It is with regret that I have to report that Beryl Slater passed away on Monday.  Beryl was the Founder Member of the MS Centre in 1984.  She was Honorary Treasurer until 1990 when the Centre became a Limited Company and has remained a Trustee and Member of the Management Committee.   Beryl passed away peacefully at home on 6th January, it would of been her 91st birthday in on 11th February.  The photo attached was taken in December when Clive (former Chair), Dave and Sue had a lovely afternoon tea with Beryl at her home in Didcot.  There is a sympathy card on the table at the centre for people to sign.  Funeral arrangements are not known yet.
Beryl was a real personality and always had the Centre’s best interests at heart.  She will be sorely missed, especially by Sue.  The Centre would not be here without her.   Very sad news.

100 club winners December

Chris Webb

Geoff Fewings

Babs Copley

Sharing a total prize fund of £82.50

Why not join the 100 club when you renew your 2020 membership.  Please ask for details.  Thank you to all those currently in the 100 club.

Half of disability benefits appeals won in tribunal court

Source BBC: One in two people who appealed in court against a decision to deny them disability benefits were successful, analysis of five years of data shows.

In total, more than 550,000 people won an appeal over their benefits at tribunal between 2013 and 2018.

Ann Barker, who has bipolar disorder, said she was tempted to give up, but had twice fought a decision at tribunal and won.

The government said only around 5% of disability decisions were overturned.

Benefits assessments are carried out on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) by the private contractors Capita, the Independent Assessment Services (formerly called Atos) and Maximus.

The success rates showed benefits assessments were beset by “poor decision-making” and “obvious inaccuracies”, charities said.

In 2018, the Commons Work and Pensions Committee said failings in disability benefits assessments had led to a “pervasive lack of trust” in the system. It said ministers should consider taking the process back in-house.  Read on.

The MS Society is excited to announce their 13 new MS research projects

Source MS Society: Virtual reality, wearable robots and magnetic brain stimulation. Technology is at the forefront of 13 new research projects we’ve just announced.

Each year we run a competition to choose the best MS research projects from across the UK. This year we’ve committed to raise £1.3 million to fund 13 exciting new research projects.

The projects include research on MS progression, and studies exploring new technologies to manage MS symptoms.  Read on. 

Appointments cancelled by EMAIL

Please DO NOT cancel appointments by Email.  Please telephone the centre and if no-one is in leave a message.  If Sue is not in emails are not checked and Sue is only part-time so are they are not checked everyday.  If an appointment is cancelled by email and a message has not been left on the phone a donation for that appointment will be requested.

November 100 Club Winners

November 100 club winners:
1st John Day winning £40

2nd Philip Hicks winning £24

3rd Julia Gower winning £16

Well done, see Dave for winnings.

Sue Webb’s Funeral

Chris has let me know that Sue’s funeral will take place on Wednesday 11th at mid-day, Oxford Crem and after at Hawkwell House, Ifley.  Family flowers only, donations to the Centre.

Thank you Nick Mellish

Thank you to Nick Mellish for coming over from Oxford and;

a) reading my blog!

b) donating a lovely lightweight wheelchair for use in the gym

Afternoon Tea

Dave Webb and Sue had a lovely afternoon tea with Beryl Slater, our founder and Clive Arup, past Chair, along with Jill Goodall.   It was so lovely to see them all again.

Centre Opening Hours during the Christmas Holidays

Christmas Opening Hours:

Normal until Fri 20th December

Monday 23rd December   – Oxygen only

Tuesday 24th, Wednesday 25th, Thursday 26th – CLOSED

Friday 27th – Oxygen and Massage

Monday 30th – Oxygen only

Tuesday 31st December, Wednesday 1st, Thursday 2nd January – CLOSED

Friday 3rd January –  Oxygen and Massage

Monday 6th January – back to normal