The Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire MS Therapy Centre

Registered Charity No: 802510 – Bradbury House, 155 Barkers Lane, Bedford, MK41 9RX

Contact us by email or phone; 01234 325781

We are a charity that provides a wide range of support and therapies to people living with MS

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Therapies

Our therapies include: neuro physiotherapy, hydrotherapy & APS pain relief.

Our MS Specialist Nurse 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.

Therapies and facilities

We will still take care of your safety. Please continue to wear your mask and keep distanced.

Masks and tests

We will still ask all members and therapists to wear a mask when in the Centre. Staff will take lateral flow tests at least once per week.

If you are exempt from wearing a mask please bring a letter from your GP stating this. You will be asked to take a lateral flow test and bring the completed test with you to your appointment, and wear a visor if possible.

Physio

Guy and Kate are offering physio sessions. Linda will be offering gym and hydro sessions as well.

Oxygen

We are increasing the number of people in the tanks to 3 in the large tank and 2 in the small tank. This still allows distancing and will enable us to provide sufficient sessions so that people can access oxygen as well as a physical therapy.

Complementary therapies

Bowen therapy up and running, and a new therapist offering reflexology, massage and aromatherapy will start working on Mondays from 27th September. If you would like one of these therapies, please get in touch so that we can set up the appointments.

MS nurse appointments

You can now see Emma face to face on Thursdays as well as by phone or video link – please make an appointment by calling the Centre – 01234 325781.

APS and the Gym

There are plenty of slots available for APS or the gym – just call to book yourself in.

Peer support

We have some tables outside where you can chat with other members when you come in for therapy. There will be no service from the kitchen so please bring your own drinks (and take away your rubbish please). This will only be available outside, so please wrap up warm and think about rain!

We will arrange some specific sessions just for meeting up with people for those who are not coming for therapy. 

Appointments 

Call or email us to book an appointment on 01234 325781 or reception@mscentrebedsandnorthants.com

HeartMath

HeartMath is a useful technique that can be taught by Emma, our MS nurse, and then carried out at home. It allows you to connect your heart and feelings, then learn techniques to reduce stress and anxiety.

Watch the video to find out more. If you would like to use this technique, please contact the MS Therapy Centre on 01234 325781.

October newsletter

Our latest newsletter contains all sorts of interesting snippets from the MS Therapy Centre including; 
  • News on our recent fundraising activity
  • Welcome to our new therapist
  • A video about HeartMath
  • and lots more….

Events

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Monthly charity sales are back!

20 November and 18 December from 10am to 12noon

Then we’ll be holding a charity sale every third Saturday of the month. We can now accept bric-a-brac too.

Visit our popular fashion and bric-a-brac shop

We stock a wide range of good quality clothes and accessories for men and women plus crockery, glassware, jigsaws – all sorts.

We are open Monday to Thursday 10am – 2.30pm

Donations of clothes

We can take donation of clothes (Monday – Thursday from 9am-2pm).
 
Clothes must be in a sealed bin liner and please leave the bags under the canopy at the main entrance of the MS Therapy Centre. 

Online seated Pilates classes

Tuesdays & Thursdays at 11.30 

Live Facebook classes on Tuesdays. Zoom pilates class on Thursdays. For the Zoom classes, please see this page for joining details. All welcome.

Mat-based Pilates classes at the MS Therapy Centre

Thursdays 11.30 – 12.30 

Call 01234 325781 to book your place.

Tai Chi at the MS Therapy Centre

Tuesdays 1.30 – 2.30  

Call 01234 325781 to book your place

Tai Chi at home

We have moved Tai Chi classes back to the MS Therapy Centre. You can still catch up with past online classes. Please go over to the video page of our Facebook site to see the videos.

‘Love to Move’ with MS

Free exercise sessions running on Tuesdays 3 – 4pm

‘Love To Move’ provides a unique mix of physical movement or exercises with activities designed to stimulate cognitive function and either maintain or develop neural pathways and fine motor skills. It is very gentle and suitable for all. Watch the video to find out more.

The sessions will be free so please let us know if you’d like to take part by calling 01234 325781.

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Book an appointment with Emma, our MS nurse

Thursdays – Emma can now offer appointments via phone, face to face or video on Thursdays.

Call or email us to book an appointment: Phone 01234 325781 or email Emma.

Community MS nurse – Miranda

Miranda can see anyone who has a Bedfordshire GP and is not under any other MS Nurse service (eg for disease modifying therapies). NB if you have already given your contact details to Miranda, please still call this number to be added to the list 0345 6024064. Miranda will be seeing people in clinic and in their own homes.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a neurological condition that affects around 107,000 people across the UK.

Many of our members have been telling us how they have really benefited from the support we have been able to provide during the lockdowns.

