The Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire MS Therapy Centre

We provide a wide range of support and therapies to people living with MS.

We are a centre of excellence providing professional specialist therapies and support for people with Multiple Sclerosis in a self-help environment that inspires and empowers. 

Grant News

We are immensely grateful for the funding we receive from charitable trusts and other organisations, especially at this difficult time. Generous donations have been received recently from a number of Trusts and Foundations which will help us support MS Therapy Centre users as best as we can until we can resume our full range of services and therapies.

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Thanks to all those trusts, large and small, who are supporting us through the crisis, including Northamptonshire Community Foundation who have awarded us £5,000 from the Constance Travis Endowment Fund to provide ongoing advice and support to people with MS.

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We were also delighted to receive a surprise gift of £1,000 from the Sarnia-Riduna Lodge. This Freemasons’ Lodge is based in London, but has members from all over the country. After a bit of detective work we discovered that we were nominated by Bob Morris, whose wife Sally attends our Centre. Special thanks to Bob and Sally and to all the Lodge members!

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Online Pilates classes

Zoom pilates class starting Thursday 7th May. See this page for joining details.  All welcome.

Thank you to Jen for creating some Pilates videos for us to use. Just follow the links below and get moving.

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Nursing support

If you would like some support from Emma, our MS nurse, please email her, or call the Centre and Emma will call you back. Emma works on  Thursdays. [email protected]

01234 325781

Please see this page to contact Miranda, now working as Community MS nurse specialist in Bedfordshire.
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Gardening Guru competition

Show us how your garden grows in our virtual gardening exhibition. Click here to enter.

Tai Chi at home

Next live sessions Wed and Fri at 11.30am. 

Our Tai Chi teacher, Jenny, has offered to do some online sessions for us. Please go over to the video page of our Facebook site to see the videos.

Here is the live video from Wed 22 April.   

Tai Chi at home

Sessions
Session from Wed 29 April at 11.30am. 

Session from Wed 7 May at 11.30am. 

2.6 challenge

See how our inventive challengers are getting on

There are a great variety of activities going on. Please encourage them with your sponsorship

Tai Chi at home

Here’s the video of the live session on Wed 15th April.

Here’s the video of the live session on Fri 17th April.

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Physio support

We have a series of exercise programs that have been pre-prepared by our physiotherapist.  

You can access the programs by clicking the links below and on our physio page.

Lower limb strengthening

Advanced lower limb strengthening

Once the program opens, please click on ‘video’ above each of the images on the left hand side to play the videos.

 

Closed to members visiting in person

Following Government advice, and the advice of our MS nurses, we will close the Centre to members visiting in person  from 3.30pm on Tuesday 17th March, for your safety. 

We will re-open when told it is safe to do so. In the meantime, we can support you over the phone. Please call 01234 325781 for a nursing appointment or help with exercise at home.

The Coronavirus could represent a risk for our attendees. The latest advice is  that COVID-19 poses the biggest threat to those who have weaker immune systems and long-term (or chronic) illnesses, and those people should stop non-essential contact with others.

Please follow the NHS guidelines to look after your own health and the health of others. 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Information

From Emma – our MS nurse “Our Neurologist has stated that following government guidelines he has advised,
**MS is a medical co-morbidity and therefore patients should social distance and if still concerned to self-isolate, whether on a DMT or NOT.
**70+ or wheelchair dependent should be self-isolating.
**Carers working in the community eg schools, need to make an individual choice however being in the community will put them at risk. See this link to find out what social distancing means.

If you’d like to help MS research into the risks of, and interplay, between coronavirus, DMTs and MS.
maybe you would like to support a study, led by Dr Nikos Evangelou and Dr Richard Nicholas via the MS Register, investigating the above issues.
If so, please join UK MS Register and take part in the survey: ukmsregister.org/coronavirus

Welfare benefits advice

Joanna Evan-Jones is a welfare benefits adviser for the MS Society in Northamptonshire. She can still give assistance to anyone who has an MS diagnosis who needs advice on benefits they may be entitled to. Joanne can help with the completion of disability benefit forms such as PIP or Attendance Allowance . email [email protected]

Therapies

Our therapies include: neuro physiotherapy, orthotics, hydrotherapy & APS pain relief. Our MS Specialist Nurses can help with all aspects of your MS.

