Club supports MS centre

President of Corby Phoenix Rotary Club  Brian Edkins presents the cheque to Andrew Morley
President of Corby Phoenix Rotary Club Brian Edkins presents the cheque to Andrew Morley

A cheque for £1,000 was recently presented to the Multiple Sclerosis Treatment Centre for Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire by Corby Phoenix Rotary Club’s president, Brian Edkins.

Andrew Morley, who accepted the cheque on behalf of the centre, is a fellow Rotarian and has MS. He said: “It is a great pleasure to be here where I have had some fantastic treatment using the tremendous facilities in place.

“I am doubly pleased that Corby Phoenix has raised this magnificent sum because being totally self funded, the centre now has an added sum to be put toward their annual costs”.

The modern building contains a wealth of tried and tested equipment for the treatment of people with MS to help alleviate the symptoms and delay the progress of the condition.

However, the centre is totally independent from both the MS Society and the NHS and, even though patients are referred from the NHS, the centre relies on raising funds each year to keep it going.

Founded more than 31 years ago the organisation treats more than 1,000 patients in total with 350 from the two counties on a regular basis each week.

More than 30 similar self-funded units are in operation throughout the UK.

The Corby Phoenix project to raise money for MS was the brainchild of Mr Edkins, who said: “I am delighted with the success of our fundraising achieved over the past 12 months and sincerely hope that Andrew and the many others can continue their treatment with the help of this money.”