NEEDED: Recycled Inkjet Cartridges

Each wanted cartridge that is recycled will raise £1 for the charity.

Over 188 Inkjet Cartridges

Makes you can recycle include HP, Dell, Lexmark, Canon, Samsung, Neopost.  

Inkjet cartridges must be in suitable condition to be recycled. 

Recycling Criteria

Only virgin cartridges on our wanted items list raise money for charity when recycled. All inkjet cartridges must pass a visual inspection & electrical test. “Virgin Cartridges” mean cartridges which have not been refilled before and carry only the original equipment manufacturers branding.

We do not accept laser & toner cartridges through this recycling service. 

Cartridges don’t have donation value if:

  • Damaged
  • They have been previously refilled
  • They have been labelled for another brand like Tesco, PC World or Office Depo
  • They have labels removed or extra holes. (Signs that refilling has been attempted)

Innovative clinical research using robotic technology to improve balance & mobility for people living with MS

A ground-breaking clinical research trial is inviting people living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) to take part in the evaluation of a balance exercise program using a robotic walking device. This trial is the only research trial in this field taking place in the UK for people diagnosed and living with MS. The trial is pioneering the use of a robotic walking device to enable and support a balance rehabilitation program for people diagnosed with MS, who have balance issues.

The research team is led by Dr Mohamed Sakel (FRCP, UK), who is Consultant Physician in Neuro-rehabilitation and Director of the Neuro-rehabilitation Service for East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust (EKHUFT).  Dr Sakel regularly sees patients living with MS, who present with balance issues in his out-patient clinics throughout East Kent.  Dr Sakel is passionate about enabling and empowering patients, their families and carers and building further understanding of effective neuro-rehabilitation interventions for balance and quality of life.

Dr Sakel’s research team are passionate about gaining more understanding of how people living with a long-term condition, such as MS, can be supported to optimise their balance, wellbeing, health and quality of life. 

This unique trial is open to people diagnosed with MS, who are aged between 18 and 80, and are able to walk a minimum of 8 metres using a walking aid.  Interested volunteers are kindly invited to contact Karen Saunders (Consultant Clinical & Research Neuro-physiotherapist) either by email karen.saunders10@nhs.net or telephone 07920785768. 

For this trial, potential participants are invited to undertake a 2 – stage screening process (first stage by telephone, and second stage via face to face appointment in Canterbury).  Then, if eligible, the potential participant would be invited to take part in the trial.  The trial itself is based at Kent & Canterbury Hospital and comprises 7 appointment sessions over a period of 7 weekends.

The study is focused on the evaluation of a balance rehabilitation program enabled by the use of a Rex exoskeleton device. The balance exercise program is specifically designed to focus on increasing core body muscle strength, improving balance related skills and walking ability.  

There are 3 key objectives-

1. To evaluate the feasibility and safety of the Rex robotic walking device when used for rehabilitation with people, who have mobility restrictions due to MS.

2.To assess and evaluate the effectiveness of a 5-week robotic assisted exercise program focused on balance, mobility and quality of life using a range of patient related outcome measures, selected clinical scales and physiological measurements.

3.To gain an insight into the experiences of participants and their spouses/partners/close carer of using the robotic walking device for rehabilitation and how this has impacted on their lives.

20 participants (aged between 18 and 80) with a primary diagnosis of MS will be invited to take part in this trial. All potential candidates will have balance issues related to MS and be able to walk a minimum of 8 metres using a walking aid.  There are 2 screening stages and if successful at both stages, then eligible participants will be invited to take part in a five-week balance rehabilitation intervention program. The intervention comprises a once weekly Rex robot assisted balance exercise program under the supervision of the trial neuro-physiotherapist (Karen Saunders).  The aim of the program is to specifically increase core muscle strength, improve balance related skills and walking ability.  Within the trial, the device is used as an enabler to give the individual the ability to stand and walk easily supported by the device without the need of a walking aid.  The person is able to relax their arms and stand in an upright posture which enables balance rehabilitation exercises to be done safely and securely. The device is battery powered and controlled by the use of a joystick.

The response to the balance intervention program will be monitored closely and continuously by Karen and the Principal Investigator, Dr Mohamed Sakel.  Participants will be progressed throughout the treatment program as appropriate and a range of standardised assessments, questionnaires and clinical scales will be used to measure change related to this trial.  The trial is further enhanced by a qualitative research study, in which individual participants will be invited to take part in 1 to 1 interviews and spouses and partners will be invited to take part in focus groups.  This will enhance the understanding and insights gained of how participants have experienced this new rehabilitation intervention and how this has may have impacted on their lives and those of their spouse/partner.  

Research shows hot chocolate could help reduce fatigue

Source MS Society: We know around 90% of people with MS experience fatigue, which can severely impact their quality of life.

Researchers at Oxford Brookes University looked at whether flavonoid-rich hot chocolate was able to provide a benefit to people with MS fatigue. 40 people took part in the trial – half drank a flavonoid-rich hot chocolate drink once a day for six weeks and the other half a low-flavonoid alternative.

They found that a daily drink of flavonoid-rich hot chocolate could have a positive long-term effect on fatigue. It is thought that the drink could also influence mood, cognitive performance, and the ability to perform certain movements. Flavonoids (a compound found in various plant-based foods, including raw cacao) are known for their high antioxidant properties, and researchers believe their positive influence on MS is because they reduce inflammation in the body.

The results from this feasibility trial – the first of its kind – mean researchers are one step closer to giving people with MS another way to manage their fatigue. Read on.

Feedback after treatment with McTimoney Chiropractor Natalie

A member had a treatment with Natalie McTimoney Chiropractor on Thursday and this is what she had to say about her treatment.

