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Leeds donates £975 to MS Therapy Centre

Leeds Building Society has made a £975 donation to a charity based in Reading providing emotional and physical support to people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). 

The Berkshire Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre has used the donation, from the Society’s Charitable Foundation, to purchase 15 oxygen masks.

These will help people with MS to manage their symptoms of fatigue, incontinence, balance, numbness and pain.   

Kirsten Shakeri, Fundraising and Admin Support Worker at The Berkshire MS Therapy Centre, said: “We are incredibly grateful for the donation of £975 to purchase 15 oxygen masks. We are completely self-funded and the Centre costs approximately £400,000 per annum to run.

“We have seen a huge increase in the number of people turning to us for support and thank you to Leeds Building Society for their help.”

Cherie Beal, Customer Service Adviser at Leeds Building Society’s Reading branch, visited The Berkshire MS Therapy Centre to meet their staff, members, volunteers and tour the Centre. She also viewed members being treated in the Oxygen Chamber.

Cherie said: “We are delighted to make this donation and support The Berkshire MS Therapy Centre

“As a building society, we are owned by our members and are pleased to support good causes in the communities where we and our members live and work.”

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Notes to Editors

Cherie Beal is pictured (right) with Sue Smith (MS Member, left) at the Oxygen Chamber.

Cherie Beal is pictured (right) with Sue Smith (MS Member, left) at the Oxygen Chamber.

The Berkshire Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre is at Bradbury House, 23a August End, Brock Gardens, Reading, RG30 2JP.

Leeds Building Society’s Reading branch is at 10 Cross Street, Reading, RG1 1SN.

Leeds Building Society has 65 branches throughout the UK, Gibraltar and Ireland and assets of £14.9bn (at 30th June 2016). The Society has operated from the centre of Leeds since 1886.