‘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

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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.

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