Swindon Therapy Centre for Multiple Sclerosis celebrated its first anniversary at Bradbury House, the new MS Centre in Westmead Drive, Swindon, on Tuesday 25 Januarywith the Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire, John Bush, the Mayor & Mayoress of Swindon Rex Barnett, the Mayor of Wootton Bassett, Mary Champion.
David Wray, Chairman said, "The first twelve months have been amazing and we have already doubled the number of therapies we are doing (from 2,500 to 5,000 per year) with the membership increasing from 160 to now over 250. The extra space and facilities are being used by people from all over the area, including those in Berkshire and also in Wales, when children have accessed therapy not available local to them."
The whole project cost £900,000, with the 12 seater oxygen chamber costing over £110,000 alone. The centre had 25 new regular volunteers join in 2010 to help run the operation, either manage the oxygen chamber, helping fundraise, administration support, welfare and counselling support, physio assistance and cleaning. This regular volunteer team now stands at 50.
Swindon Therapy Centre is a totally self-funded group, which has been treating people who have MS since August 1983. Many people who have had the treatment with oxygen therapy and other therapies have gained considerable benefit from them. In more recent years we have been able to help people with other neurological conditions such as ME, Strokes and Parkinsons disease. Other therapies also available include Physiotherapy, Pilates and Yoga and other holistic therapies, as well as general advice and support. It now costs around £100,000 annually to continue offering these facilities, all of which has to be fundraised.
During the last year the number of therapies on offer have increased, thanks to the Big Lottery Grant of £217,000 over 5 years which started in January 2010. Physiotherapy hours have increased substantially and the centre now has two part-time holistic therapists, offering Reiki, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Aromatherapy, and Bowen Technique. There is also a volunteer counsellor which is a great support particularly to those newly diagnosed or those coming to terms with their condition. A Podiatrist also visits monthly, and the MS Nurse comes to centre regularly. Members get together for monthly coffee mornings, and a weekly Wednesday lunch club as there the centre is big enough to linger over a coffee or lunch.
David added, "We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has made the Centre so successful, particularly the local community and businesses of Swindon and the surrounding areas – their fantastic support has made the new MS Centre grow beyond recognition and we hope to celebrate many more happy years."
For further information please contact the Centre Manager Jackie Wray (01793 481700, e-mail: email@example.com
Pictured from the top, receiving a cheque from Basepoint Business Centres, from front left, the Mayor of Swindon Rex Barnett, Lyn Chapman, manager of Basepoint Swindon, the Mayoress of Swindon Sandra Barnett, the Mayor of Wootton Bassett, Mary Champion, MS centre manager Jackie Wray. Back, MS centre chairman David Wray, Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire, John Bush
Inside the oxygen chamber with centre user and volunteer Sandra Herbert
Physiotherapist Jan Howard helping Mona Khaliefa improve her Wii skills
The Mayor and Lord Lieutenant cutting the birthday cake
Eyebrow treatment for Elaine Douglas from Rupinder Kaur of Beauty Girl therapies