Registered Charity No. 1164954
News & Upcoming Events
Boules in the Market Place
For the fourth year in a row, volunteers from the Centre manned a stall in Newbury Market Place when the annual Rotary Boules event took place on 9th June. [more]
Our Fifth Anniversary!
Over 100 staff, volunteers, clients and invited guests joined us on 1st April to celebrate five years of providing our service. In that time we have helped over 1,000 clients, have provided over 50,000 individual exercise sessions and in our best ever week recently we provided 294 individual sessions that week.
2018 Year-end roundup news
A fantastic collection of news of donations and fundraising through:
- Greenham Common Trust
- Christmas Raffle
- Aldermaston & Wasing Show
Waitrose Featured Charity of the month - October 2018
We will be one of the featured charities of Waitrose Thatcham throughout October. We want to encourage as many people as possible who shop at Waitrose to put their green tokens in our box. We will get a share of £1,000 (split between three charities) at the end of the month!
Aldermaston & Wasing Show
A team of eleven volunteers manned our annual stall at the Aldermaston & Wasing Show on a sunny 1st September, raising just over £150, raising awareness and making many useful contacts with those in need of our service. Well done and thank you to everyone involved!
Rotary Club Boules Event, Newbury
On 10th June members of the fund-raising team manned our stall at the annual Boules event in Newbury Market Place, organised by Newbury Rotary Club.
Aldermaston & Wasing Show
On 2nd September eight WBTC volunteers helped to set up and man our stall at the 75th Aldermaston and Wasing Show. We were one of two charities of the year being supported by the Show organisers and we look forward to receiving a share of the proceeds of their renowned 'Duck Race' once the outcome of the event is known.
Another Quiz Night on 25th August raised a wonderful £620. Thanks to Catherine, Margaret and David for organising the event, also to the Conservative Club that provided the venue at no charge, to the caterers, to everyone who donated raffle prizes and to the 75 plus who attended on the night, making a very successful evening all round. The questions were tough, meaning that many teams spent much of the evening looking thoughtful, doubtful or unsure and everyone deserved a prize for trying. There were a lot of 'prize winners' as three teams had to share the wooden spoon!
Masonic Charity help
We are delighted that volunteers from the Berkshire Masonic Charity have not only decorated our staff room but have also now assembled some storage units so that the staff room is finally a more comfortable and less cluttered place for staff and volunteers to take their breaks. Many thanks to the hard-working Berkshire Masonic Volunteer Team, cheerfully led by Mike.
St James's Place Foundation Gant
We are most grateful to the St James's Place Foundation for a grant of £500 towards further equipment that we need to purchase in response to ideas from those using our service. We are seeking further capital funds, sufficient to buy an Ultrasonic Relaxer Chair, also to upgrade some of our range of existing chairs with interactive technology.
Masonic Charitable Foundation Votes Needed!
We need your vote! Help us win up to £25,000 by voting in the MCF Community Awards
June 2017 - Queen's Award!!
On 2nd June 2017 the London Gazette announced that West Berkshire Therapy Centre has been awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, just three years after first starting its service. The award is equivalent to an MBE for a voluntary organisation!
West Berkshire Therapy Centre is delighted to have been adopted by the Aldermaston and Wasing Show as one of this year's two chosen charities
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We are delighted to have received further grant aid from two sources this month: Firstly £2,000 from Englefield Trust, followed by £4,000 from Berkshire Community Foundation, all to help us with general running costs and developing our service. We are immensely grateful for the opportunities these grants provide, to help us further to improve the way we make a difference for our clients.
We are most grateful to the Berkshire Masonic Charity for providing a team of volunteers to fit new blinds and to decorate our staff room with paint supplied by Berkshire Community Foundation. We are most grateful for these acts of practical help, improving the operating and working environment for our clients and staff, following their earlier support in helping to fund our automatic door opener.
Once again we were on the streets of Newbury, this time with the help of Newbury Branch of David Clulow Opticians, courtesy of the Branch Director, Scott Waters, who sponsored our gazebo ... [ read more ]
A big thank you to Rotary Club of Newbury for allowing us pride of place next to the French Boules event they held in Newbury Market Place on Sunday 26th June ... [ read more ]
West Berkshire Therapy Centre New Home!
West Berkshire Therapy Centre has moved to its new home! ... [ read more ]
West Berkshire Therapy Centre march on!
West Berkshire Therapy Centre has announced that it has been awarded registered charity status at the same time that is to relocate to much larger premises at Frank Hutchins Hall in Thatcham on 1st April 2016, just two years after first opening.
Race Night - Thursday 29th October
Our Race Night raised a wonderful £878 for the Centre! Many thanks to everyone who helped organise the event, attended on the night or provided raffle prizes and support
Reducing the risk of pressure sores for wheelchair users
Staff at the Therapy Centre invited the NHS Wheelchair and Seating Service to hold a 'surgery' at the Centre ... [ read more ]
Relocation of West Berkshire Therapy Centre
We are moving in October from Clerewater Place to our new address!
Charity Event success!
We are delighted to have received a cheque for £4,500 from Donnington Valley Golf Club, money raised on their charity day on 18th July. It is super to have so much support from the local golfing community. Thank you to everyone who took part and helped make the event such a success and thanks to those of our service users who proposed us to be a beneficiary of this wonderful event.
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How Can I Help?
Our success depends upon the support of a wide range of organisations and individuals. The easiest way to help is with a donation using our safe, secure Paypal facility below. We greatly appreciate your donations.
The donation process includes a Gift Aid form for UK taxpayers. This lets us collect 25p for every £1 you donate.
We encourage support groups, charities addressing those who would benefit from hydrotherapy and/or a PAEG, sports clubs and any others who feel a strong affinity with our aims and objectives to get in touch. We want to hear of your needs, your experiences, your ideas. Some of our stakeholders wish to become shareholders and trustees, helping to shape how our Therapy Centre should be built and run.
Having set up the power-assisted exercise gym we continue to look for land or premises to create a hydrotherapy pool alongside. We are seeking substantial donations of capital from charitable trusts and other organisations.
We have a 'Friends of West Berkshire Therapy Centre' fund, seeking donations to assist us to run the centre and to subsidise needy users.
There is a huge amount of work to do to run the Therapy Centre. Right now we are especially seeking professional skills. Our top priorities are the following:
- Volunteers to man the phone, take bookings and keep records
- Volunteers to help clients to position themselves on the equipment and show them how it works
If you have time to spare and would like to help then please contact us.