West Berkshire Therapy Centre

Medicotech Managing Director, Shukri Mansour, handing over the new exercise machine to Therapy Centre Director, John Holt
Medicotech Managing Director, Shukri Mansour, handing over the new exercise machine to Therapy Centre Director, John Holt.

West Berkshire's unique community Therapy Centre has taken delivery of a third power-assisted full body exerciser, bought with the help of The Colefax Trust, Rotary Club of Hungerford, Medicotech and the Centre's grateful clients.

The Centre is at Clerewater Place, off Lower Way, Thatcham and opened in April this year, the opening hours having increased from 20 to 26 hours a week as the numbers of people with either slow moving muscles and joints or physical or sensory disabilities in need of help to take exercise continues to grow. All the equipment is power-assisted, providing gentle, repeated movement, with disabled users adding their own energy if they are able. The Centre's existing full body exercisers have interactive displays that help users to balance control of their legs, very important for safer walking. These machines are so heavily used it became essential for the Centre to acquire a third, identical machine, which was delivered this week.

The Centre runs on a not-for-profit basis and is supported by local voluntary groups including for MS, Parkinson's and Fibromyalgia, also helping a very wide range of disabling conditions including blind and partially sighted people and those recovering from strokes or surgery. The Centre is one of the Mayor of Thatcham's charities of the year and its main backers include West Berkshire Neurological Alliance, West Berkshire Public Health Department and the Gerald Palmer Eling Trust. The Centre takes either clinical or self-referrals and its staff and volunteers welcome calls from anyone who would like to make an appointment to tour the facilities and see first hand how the service can help disabled people to keep more mobile and safe.