Ozioma and new trainee operator Steve - at the West of England MS Therapy Centre in Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

The West of England MS Therapy Centre in Wheatfield Drive, Bradley Stoke is on the lookout for new volunteers to work as oxygen chamber operators.

The centre provides treatments and therapies to people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) and other neurological conditions in the Bristol and surrounding area. For over 30 years, MS therapy centres have been offering oxygen therapy as it can help relieve a number of the most common symptoms of MS.

The centre currently has 14 volunteer oxygen operators who between them run 26 oxygen sessions a week, Monday to Friday during opening hours. On average there are 115 people using the chamber every month. People accessing oxygen therapy have varying levels of mobility and care requirements. Around 75% of centre members have multiple sclerosis but the centre also caters for people with neurological conditions and offers services to anyone who would benefit from the therapies. Current members accessing oxygen therapy include those with broken bones, cancer, stroke, ulcers, fibromalgia, ME and Parkinson’s amongst others.

Doro Pasantes, centre manager, said: “As a small charity the MS therapy centre relies heavily on volunteers and the oxygen chamber operators are very much a part of our community. Over time they get to know our members and many of them have been with us a long time. We couldn’t run our services and benefit so many people without them.”

Team work

The oxygen chamber is run with two volunteers at any one time. The operators have different skill levels and it is possible to become an operator trained to a basic level within a couple of days. The number of sessions means that anyone with time to spare can train up quickly and will be able to help run sessions for members.

The role is varied, but as well as learning the technical aspects of operating an eight-seater oxygen chamber, there is also the care and support that is needed by members using the chamber.

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