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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
Session from Wed 29 April at 11.30am.
Session from Wed 7 May at 11.30am.
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.
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.
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.
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]
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]
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.
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]
Watch our informative new video about this therapy, filmed by the MS Trust and featuring our very own MS Specialist nurse, Miranda..
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.”
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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.