On Sunday 11 April, 11am – 4pm, the Swindon MS Therapy Centre is holding an antiques valuation day in conjunction with internationally recognised antique auctioneers Bonhams at the De Vere Hotel, Shaw Ridge.
Members of the public are invited to bring along a maximum of 3 items each to be valued by expert Patrick Toynbee, who is offering his services for free on behalf of the charity. All items are welcome, even if they aren’t quite antique, except jewellery, which takes a long time to value. Valuations will cost £5 each and all proceeds will go to the centre.
Since moving into their new premises at Bradbury House on Westmead Drive centre manager Jackie Wray is thrilled with the new facilities, and is determined to work hard to raise funds to keep the centre up and running. The therapies on offer are also helpful to sufferers of other conditions such as cerebral palsey and autism.
Trustee David Hughes is grateful to new fund-raiser Audrey Baines for setting up the day, making good use of contacts she already had at Bonhams from a previous charity involvement. "We would also like to thank the De Vere hotel who are providing us with a room for free for the event."
David has been involved with the charity since 1983 and is full of praise for the therapies on offer, in particular the High Dose Oxygen Therapy. "Before I used the chamber for the first time I couldn’t walk without a stick. But immediately afterwards I forgot the stick! I’m sure it’s kept me out of a wheelchair for the past 20 years," said David.