Princess Royal to visit Bradley Stoke in October

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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