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Move has paid off for MS Therapy Centre
GREAT progress has been made at the Swindon Therapy Centre since it moved to new premises nearly three years ago.
The charity, which provides support for people with multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions, has published its annual report for 2011/12 which shows improvements have been made in all areas.
Since moving to Bradbury House in January 2010, the centre has seen membership numbers increase by more than 100 and the number of therapies given each year increase from 3,071 in 2009/10 to 5,235 in 2010/11.
Chairman David Wray said: “The annual report shows how much progress we have made since moving into our new premises.
“It has been another very busy year with the number of people we are seeing each week now over 100 and we are carrying out nearly 500 therapies a month.
“The centre has continued to grow and meet the needs of those with multiple sclerosis and also those with other conditions such as strokes and Parkinson’s. We also support children with brain injuries, autism and cerebral palsy, as well as oxygen treatment to those suffering with broken limbs and sports injuries.
“Physiotherapy is in high demand and thanks to generous support we have new equipment helping us to offer our members a wider variety of physiotherapy and exercise opportunities.”
Mr Wray also thanked the volunteers and external supporters of the centre, which was recently presented with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
He said: “Much of our growth and success has been down to our fantastic volunteers, not only those that came with us from the old centre, but also those that have joined us since. This has enabled us to extend our opening hours and improve our environment.
“We must also recognise the support of all our external supporters who have given us so much financially or through practical support. The organisation has become much more costly to run as it has grown and all support is gratefully received.”
The centre is now gearing up to celebrate its 30th anniversary of supporting people next year.
An annual meeting will be held on November 30 at 1pm at the centre, with a talk by Rosie Jones, MS research, from Frenchay Hospital in Bristol.