All About the MS Therapy Centre
Back in 1983 a group of people with Multiple Sclerosis decided they wanted to provide help, support and therapy for others with MS in Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire.
At that time, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) was the treatment being sought by people with MS. HBOT was not available on the NHS so funds were raised to provide it ourselves.
Over 1000 Members
We now have over 1,000 members with approximately 350 attending each week.
All therapies provided are free to people with MS, but we ask for a donation towards the running costs of the Centre.
Please consider donating today – there are so many ways for you to help us raise the £1,000+ a day that we need to run the Centre.
Watch Our Introductory Video
Our facilities include two hyperbaric oxygen tanks, a large physio room, specialist gym and a hydrotherapy pool.
We employ a carer to provide some extra support for people with disabilities.
But we ask disabled members who cannot self-manage, to bring a carer to the Centre with them.
Our adapted minibus brings people in to the Centre from towns in Bedfordshire and Nortamptonshire each day of the week.
We couldn’t do any of our good work without the help of so many people who help us financially and practically. Visit our Thank You page to read more.
Gardens and Free Parking
We have created a number of outdoor areas and gardens that are accessible to all. There is also plenty of free parking, with wide bays.
Our Social Area
We have a large social room where you can chat with people who understand how you are feeling.
Refreshments are available all day and lunch is also available to order from the local sandwich shop.
Lifts and Ramps
The MS Therapy Centre is equipped with lifts and ramps throughout to ensure that access to every area is available to all visitors and members.
Who can use the Centre?
Anyone with MS living in Bedfordshire or Northamptonshire is welcome to use the facilities at the Centre. The person with MS may phone the Centre directly, or they may be referred by their Neurologist, Doctor, Social Worker or friend.
The first visit involves a consultation with the Centre Manager to explain the various therapies and services available, followed by a tour of the Centre. A medical assessment is then carried out by the MS Specialist Nurse.
How will it help me?
We provide a complete service under one roof that encourages people with MS to make the best of their lives. It is shown that regular therapy can help to maintain or improve the condition.
Our integrated approach, with core therapies and complementary therapies being provided under one roof, allows people to dip in and out of each therapy as required.
Providing services for little cost enables people to have regular therapy, who may not receive it otherwise, maybe due to lack of provision or lack of accessible facilities.
Award Winning Team
Over the past few years we have been proud to receive several awards including a nomination for our Physiotherapy and Gym team for MS Society Professional of the Year 2017
We are very proud and grateful to our Patrons for their time and the much-needed support they provide.
HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis
Roger Jefcoate CBE DL
Clifton Ibbett OBE
Alastair Compston CBE, Professor Emeritus of Neurology
Our Support Team
Some of the volunteers who provide additioinal services at the Centre.
Oxygen Therapy Lead Operator– David Greenwood
Gifts – Jill Bozdogan
Jane’s Bazaar – Jane Bowling, Pam Wray and team
The Emporium – Rita Lewis and Rose Beal
We are a registered charity and so our board of Trustees meets to manage the welfare, regulatory and development needs of the Centre.
Trustees: Kay Taylor (Chair), Frank Sudlow (Treasurer) Melanie Hawman (Secretary), Sue Napper, Alex Scott, Jean-Pierre Brown, Dominic Quirke, Karen Lathaen.
Our AGM relating to the financial year 2016 took place in June. Please see the following pages for:
A bit more about us…
We are a self-help organisation, run by people with MS for people with MS.
The organisation was set up by a group of people with MS and has continued in this way. The Management Committee (Trustees) consists of 10 people who either have MS, are carers or are close friends of people with MS, or have professional experience. These people can use their personal experience when making decisions about the Centre.
We have at least 40 volunteers working at the Centre weekly, a number of these have MS themselves. They play a huge part in the running of the Centre on a day-to-day basis and we would not be able to operate without them. More volunteers are always very welcome.
We continually monitor the services and care provided at the Centre by undertaking regular questionnaires or audits asking members if they are happy with the services provided.
Registered Charity Number: 802510
Bradbury House, 155 Barkers Lane, Bedford, MK41 9RX.
The Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire MS Therapy Centre aims to provide the therapies, services & support needed for people with multiple sclerosis.