We offer a number of complementary therapies such as reflexology, pilates, Bowen and oxygen therapy.

Read more about our Therapies

About Us

Our charity, set up in 1983, provides therapies, services and support needed to enable people living with Multiple Sclerosis to self-manage their condition.

If you have MS, please come and see us – there is something here for you.

Read more on our About Us page.

Annual survey.

This is an important part of our service to you, so please help us to help you by filling it in It only takes a few minutes, and you can do it from your phone! https://surveyhero.com/c/4c0529cc

Volunteer coffee morning

Saturday 29 February . 10am – noon

Join us to hear about all of the volunteering opportunities that you can get involved with. You don’t need to commit to loads of time or effort – all help is incredibly valuable. Meet existing volunteers and find out what the benefits to volunteering can be.  There’s cake too!

Find out more by calling 01234 325781 or emailing [email protected] 

Charity Sale 

Sorry, postponed until further notice. Please don’t bring us more bric-a-brac for the time being as we can’t store it. Thank you.

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Quiz night

Friday 13th March      £11pp includes supper.

Always a fun evening. Book early to make sure you don’t miss out.

Book your team of up to 6 people by calling 01234 325781 or emailing [email protected] 

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APS Therapy

Watch our informative new video about this therapy, filmed by the MS Trust and featuring our very own MS Specialist nurse, Miranda..

Equipment advice 

Tuesday 6th August 10.30am – 2pm. The Disability Resource Centre will be here to answer your questions.  Open to members of the public. Free. Full details.

See our Artists’ work

Our Pop-Up Art Exhibition was a great success, raising nearly £8,000.

Take a look at our page of artists’ works – for a taster of just some of the work that was on show.

Opening times:

Monday – Friday  9am – 3.30pm    Thursday evening until 7.30pm

Deja vu – clothing – Closed from Friday 20th March until further notice.

Monday – Friday 10am – 3pm also open on the same Saturdays as the charity sale. Third Saturday of the month 10am – noon 

The MS Therapy Centre receives no statutory funding, just the money we raise ourselves through our fundraising activities.

To be able to provide all our therapies and facilities, we rely on kind donations.

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.

Thank You

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.

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Thank you to the Panacea Charitable Trust for a substantial donation to the work of our Specialist Nurses in MS. You can read all about the donation here.

Our new treadmill in action. Purchased thanks to a grant from Aims2Cure, this treadmill also includes the facility for people who can bear weight, but have problems with balance, to be supported by a sling. Another tool for our neuro-physiotherapists to help people with MS maintain their mobility.
www.aims2cure.org.uk

News

Congratulations to Miranda for taking on the new MS nurse role at Bedford hospital. We are pleased that patients with a Bedfordshire GP will now have a local NHS-funded MS nurse service. This will mean some changes at the MS Therapy Centre from April, but you will still see Miranda around, and Emma will still be working as usual. Please see this page for more details and to find out how to get your name on Miranda’s NHS list.

Winners of 100 Club – April 2020

 

  • 1st prize: No. 78.  £70, Sally Morris
  • 2nd prize: No. 49.  £42, Jackie Clarke
  • 3rd prize: No. 80.   £28, Elizabeth Cronk  
  • If you would like to join in, please contact [email protected]For fundraising enquiries please  email [email protected]

AGM June 2019 (accounts year 2018)

 The AGM was held on Monday 10th June 2019. For the first time, we held the meeting during the daytime with the view that more members would be able to attend. We will continue to hold the meeting in the daytime and will change days each year so that everyone has equal opportunity to join in the meeting.

Please find attached the minutes of the AGM, which include a report by the Chair of the year’s activities, and also our audited accounts.

Audited accounts year ending 2018

AGM 2019 minutes

Will You Take Up Our £50  Challenge? 

We have started a new initiative.  We will lend you £50, then you use your skills to make it grow and raise funds for us.  A great exercise for schools and businesses to develop business skills, team work and social responsibility.

Read more details here.

What People Say About Us

We are very proud to receive great feedback from our members. 

“We are lucky to have such a well-equipped and expertly-staffed Centre in Bedford.
“The information I can get on specific issues is really helpful.
“Networking with other people with MS is very useful as you can share your problems & successes.”

GDPR – How we can contact you 

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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.

Phone: 01234 325781

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