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Princess Anne in town to officially open MS Therapy Centre

Posted on Thursday 1st November 2012 at 11:44 am by SH (Editor)

HRH The Princess Royal officially opens the West of England MS Therapy Centre.

Princess Anne visited Bradley Stoke yesterday (Wednesday 31st October), to officially open the the new West of England Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre that has been constructed on land between Wheatfield Primary School and Bradley Stoke Way (near Primrose Bridge).

The bespoke therapy centre for people with MS and other illnesses with similar symptoms opened its doors to patients earlier this year. It previously operated from a unit on an industrial estate in Nailsea, where it had been providing therapies for people with MS for more than 25 years.

During the visit the charity launched its £800,000 ‘Up and Away!’ appeal which aims to bring relief to almost twice as many local people affected by MS over the next two years.

MS is a disease of the nervous system that results in localised patches of inflammation in the brain and spinal cord which may eventually scar, thus scrambling the messages between brain and nerves. The most common cause of disability in young people, MS strikes people in the prime of life – often between the ages of 20 and 40 – and can bring severe mobility problems, visual impairment and speech difficulties as well as distressing cognitive problems like memory loss.

The new MS Therapy Centre in Bradley Stoke will make the charity’s vital support services more accessible to people affected by MS across the West Country. Since the new Centre opened demand has risen by nearly 50% with between 50 and 60 people coming through its doors every day. “This is just the tip of the iceberg though,” says the charity’s Centre Manager Doro Pasantes: “We know there are 1,700 people affected by MS in the West Country, and that’s not even counting their family members,” she says. “We have to be ready to respond to their needs and the new Centre with its physiotherapy suite, exercise, therapy and counselling rooms enables us to do just that. With public support we aim to help 450 people a year by the end of 2014.”

More: HRH Princess Anne meets local MS sufferer »

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MS Therapy Centre invites public to Autumn Fair

Posted on Wednesday 3rd October 2012 at 9:15 am by SH (Editor)

Autumn Fair at the MS Therapy Centre in Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

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!”

More: HRH Princess Anne to officially open Centre »

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Princess Royal to visit Bradley Stoke in October

Posted on Tuesday 4th September 2012 at 11:02 pm by SH (Editor)

Anne, Princess Royal.

The members, staff and Committee of the West of England MS Therapy Centre have announced that their new centre in Bradley Stoke will be officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal on Wednesday 31st October 2012.

The West of England MS Therapy Centre is a centre of excellence for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) to receive therapies and support from across Bristol, Bath and surrounding counties.

Earlier this year the new purpose built centre, located in Wheatfield Drive, opened its doors to welcome members old and new.

Founded in 1985 and originally located in Nailsea, the centre provides essential on-going care with a full range of therapies and support clinics not widely available on the NHS for people with MS. Members can receive specialist neuro-physiotherapy in a state-of-the-art gym and treatment rooms, as well as attend exercise classes, other therapies include counselling and oxygen treatment in the new Oxygen Suite.

Complementary treatments are also available, acupuncture, aromatherapy, reflexology and reiki. This care helps people to live well with MS, to keep advancing symptoms at bay and to recover after a period of relapse.

One essential aspect is the social interaction which offers companionship and support to members, their families and carers.

Doro Pasantes, the Centre Manager, enthused:

“We are so delighted with our new facility and it is a great honour for us that the centre will be opened by HRH Princess Anne. This centre is a dream come true thanks to the amazing fundraising efforts of The Moonstone Therapy Centre Appeal. We are so grateful to them and to everyone who contributed to the project, it is already making a substantial difference to so many people’s lives.”

The centre operates on a donation basis and has never turned anyone away. This year it will cost in the region of £400,000 to keep the doors open. The centre receives no government or NHS funding.

Related link: How you can help support the MS Therapy Centre

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New MS Therapy Centre up and running

Posted on Wednesday 29th February 2012 at 1:36 pm by SH (Editor)

Opening of the new MS Therapy Centre in Bradley Stoke

The newly-built West of England Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Therapy Centre opened its doors to patients for the first time last week, following years of fundraising and planning.

Construction on the £1.13 million state-of-the-art treatment centre began in June last year and contractors Elliott UK officially handed over the building earlier this month.

Situated between Wheatfield Primary School and Bradley Stoke Way (close to Primrose Bridge), the new centre will provide support for up to 600 people with MS every year in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and surrounding areas.

The centre previously operated from a unit on an industrial estate in Nailsea, where it had been providing therapies for people with MS for more than 25 years.

The Bradley Stoke MS Therapy Centre will provide specialised physiotherapy, oxygen treatment, reflexology, aromatherapy, botox injections to relieve muscle spasms, acupuncture and counselling.

The new facility also has good relaxation facilities to provide space for social interaction ensuring people with MS can continue to live their lives.

More: New centre appeals for sponsorship to keep it running »

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