‘We help our members gain control’
Universal Care in Beaconsfield is celebrating its 30th anniversary by supporting 30 local and national charities over 30 weeks from April 4 to October 28. Each charity will receive a cash donation and free use of Universal Care’s conference room to use as
THE Chilterns MS Centre supports people with multiple sclerosis (MS) from across Buckinghamshire and neighbouring counties.
The independent charity, based in Wendover, has 550 members, all of whom have MS, and 300 of whom visit the centre for treatments and therapies weekly.
Since a diagnosis of MS affects the whole family, we also support the husbands, wives, partners, parents and children of people with MS.
Although we don’t know what causes MS, and we know no cure, we can treat symptoms with physio, hydro, oxygen, complementary and occupational therapies.
We help our members gain greater control over their MS so they continue to lead happy and healthy lives.
This type of long term support is not available on the NHS.
During MS Awareness Week (Monday, April 25 to Sunday, May 1) the Chilterns MS Centre will be launching its MS in Numbers campaign to raise awareness of MS in our community and the support we offer local people with MS, their carers and loved ones. Did you know?
MS is the most common neurological condition in UK, affecting 100,000 people nationally.
Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, although MS can occur in young children and older adults.
There are more than 1,000 people with MS living within a 25 mile radius of the Wendover-based Chilterns MS Centre.
On average, our 19 physiotherapists provide 1,000 sessions of physiotherapy every month.
Although it costs the charity £1m to meet the needs of the local MS community, we receive less than 10 per cent of our funding from the NHS.
After an annual membership fee of £25, the charity makes no charge for any of its treatments or therapies. A donation of £35 pays for one hour-long treatment for people like Mark and Kerry: Mark, from Penn, said: “I came here thinking it would all be about the medical support – which is brilliant – but actually the social and mental support are almost more important. It’s the combination of the two that makes me look forward to coming to the Centre every week.”
Kerry, from Beaconsfield, said: “I’ve been bowled over by how friendly and helpful everyone at the Chilterns MS Centre has been. I don’t feel alone anymore! After my diagnosis I felt like the rug had been pulled out from under me and that I was going to have to cope on my own! I don’t feel like that anymore. Thank you.”
Find more information about the Chilterns MS Centre at www. chilternsmscentre.org, on Facebook and on Twitter @ ChilternsMS #MSinNumbers
If you would like someone from the Chilterns MS Centre to come and talk to your group, or would like to attend one of our fundraising events, please contact the charity on 01296 696 133 or email fundraising@ chilternsmscentre.org.