Supporting the MS Centre couldn’t be simpler this winter

Help us enter Give as you Live Online’s £10,000 Giveaway before 31st December 2022

Supporting the MS Centre couldn’t be simpler this winter thanks to Give as you Live Online’s winter giveaway, and here’s how you can take part.

Give as you Live Online are giving you the chance to earn a £10 bonus donation on top of the regular free donations you can raise by using their free shopping tool. When you sign up to support MS Therapy Centre Oxfordshire on Give as you Live Online and complete 3 fund-raising shops by the end of the year, they’ll pay us a bonus £10 donation.

Plus, when you use Give as you Live Online, you’ll raise a free donation with almost every purchase you make at over 6,000 stores, including John Lewis & Partners, Argos, Sainsbury’s, Wilko and Booking.com.

For example, if you were to click through Give as you Live Online to do your monthly grocery shopping at Sainsbury’s, you could raise up to 7.5%* of your spend back as a free donation for us. Based on a click and collect shop of £100 per month, you could raise an extra £35 a year for us, for free! Plus, there’s no limit to how much you can raise.

Getting the free £10 donation

Signing up is easy:

  1. Click the button below to be taken to our charity page on Give as you Live Online, and click ‘Sign up’
  2. Sign up for an account. You’ll only need to provide your name and email address
  3. Complete 3 shops by the end of December. As well as a £10 bonus donation, you’ll earn a donation on each shop.

https://www.giveasyoulive.com/join/omstc?utm_source=charitytoolkit&utm_content=76094&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=CT10kGiveawayCampaign

Terms and conditions *Calculation of £35 a year is based on 1 £100 shop as a new customer using click and collect at 7.5%, and 11 subsequent shops as an existing customer using click and collect at 2.5%. Rates are subject to change at retailer’s discretion.

MS Society webinar: Talks with MS – Men’s Voices and MS, 19 October

Talks with MS are proud to host this webinar in partnership with the MS Society to discuss different aspects of MS in the Black community. This month they will be celebrating Black History month with a webinar from the perspective of men living with MS.

Date: Wednesday 19 October

Time: 6.30pm to 7.30pm

They’ll be joined by a panel of men living with MS who’ll be sharing their experiences. The webinar will involve conversations around relationships & managing MS symptoms.

Book now by clicking here:

This session is organised by national MS charity, the MS Society. You can find out more about them by visiting their website at www.mssociety.org.uk

Come and tell the MS Trust your views

A message from national charity, the MS Trust:

If you live with MS, or love or care for someone with MS, the MS Trust would like to hear from you!

The MS Trust is keen to hear from all people who have MS in their lives, to understand how our information and services can better serve the MS community, so that all information and services for the MS community are co-designed with the MS community.

Workshop

The MS trust is running a ‘Have your Say’ workshop at the Berkshire MS Therapy Centre on Wednesday 9 November, and you’re invited to join us between 11am and 12.30pm to tell us what you think.

This is a great opportunity for the MS community to speak out on issues about MS. In return for your input the MS Trust will be providing £10 shopping vouchers to all those who participate in the workshop.

How to take part

If you would like to attend, please email claire@bmstc.org or call 0118 901 6000 with any queries.

Kadeena Cox speaks out about people questioning her disability

Britain’s Paralympic gold medallist Kadeena Cox, who has MS, says living with hidden disabilities can feel like “fighting a losing battle” because of negative reactions from people.

She says people have accused her of “faking” her disability and questioned why she is using blue badge parking.

Cox was speaking after new research by Bupa, Paralympics GB’s new official healthcare partner, and disability equality charity Scope, into the experiences of people with disabilities, impairments and conditions. The research shows 83% of people with less visible conditions experience a lack of understanding and negative attitudes when accessing public spaces.

You can read the full article about Kadeena’s experiences and the results of the research here.

There is also an interesting interview on the BBC website with Lina Nielsen, GB 400m hurdler, who has recently spoken out about living with MS. You can view the interview here.

MS-UK Online session – Getting the best from exercise in sitting – Monday 24 October

This information session from Dr Gretchen Hawley will focus on seated exercises, demonstrating how using a seated position to practise exercises can be a good alternative to standing.

Date: Monday 24 October

Time: 2pm to 3pm

The session is for everyone, so whether you want to add variation to your current exercise routine and perform some new challenging exercises from sitting or you are a wheelchair user and want to know some great exercises to work the core and upper body, then please join us for this session.

Book now by clicking here.

This session is organised by national MS charity, MS-UK. You can find out more about them by visiting their website at www.ms-uk.org

Click here to book your space

MS Society Webinar: Using Meditation to Deal with Overwhelm – 10 October

10 October is World Mental Health Day and the theme this year is ‘Make mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority’.

In this session we will explore how meditation can help us to solve our daily problems, particularly around feelings of being overwhelmed.

Date: 10 October

Time: 11am

Michelle who is a trained meditation teacher will:

• Help you to understand what meditation is and what its benefits are in dealing with difficult emotions

• Show you how to meditate

• Give you tips on how to apply what you have learnt to your everyday lives

The session will consist of a brief talk and short guided mediation. You don’t need to know anything about meditation. This session is equally suitable for newcomers and those with some experience of meditation. You do not need any special equipment to take part in the session.

After the meditation there will be an opportunity to discuss how meditation can help us to manage overwhelm.

Book now by clicking here

This session is organised by national MS charity the MS Society. You can find out more about them by visiting their website at www.mssociety.org.uk

100 club winners

September winners:

Sandra Pearce 1st prize

Trevor Dew 2nd prize

Peter Pearce 3rd prize

sharing a prize fund of £82.50

Marathon runner update

Unfortunately MS National who allocated the place failed to register our runner which is extremely frustrating for us and the runner as we only found out at the beginning of September.  MS National have guaranteed her a place next year, so her fundraising is still valid and ongoing.  For those that have sponsored her and paid thank you very much, for those that have sponsored her and not paid you have 2 options, pay as if she is running the London marathon in a week’s time or wait and pay when she runs it next year.   

Oxygen Tank

The oxygen tank is out of action and needs some maintenance.  We are hoping it will be back in operation on Thursday 6th October.  I realise this is very frustrating and would like to apologise.  We are working to get it fixed asap.

Shift:ms Buddy Network

The Buddy Network is the peer support service run by national charity Shift:ms that connects people newly diagnosed with MS to a Buddy, an ‘experienced’ person with MS, to lend a listening ear.

Shift:ms believe that chatting with people like you helps you listen, adapt and take charge. MS doesn’t mean giving up on your ambitions, just rethinking how to achieve them.

People with MS have significantly higher rates of loneliness than healthy adults. Acute or chronic health concerns present barriers for people with MS to engage in social connections and maintain social bonds.

People with MS who are matched with a Buddy report feeling less empty, generally having more people around they can turn to for support and that they feel closer to these people and less rejected by others.

If you think you would benefit from chatting to an experienced person with MS, please click here or email hello@shift.ms