“Just to let you know I went to see her with no specific pain just to be checked. I feel so much more stable now my pelvis has been realigned, and would recommend anyone with MS to have a check up.  I have been walking with a dropped foot for 15 years so my gait is not that great.”

Bookings being taken for McTimoney

Our new therapy McTimoney Chiropractor Natalie started at the centre today (28/2/19).  Feedback is very positive with repeat bookings straight away.  If you would like an appointment Natalie is in weekly on Thursday mornings.

Brave The Shave Macmillan Fundraiser

Sue’s daughter is doing ‘brave the shave’ for McMillan, as her Granddad has cancer. Feel free to donate or share.

Hello. My name’s Lucy. I’m 19 and I live in Oxfordshire. I hope any money I am able to raise will go towards helping people who have been diagnosed with cancer to get support and the care that they need. Therefore, I am braving the shave. One of the reason I am braving the shave is in support of my Granddad. He turned 90 at the beginning of January but has been diagnosed with 2 types of cancer in recent months. He’s still going strong and has been able to get the help he needed. If you have any spare change, I hope you will consider donating. If you are unable to donate, please consider sharing and letting others know. Thank you x

Target: £300 | Shave Date: 18/04/19

https://bravetheshave.macmillan.org.uk/shavers/lucy-doran


Continuous Use of Gilenya for Up to 3 Years Can Lead to 50% Drop in Annual Relapse Rates, Real-world Study Says

Source Multiple Sclerosis News Today: Multiple sclerosis (MS) patients who began treatment with Gilenya (fingolimod) and stayed with it continuously showed a more than 50 percent reduction in annual relapse rates, a real-world study following these people for up to three years found.

Results were reported in the study “Real-world durability of relapse rate reduction in patients with multiple sclerosis receiving fingolimod for up to 3 years: a retrospective US claims database analysis,” published in the Journal of the Neurological Sciences.

Gilenya, marketed by Novartis, is an oral disease-modifying treatment for relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS), approved in 2010. It acts by binding and modulating receptors — called sphingosine-1-phosphate receptor — on lymphocytes (adaptive immune cells). Read on. 

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Masterswitch discovered in body’s immune system

Source Science Daily: Scientists have discovered a critical part of the body’s immune system with potentially major implications for the treatment of some of the most devastating diseases affecting humans.

Professor Graham Lord, from The University of Manchester, led the study, which could translate into treatments for autoimmune diseases including Cancer, Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis and Crohn’s Disease within a few years.

It is published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation today.

The discovery of the molecular pathway regulated by a tiny molecule — known as microRNA-142 — is a major advance in our understanding of the immune system.

The 10-year-study found that microRNA-142 controls Regulatory T cells, which modulate the immune system and prevent autoimmune disease. It is, they found, the most highly expressed regulator in the immune system.

Professor Lord, led the research while at Kings College London in collaboration with Professor Richard Jenner at UCL.  Read on.

MS Helpline Volunteer advert 

Are you a good listener? 

100,000 people live with multiple sclerosis (MS) in the UK. Every one of them shares the uncertainty of life with MS.

People are most likely to find out they have MS in their thirties, forties and fifties; news that can be scary and heart breaking. MS can get steadily worse, or symptoms can come and go unpredictably throughout your life.

Could you spare a few hours a week to provide emotional support and information to those affected by MS? If so, the MS Helpline team would like to hear from you. 

We’re the UK charity for people with MS. We’re fighting for better treatment and care to help people with MS take control of their lives, and we’re funding research that we believe will beat MS for good. We’ve already made important breakthroughs, and big advances in MS treatments are possible within our lifetimes. With your support, we will beat MS. 

Time and Commitment

The MS Helpline is open from Monday to Friday 9am to 7pm. All of our MS Helpline volunteers carry out their MS Helpline volunteering from home and give emotional support and information to people affected by MS by telephone. 

We are looking for volunteers that can commit to a 3 or 4 hour telephone shift a week.

You’ll receive full trainingstarting on May 15th. The first training session will be a two day training session in London on the 15thand 16thof May. The remainder of the training is carried out by weekly teleconference sessions. You will need to commit to attending a weekly training session every Wednesday, during the daytime, over an eight week periodand pass two assessments before being accepted onto the MS Helpline volunteer programme. The training sessions will be around 90 minutes long, plus there will be reading and some tasks in-between sessions. 

About you

We do not ask for previous experience although we are looking for people with good listening skills and a clear, warm telephone voice. You should have good IT skills as the role will require use of Microsoft Office such as Word and Outlook, internal databases and call handling system. You will receive training on the internal databases and call handling system.

We also ask that you have access to a confidential and comfortable working space, computer and broadbandsuitable for MS Helpline volunteering. We also ask that you have a landline for teleconferencing training sessions. If you are shortlisted for an informal chat, we will ask you about your home and equipment set up, as unfortunately not everyone may have the appropriate set up and equipment for MS Helpline volunteering. 

What will you get from volunteering with us?

  • A chance to learn new skills
  • Meet new people and make new friends
  • Be part of a supportive, caring team
  • Ongoing support for your development as a volunteer

Before applying please ensure you will be able to meet the following considerations: 

If you are shortlisted, there will be an Informal chat between 8-16thof April over the telephone – this will take approximately an hour. This will also include a short role play. Successful candidates will then need to attend the first training sessions in London on 15thand 16th May.

Following the initial two days of training, successful candidates will need to commit to attending weekly telephone/online training for eight weeks every Wednesday during the daytime (training approx. 1.5 hours per week).  

Please note we will be able to reimburse travel expenses for the training in London. 

If you think you meet the criteria and would like to find out more about volunteering, please contact Emma Chudley at Emma.Chudley@mssociety.org.uk or Tel: 020 8438 0837

The deadline for applications is the 1stApril at 9am.