Swindon’s Therapy Centre for Multiple Sclerosis celebrated two achievements in February – the enrolment of a landmark member and the second year of occupation of its own building in Westlea.
The mayor of Swindon Ray Ballman was given a tour of the centre in Westmead Drive and presented Hailey Ruck from Chippenham with a certificate saying she was the three hundredth person suffering from MS to join.
She said she was diagnosed with MS twelve years ago but her condition had deteriorated. “My mum had met members of the Les Slinn AllStars fundraising for the centre at a car boot sale. When I had a bad patch a few months ago I thought I would see if the centre could help.
“I came up to Swindon and met Jackie and just couldn’t believe the range of services available. I’m using the oxygen chamber three times a week and the physiotherapy which are both brilliant. It’s also wonderful that I can come in the evening which means I’m able to keep my job as an administrator at the Great Western Ambulance Trust.”
Jackie Wray said the MS Centre had 32 members when she became centre manager in 2003. “We had 160 when we moved from Cheney Manor, so reaching 300 in two years is very encouraging. We now have more space and can offer more physio and complementary therapies to people with a wider range of neurological conditions, as well as offer more space in the much larger oxygen chamber.”
Jackie said the centre was in debt to the people of Swindon. “We’ve never received NHS funding; all our income is from grants and fundraising by supporters and members. Moving to Westlea doubled our costs but the Swindon community has rallied and are helping us meet the extra expense.”
She added: “Zurich has recently committed to a three year fundraising and business development partnership and a five year Big Lottery grant has allowed us to expand the range of therapies on offer.”
For details of the MS Therapy Centre call Jackie on 01793 481700
MS CHALLENGE 2012 – Saturday 23 June 2012
Teams of 10-12 carry an MS passenger in a wheelchair across 10 miles of Brecon Beacons. An excellent team building exercise for companies, sport clubs, running groups etc.
WALKLEY MIDNIGHT WALK organised by Rotary Club of Swindon Thamesdown – Saturday 16 June 2012
An overnight walk across the Ridgeway, finishing at Bishopstone Village Hall for a free breakfast.
Last year £4000 was raised which went towards helping people cope with MS and to remain physically independent.
For more info and entry forms: firstname.lastname@example.org 01793 481700
Swindon Therapy Centre for Multiple Sclerosis
Bradbury House, Westmead Drive, Swindon SN5 7ER
Reg Charity No 1047353