Registered Charity No. 1164954
News & Upcoming Events
We are delighted to report grants from One Family Foundation, Keep Berkshire Active, Berkshire Nurses and Relief in Sickness Trust and the West Berkshire Community Fund, to help with equipment upgrades, IT and general resilience. Our very warmest thanks go to all these organisations for their support.
We have completely revised our layout to ensure that we can maintain 2 metre social distancing throughout, which is vital to protect the health needs of our clients, many of whom are either elderly or health-vulnerable. Much thought has gone into every aspect about how the Centre must operate in light of Covid-19. Our clients all seem to appreciate how we have tackled this to ensure their safety.
New Patron - Richard Benyon
West Berkshire Therapy Centre is delighted to announce that Richard Benyon has agreed to become a Patron alongside existing Patrons Lady Anne Hallifax, Jacqueline Scoins-Cass MBE and Professor Christine Collins FRCP. Mr Benyon is a former MP for Newbury, a Trustee of the Englefield Charitable Trust, holds several directorships and is an ardent supporter of numerous charitable ventures.
Newbury Bridge Club
Newbury Bridge Club have come up Trumps with their annual Charity efforts for 2019.
Santa Fun Run 2019
Hazel. Mike and Norman turned out on a cool 1st December Sunday morning to urge on over 160 Santa Fun runners, who ran around Newbury's streets to raise funds for Newbury Rotary Club's chosen charities,
of which we are delighted to be one.
Two grants awarded in a month
In the space of a week, West Berkshire Therapy Centre is delighted to have been awarded a grant of £3,000 from Greenham Common Trust
and separately £5,000 from Berkshire Community Foundation.
David Wilson Homes Charity of the Month
On 21st August we were delighted that Fiona Smith and Adele Kelly visited the Centre and presented us with a cheque from
David Wilson Homes, being their August Charity of the Month.
Newbury Bridge Club - Annual charity night
On 16th August Newbury Bridge Club held its annual charity night, which raised close to £4,000 for our Centre!
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!
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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
[ read more... ]
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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After my stroke in February 2014 I attended a consultation at the West Berks Therapy Centre at Clerewater Place with Tom. This was just before you opened for the first time. I was unable to walk or move my left leg. l was assessed and started an intensive period of training required to get me walking as l had to walk my daughter down the aisle in June 2014 - a target which was achieved due to the exercises and development of my muscles with the use of the motorised machines available.
I can't say thank you enough for your help and support during this time.
I have a new target of walking my other daughter down the aisle in March 2017 without a stick and with your continued help and support l will easily achieve this.
I highly recommend West Berks Therapy Centre to others. With continued use and support, targets can be achieved!
... extremely impressed by the equipment and the advantage it will give our members. We would like to go ahead for a 3 month subscription for 10 members, and hopefully this will increase in time. Secretary, Berkshire Branch of British Polio.
Due to the real benefit our members are gaining and to enable continuity for our members, Parkinson's Newbury would like to increase the two, hourly sessions we have a week to four sessions a week. Chairman, Newbury & District Branch of Parkinson's UK.
We all thought it was GREAT. Chairman, Reading Fibromyalgia support network, following a trial of the equipment with two colleagues.
My husband really enjoys it! Very impressed with the facilities Wife of a man with PSP (progressive supranuclear palsy).
My leg would not move following my stroke 12 weeks ago. Now it is starting to move. I couldn't have done it without you Stroke survivor whose therapy is primarily the use of TheraVital cycling equipment.
The TheraVital equipment is helping me to learn for the first time how to compensate properly for my weak leg. I had always thought it was my other leg that was weak! Client with a neurological condition of over 40 years duration that doctors have been unable to diagnose.
It's exhilarating to be able to take exercise safely at last, something everyone else takes for granted. Retired lady who has been blind since birth.
I've noticed that everyone leaves smiling. Regular client with longstanding knee joint problems who also reports that her friends have commented how much better I am now walking'.
I can now walk up my stairs again. Client with lung problems (two other clients with different conditions since said the same).
I can now drive my wife's manual car again. Client with neurological problems.
I have lost 10kg and my diabetes consultant is amazed. Morbidly obese client with amputations caused by diabetes.
Already I have lost eight pounds in weight and am now heading in the right direction. Former athlete recovering from multiple health setbacks causing massive weight gain.
My clothes that were tight last year are now loose due to losing weight. Lady with morbid obesity that restricts her working hours.
Normally all I can do is hop around indoors. Here I can exercise vigorously and safely; it's great. One-legged, hence overweight client.
My shoulder is moving so much better now. Client with longstanding accident damage.
I peeled a potato without realising what I had just done. I've not been able to do that for years. Client with rheumatoid arthritis.
I can now reach one shelf higher in my kitchen! Client with multiple health problems.
It's really making me think about how I walk. I feel so much more confident. TheraVital cycling machine user with one-sided leg weakness.
I never used to go out at all until I started to come here; I love it. Client with a history of multiple hospitalisations and health issues and very low social confidence. Very appreciative stroke survivor with a two-word vocabulary.
In June 2014 I was introduced to West Berkshire Therapy Centre. Within two months my pain was reduced and within a further two months I was able to walk distances using just one crutch. I can now drive and visit the supermarkets. I am now independent. Lady stuck at home following hip and spine surgery in 2007 and 2010.
Totally worth travelling the distance but I wish there was a centre closer Parkinsons client who travels from reading twice a week.
I really notice a decline in my mobility when I don't come for a week Client with Multiple Sclerosis
I've noticed a huge improvement in how I feel generally since I've attended the gym Client with Multiple Sclerosis
My husband has definitely noticed a change in my mood since starting here Client with Multiple Sclerosis
I walked round the shops to do my Christmas shopping, last year I did it in a wheel chair, thank you! Client suffering from severe Osteoarthritis