Easyfundraising – how to instructions

Either go to Easyfundraising.org.uk on web brower, or download Easy Fundraising App then click on Support a Cause, type Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre Oxfordshire into the search box.  Then click on Support this Cause (for the first time you will need to register a login, and then you can set up your favourites so you don’t have to go through this process each time).

You will then be able to select which shop you want to use, eg ebay, John Lewis, M&S, click on that and it will take you directly to your ebay page.  Then it’s shopping as normal!

Wallingford Accessible Boat Club

We are looking forward to trying to organise something next year.

Charity number: 1179179 

Getting disabled and elderly people out on 

the River Thames 

For nature watching, picnicking, fishing or just leisure  boating on the Wallingford stretch.  

Come and enjoy. Meet our Staff  

Team – they couldn’t be friendlier. 

A big welcome awaits you and a trip  

on the glorious River Thames. 

All outings are free of charge – but  

donations large or small welcomed. 

Email: enquiries@wabc.org.uk 

Tel: 0300 365 3655 

Our season: April to September 

(Weather & river conditions permitting). 

We are looking forward to trying to organise something next year.

NEW! UNLIMITED £15 bonus donations for your cause!

 For a limited time only, you’ll earn a £15 bonus donation for Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre Oxfordshire for every new supporter you help sign up*.

You’ll qualify for the bonus as soon as they raise their first £15*.In the lead up to Christmas, more people are shopping online, this means more opportunities to raise FREE donations for your cause.

Plus, when you share your unique referral link, you’ll gain an extra spin in our Spin to Win Giveaway!    

Invite a friend, get £15*!   

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In the lead up to Christmas, it’s the best time to support us and help ensure this year means more! It’s simple and only takes 2 minutes to join!

Plus, for a limited time only, once you’ve raised your first £15 – easyfundraising will match it!

Sign up now: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/omstc/?invite=22UNQQ&referral-campaign=c2s&utm_source=refsharebox  

Temelimab: Early clinical trial suggests potential for remyelination

Results from an early-stage clinical trial suggest that temelimab may promote remyelination and prevent loss of nerve cells.

Information from the MS Trust website: 

The study in brief

Current disease modifying drugs can reduce damage to myelin but can’t stop it completely or repair damage that has already happened. Laboratory studies have indicated that a potential new treatment, temelimab, could promote remyelination. Its potential in people with MS has been assessed in an early clinical trial.

270 people with relapsing remitting MS were recruited. They took one of three doses of temelimab or placebo, given as an intravenous infusion every four weeks. After 24 weeks, people in the placebo group switched to one of the three temelimab doses while those who had started on temelimab remained on their original dose. Treatment continued for up to 96 weeks.

At 24 weeks, there was no difference in the number of active lesions between the three doses of temelimab and placebo. At the end of the study, people who had taken the highest dose of temelimab throughout had fewer T1-hypointense lesions. This type of lesion, also known as a black hole, is associated with MS disability and progression. There was also a reduction in brain tissue loss and improvement in MRI markers of remyelination.

These results suggest that temelimab has little effect on the inflammatory MS activity which is responsible for relapses. However, its effect on MRI markers suggest that it may promote remyelination and prevent loss of nerves. Researchers have set up another study to evaluate temelimab further; this study is underway and results are expected in the first half of 2022.”

You can read more on the MS Trust website here: https://mstrust.org.uk/research/research-updates/211026-temelimab-potential-remyelination

New study shows link between smoking and MS

New research into the impact of smoking on multiple sclerosis (MS) has found that quitting smoking may cause a slowing of mobility deterioration to match the rate of progression in people who’ve never smoked.

Previous studies have shown that smoking can make MS worse. It’s associated with a faster accumulation of disability and could accelerate the transition from relapsing to secondary progressive MS. This study provides further data that smokers’ mobility deteriorates more quickly, compared with non-smokers. This is independent of anxiety and depression – two factors also thought to influence motor deterioration.

Find out more here: https://www.charitytoday.co.uk/research-finds-quitting-smoking-can-slow-…

Are you doing Lateral Flow Tests?

We are all encouraged to get tested frequently because it helps detect the most infectious Covid-19 cases and helps stop the virus spreading.

About 1 in 3 people with Covid-19 do not have symptoms but can still infect others. You can get free regular Covid tests if you do not have symptoms of Covid-19. 

It’s recommended that we all do rapid Lateral Flow Device Covid tests at least twice a week (every 3 to 4 days) to check if we have the virus. If people test positive, they should get a PCR test and self-isolate until they get a negative result, as this helps stop the virus from spreading.

All staff, therapists and volunteers at the Centre regularly do Lateral Flow Tests and we encourage our members to do so too. 

Even if you’re vaccinated, there’s still a chance you can pass Covid-19 on, so you should keep getting tested regularly.

You can order free Covid tests to do at home and keep the people you care about safe, or there are local click and collect centres. They are also freely available from chemists.

However, if you DO have symptoms of Covid-19, you need a different test called a PCR test, which you can book on the Government website.

Please do not attend the Centre if you feel unwell, even with a negative Lateral Flow Test. 

‘Introducing, Selma Blair’

‘Introducing, Selma Blair’ documents Selma Blair’s journey getting HSCT treatment for her MS. In the UK, the documentary is available for streaming on Discovery+ from 21 October. In her documentary, Selma has HSCT for MS. Haematopoietic stem cell transplantation is an intense chemotherapy treatment for MS. It aims to stop the damage MS causes by wiping out and then regrowing your immune system, using your stem cells. Read more about HSCT on the MS Society website here: https://mssoc.uk/3e1Jj4a

Volunteers needed to do a supermarket collection

Volunteers needed to do a supermarket collection at Didcot Tesco for 1.5hr time slots.  We will be inside the store so it will be warm.  Two people needed per slot.  Date: Friday 10th December.  It’s been a difficult financial time for the centre so if you could spare some time to help we would really appreciate it.  Please speak to Sue with your preferred time.