Colin says…

I cannot really find the right words to express how grateful I am for what the Centre does for me and what it means to me. After 10 weeks of self-isolating I rapidly went downhill.

Returning to the Centre for one-to-one physio is helping me get back to where I was physically a few months before. This helps me to live independently, as I live alone.

The staff always welcome me with a smile, and we have a bit of a laugh together which really gives me a lift.”

Contact us on 01234 325781 to find out about all the ways we can help.

Please help us to keep providing therapies in the future…

We have recently been mailing out our new information pack on the easy ways to leave a legacy for the Beds and Northants MS Therapy Centre in your will. Take a look at the flyer and read the full details.

Free will writing service, with Farewill

We are delighted to have teamed up with Farewill, the number one wills specialist in the UK. Farewill, in the last 12 months, has raised over £100M for charity, been on the front page of a national newspaper and averaged 4.9/5 on Trustpilot.

We have a limited number of free will writing services to offer our supporters, so it’s first come first served.

Take a look at our free will writing page for full details.

News

This lovely photo is of our Patron HM Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis, and our trustee and Deputy Lieutenant Elizabeth Toogood.

This lovely photo is of our Patron HM Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis, and our trustee and Deputy Lieutenant Elizabeth Toogood.

They were attending the service of thanksgiving in Bedford to give thanks, remember and look forward in hope as the nation emerges from the challenges of the pandemic.

We are very grateful for the support given to us by both of these inspirational women.

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Reports from our Annual General Meeting

Thank you to all who attended our online AGM this year. You can find all of the information on finances, plans for the future and new Trustees below:

MS Buddy Scheme

If you are newly diagnosed and would like to speak to someone in the same situation as you, the Buddy Network from Shift MS could help you to meet someone to chat to.

Just follow the link to the Shift MS website to get started.

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Here are our winners of the 100 club for September

3rd prize, No 53, David Gates – £24
2nd Prize. No 8, Phil Moreton – £36
1st prize, No 25, Justine Barry – £60
 
The new 100 Club starts in December 2021, so it’s time to sign up again. You can buy one number for £36 a year and you can buy more than one if you like. We will be sending you an email shortly to sign up, so keep a look out for this.
 
And if you are a lucky winner and spend your winnings at Amazon, please don’t forget to use Amazon Smile and donate to the Centre at no cost to yourselves. That way, we win as well. 

Useful advice about COVID-19 for people with MS

Emma, our MS nurse, has recommended this article full of useful advice about COVID-19 and MS at the MS Trust website.

Counselling

If you are finding it hard to cope at this time, our counsellor, Gill, is available for telephone or email consultations. Please contact the Centre and we will pass on your details. Call us on 01234 325781

MS UK also offers a counselling service by telephone or video link. Register at their website to get started.

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Hello from the team here at our Centre

Top row: (Left to right) Karen Taras – Receptionist, Frank Lobban – Centre’s mini bus driver, Swarupa Vaingankar – Fundraising Coordinator, Aniceta Klimaszewska – Centre’s cleaner.

Middle row: (Left to right)  Funmi Shitta-Bey – Physiotherapist, Linda Richardson – Physio and Hydrotherapy Assistant, Harriet Squirrell – Assistant Manager, Emma Matthews – MS Specialist Nurse.

Bottom row: (Left to right) Guy Stewart – Lead Physiotherapist, Jane Everett – Trust Fundraising Officer, Tracy Mckenzie – Centre Manager.

See us at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

We are always posting the latest news, events and videos at our social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Keep in touch 

We have over 1000 followers and friends on Facebook so please do come and say hello.

We really need your continued support…

During the COVID-19 crisis we continue to offer support and therapies to hundreds of people across Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire. We haven\’t been able run most of our fund-raising activities like events, our shops, dinners and performances.

We receive no government or other form of statutory funding

It’s only through people like you that we are able to provide vital therapies and support to people with MS.

Please donate £10, £20 or more today

Most people choose to donate by credit card, using PayPal or through our secure card payment partners, JustGiving.

Please visit JustGiving.com/bnms where you can easily make a secure online donation to the MS Therapy Centre.

Now you can donate by PayPal or via credit card

Read all about the many ways you can help us.

Go shopping online at our eBay shop

Every purchase helps support our charity.

You\’ll always find high quality items at bargain prices

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Please take a look at our eBay shop today.

Opening times

We are open for limited therapies by appointment only.

Please call 01234 325781 for appointments.

We can support you over the phone, or online.

Please call 01234 325781 for a nursing appointment or we can help with exercise via our virtual programmes.

GDPR – How we can contact you 

If you are a member or supporter of the Centre and would like to let us know how we can contact you, please click the link below and fill out the form, stating your preferences. For more information on GDPR click here.

You can state your contact preferences here.

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