Local people with MS helped by Bucks Freemasons

Gemma Briggs  |  Published: May 17th 2018
group photo, courtesy chilterns ms centre
Robert Breakwell (Chief Executive of the Chilterns MS Centre, Neil Durrant, Annette Abraminko, Hilary Wright (members of the Centre), Anitha Jacob, Shazia Meraj and Nikky Meeson (physiotherapists at the Centre), Andrew Hough and Barry Sparks from Buckinghamshire Freemasons.

People living with multiple sclerosis (MS) in Buckinghamshire will benefit from a grant of £30,000, which will provide over 850 hours of physiotherapy to members of the Chilterns MS Centre. 

Regular physiotherapy and support can help those with MS to maintain mobility, cope with their disability and achieve an improved quality of life.  On average, the Centre offers 256 hours of physiotherapy a week through one-to-one care and group exercise sessions.  There are just over 110,000 people diagnosed with MS in the UK, and approximately 850 in Buckinghamshire, of which 550 of them are members of the Chilterns MS Centre.

Many people using the Centre feel that it really makes a difference to their everyday lives. One of their members, Sue, said “thanks to the fantastic physiotherapy I have had, I managed to appear in my daughter’s wedding photos without my walking aids.  A year ago that just wouldn’t have been possible, so you can never know how much this means to me.  Thank you for being a lifeline to me and so many others”.

The grant from the Buckinghamshire Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by freemasons, their families and friends, from all across England and Wales.

Robert Breakwell, Chief Executive, said “We are delighted that Buckinghamshire Freemasons have made this very generous grant to support our physiotherapy service.  As a small charity, we rely on grants like this to continue to treat and support people living with MS in the local area, and to keep them independent for as long as possible.”

Barry Sparks, Provincial Grand Secretary for Buckinghamshire Freemasons said: “We’re very pleased to be able to help the Chiltern MS Centre, so do outstanding work for people living with MS. The regular physiotherapy they provide can make a huge difference to their quality of life and extend their capacity for independent living.”

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