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All therapies are open again from next Monday 12th April. 

The gym needs to be booked as social distancing is still in place.

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   £0.00 Raised this month  £859.10 Raised in total  0 New supporters  42 Total supporters     £21.20 was raised in March!   
It’s a new month and there are new ways for your supporters to help raise FREE donations for your cause. We’ve put together tools for you to help spread the word. This month let supporters know how they can raise when they do some DIY on their home and garden. Plus, there are now even more retailers on easyfundraising including Homebase, Deliveroo, DHL and Loyalty.  Get messages  

Top Raisers in March   
Karen J £11.42
Rachel L £5.47
Caroline B £3.19
Gina B £0.83
Susan W £0.29    

Remind your supporters to raise. Copy, paste, personalise and share.  If you’re doing some DIY in your home and garden please remember to use #easyfundraising.

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UK to test existing drugs as treatment for MS in world-first trial

Doctors in the UK are to launch a world-first clinical trial to assess whether drugs already on the market can prevent multiple sclerosis (MS) from worsening over time and even reverse the disabilities it causes.

The groundbreaking Octopus trial, so named because of its various arms, will allow researchers to investigate the potential benefits of several drugs at once, in the hope of identifying effective new treatments three times faster than if the medicines were trialled separately.

Hundreds of patients sought for the trial will be randomly assigned to have either standard care for progressive MS or standard care plus one of three drugs that doctors hope will at least protect their neurons from the disease if not repair the damage done.  Read on.

Easter Raffle Winners

Easter Raffle was drawn today, thank you to those who donated chocolate.  We raised £130. 

Winners:

Sue!

Andy Gower

John Day

Susan Watson

Angela Day

Gloria McLaughlin

Laura Hall

Gladys Marr

Thanks to Andy for doing the draw.

Staying Smart

Staying Smart is for people who want to learn more about how MS can affect thinking. Not everyone with MS will experience cognitive difficulties. But for those who do, information can be hard to find.

“Cognition” is the general word that covers all aspects of thinking. It includes memory, concentration and planning.

Cognition problems in everyday life generally fall into one of six types of problem.  Read on. 

Not all disabilities are visible

Wearing the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower discreetly indicates to people around the wearer including staff, colleagues and health professionals that they need additional support, help or a little more time. Since its launch in 2016, it has now been adopted globally by major airports and venues and in the UK, by many supermarkets, railway and coach stations, leisure facilities, the NHS, a number of police, fire and ambulance services, and an increasing number of small and large businesses and organisations.  Find out more here.

Accessible garden design advice

Accessible garden design advice from Mark Lane, BBC Gardeners’ World presenter and wheelchair user.

“As a garden designer, I love the process of pulling together ideas, drawing up concepts, creating planting plans and selecting materials to use. I trained to become a garden/landscape designer; but I completely understand that faced with a blank canvas, an overgrown garden or downsizing to a patio, terrace or balcony can feel daunting.

If you love gardening but your body is starting to ache in areas that never ached before, you find yourself needing to use a walking frame, stick or wheelchair, or are keen to future-proof your home and garden, then what should be a wonderful creative past-time can turn into a nightmare of a project.”  Read on. 

How did you sleep last night?

Poor sleep is common in people with multiple sclerosis, with about 50% of people with MS reported to experience some form of sleep disturbance. Despite this being well known, sleep disorders are under-diagnosed and under-treated in people with MS.

Poor sleep quality and quantity can impact daily life, causing daytime sleepiness, decreased concentration and memory, worsening depression, and the inability to work effectively. A lack of sleep can also lead to low energy levels or make pain,  fatigue, and other symptoms of MS much worse.

The types of sleep problems that you may experience include difficulty falling asleep, difficulty maintaining sleep (such as waking up during the night or not being able to fall back asleep immediately) and early awakening.  Read on.