West Berkshire Therapy Centre – latest news

West Berkshire Therapy Centre is a specialised therapy gym and award-winning charity based at The Frank Hutchins Hall in Thatcham that helps people with mobility impairments keep moving and independent.

January 2022 News

The Trustees, Staff and Clients at the Therapy Centre would like to thank Thatcham Town Council for their kind donation of £1,000 to help us make sure all our clients can afford our services.

November 2021 News

A fund-raising opportunity with a difference has been presented to West Berkshire Therapy Centre and it might appeal to any music lover.

The Trustees are delighted to be the first charity to benefit from sales of a recent music album by The J K Project. Individual tracks or the entire hour-long album can be downloaded here to keep forever, available for a charitable donation to West Berkshire Therapy Centre of £1 per track or £7-10 for the complete set. For those who prefer, a CD is available by post for £8.95. The album is a rich mix of country, folk, easy listening, soft rock, punk, electro, disco, country bop, funk, rock’n’roll, reggae, showtime, prog rock and jazz; to name a few! Hence the album name ‘Eclectasy’.

You can also support us for free by shopping online through #easyfundraising. 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! Please sign up here.

August 2021 News

Thanks to everyone’s support in helping us reach our funding target of £18,425 to help us develop a power-assisted exercise service for those affected by Long-covid. We are expecting referrals of over 100 people affected.

We were delighted to re-open on 25 July 2021 with full safety measures in place. Our new physiotherapist, Anna Nicolau Torrent, is on hand to carry out any reassessments that will be needed following such a long period of clients having been less active than normal and our other staff and volunteers will be there to explain and reassure as always.

During our enforced lock down we kept all our eight part-time staff on the payroll and they are delighted to welcome back as many clients as possible to help restore and maintain mobility and independence.

June 2021 News

West Berkshire Therapy Centre has been given a fantastic double match funding opportunity from the Good Exchange to help develop a power-assisted exercise service for those affected by Long-covid. We expect over 100 such referrals this year from local doctors.

Already we have many offers of financial support, but we need more, please, to reach our target of £18,000. Please click here to support us. The first £5,000 banked on 18/19 June will be double match funded, turning your £10 into £30.

In these two days of giving we aim to raise over £18,000 to fund a service to help people with Long-covid to recover faster using our power-assisted exercise equipment and we will produce a report about the difference that power-assisted exercise can make to those with Long-covid.

We are also using our power-assisted equipment to demonstrate how we can help people achieve things despite their limitations:

• Catherine is ‘rowing’ the equivalent of the English Channel, using our seated rower.

• Iwona is hiking the equivalent of the climb to the summit of Scafell Pike.

• Norman is ‘skiing’, power-assisted, the equivalent a Nordic championship course.

• John is ‘cycling’ a stage of the Tour de France, ‘rowing’ the University Boat Race course and ‘scaling’ the height of the world’s highest building, all power-assisted.

• Sara is swimming ‘The Catalina Channel between Santa Catalina Island and Los Angeles’ (SwimTag challenge). She is using the Tadley pool because our hydrotherapy pool hasn’t been built yet!

For more information please visit westberkshiretherapycentre.org.uk or follow us on facebook.

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