Six year old Callum Kaye, who has a brain tumour, used to travel twice a week to Milton Keynes for oxygen therapy but now receives the treatment on his doorstep at Swindon’s MS therapy centre.
While he awaits test results to see if he can receive pioneering treatment in the USA, Callum, from Penhill has made amazing progress.
A year ago, his doctors said they could do no more but he has defied their prognosis, and started to attend Brimble Hill Special School in October. His mum, Anna Eagle, puts this down to a special organic diet and oxygen treatment.
“It’s fantastic the MS Centre has opened to children with special needs,” said Anna. “Breathing oxygen under pressure is helping Callum; he’s a lot more alert and aware of what’s going on around him. He wasn’t very verbal until we started using oxygen but he’s now making more noise.”
Jackie Wray said, “the number of requests to help children with brain injuries and other conditions like cerebral palsy has been growing.
“Opening the centre for more sessions, means we need more volunteers to train as operators of the oxygen chamber.”
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Dream comes closer for MS Therapy Centre move to West
Work could begin this spring on transforming the former Farepak Hampers offices into a spacious facility for people suffering from multiple-sclerosis.
The plan is to convert the ground floor of Evolution House on Westmead Drive into a therapy centre; the upper floor and warehouse are being sold separately for development. A planning decision was expected in January and if favourable, work would begin immediately with the aim of transferring the MS Therapy Centre in September from the present cramped and difficult to access unit at Cheney Manor
The new centre will occupy 4,800 square feet and have twenty dedicated car parking spaces. It would provide a range of therapies including physiotherapy, complementary therapies and high dosage oxygen therapy.
“We’re excited that we’re so close to the next stage of our dream,” said centre administrator Jackie Wray. “We need permission to change use of the building and also to build an extension to house a brand new pressurised oxygen chamber.”
The new chamber will double capacity to ten people as it can be divided, with two groups being treated at different pressures at the same time. Breathing pure oxygen at increased pressure reduces swelling around nerve tissues and assists healing. This can avoid the permanent scars or scleroses which affect nerve function in MS sufferers.
The initial Moving Soon Appeal target was £500,000 but costs rose to £720,000 when the Westmead Drive premises were found. Well over half the money has been raised, but a mortgage from the Charity Bank will have to be taken out.
“Our appeal is still very much alive,” said Jackie. “For an organisation entirely dependent on voluntary support, we need everybody to be aware of what multiple sclerosis is, and how we can help those who get it.”
The centre receives no funding from the NHS, relying entirely on fundraising for its £40,000 annual running costs.
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