Grant Making Trusts & Major Donors
We would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to the 27 grant-making trusts and foundations that contributed £122,531 to the Chilterns MS Centre during 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 2015, our dedicated team of therapists delivered 12,186 one-hour treatments and interventions – up by 6% on 2014. We are therefore hugely grateful to the Aylesbury Vale Community Chest for a fifth annual grant towards clinical salaries in 2015-16, and to another trust that generously funds our occupational therapy service. We would also like to thank all the trusts and major donors who support our core costs regularly, as these donations help us to plan our expenditure.
Our new therapy centre, opened in 2012, was built and equipped with tremendous contributions from grant-makers and from our local community. Now our fundraising focus is on running costs to ensure we can offer these fantastic facilities to as many people with MS as possible. We are currently welcoming more than 440 people for weekly treatments and referrals are growing at the rate of 8 or 9 new patients every month. Meeting this demand is only possible thanks to grants as well as individual donations.
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 around £11,000 this year for oxygen supplies and equipment maintenance. We are also looking for help with the salary of our Carers’ Co-ordinator, who ran five courses and social events for carers last year, and responded to 1,515 requests for help by phone, email and face-to-face.
From all our centre users, volunteers, staff and trustees, an enormous thank you to all the grant-making trusts and generous major donors who have already supported our work.