Grant Making Trusts & Major Donors
We would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to the 33 grant-making trusts and other organisations that contributed £214,320 to the Chilterns MS Centre during 2016 – a fantastic 75% increase on grants received in 2015. Each of them helped us to make a positive difference to the lives of local people with MS.
Most of the grants we received were to support our physiotherapy service and other core therapies. During 2016, our dedicated team of therapists delivered 20,754 one-hour treatments and interventions – up by 23% on 2015. We are therefore hugely grateful to the Aylesbury Vale Community Chest for a sixth annual grant towards clinical salaries in 2016/17 and to another trust that generously funds our occupational therapy service. We would also like to thank the 10 trusts and major donors who supported our core costs, as these donations help us to deliver all our vital treatments and support to people with MS and their families.
During 2016 we saw a tremendous growth in demand for all our services. Referral rates doubled to 14-16 new patients every month and we now have almost 500 people registered to use our services. Meeting this demand is only possible thanks to grant-makers as well as individual donors.
We welcome grants towards physiotherapists’ salaries or support for a number of clinical treatments. For example, £3,000 pays for 100 physiotherapy sessions for people with MS, to help them maintain their mobility and independence, and £15,000 covers an average part-time salary for one of our therapists. Our oxygen therapy service is run by volunteers but we still need to raise £13,940 this year for oxygen supplies and equipment maintenance. We are also looking for help with the salary of our Carer Support Co-ordinator, to provide increased hours in response to a 71% increase in requests for help from people caring for a family member with MS.