Thirty years is a really long time for a charity to survive – especially if it has managed to grow without any state funding.
And with cutbacks ripping through the voluntary sector, the Swindon Therapy Centre for Multiple Sclerosis on the Westmead estate in Westlea is experienced in offering much needed services whilst being focussed on the future.
Nevertheless raising money from charitable and business sources is now more difficult as lots of charities are pressing for support, which is why the MS Therapy Centre is asking readers for ideas to help them celebrate three decades during 2013.
“Thirty years providing support to people with MS in the Swindon area is a huge milestone for us and we really want to shout about it,” said Jackie Wray, manager of the therapy centre which last year received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Organisations. “We started from very humble beginnings and have grown in response to the need to provide relief to people with multiple-sclerosis and other neurological conditions. We currently have over 300 members, 60 volunteers who assist in the running of the centre, and offer more therapies than ever.
“Most of our members benefit from ‘diving sessions’ in our oxygen tank, as receiving oxygen under pressure significantly relieves their condition. And this is complemented by exercise and stretching sessions, physiotherapy, massage and reflexology to make life easier.”
Community fundraiser Laura Wilson welcomes any kind of assistance. “Since we moved to our new building the growth of the physio department has been a tremendous success and we’re expanding our counselling service. We want to continue to offer this to users at a reasonable price which means generating income.
“Every little bit of fundraising will help. For example, what about raising £30 for our thirtieth year; think about organising a sponsored event; you could put a collecting box in your workplace or school. Or you could come up with a brand new idea to help us. Give me a call on 01793 481700 or mail: email@example.com”
10k runners wanted The MS therapy centre has six places for runners willing to commit to raise £500 each to run the British 10k in London on Sunday 14 July. Call Laura for details.
Pictured: David and Jackie Wray with Laura Wilson, centre, holding the Queens Award for Voluntary Organisations.
Photo: Richard Wintle www.calyxpix.com
Left: Members of the the centre’s fundraising committee seeking your ideas, from left, Sandra Herbert, Laura Wilson, Rose Hall, Alison Gordon, Helen Gray. Not pictured:
Penny Thomas and Jackie Wray