Neuromuscular Centre Midlands – What we do
NMC Midlands is a charity set up to offer support to people with muscular dystrophy and other muscle wasting diseases in the Midlands region. There are 70,000 people with muscle wasting disease over the UK and around 12,000 of these are in the Midlands region alone.
People with these conditions experience a significant reduction in the amount of physiotherapy they receive from the NHS after turning the age of 19. The correct physiotherapy is essential to people with muscle wasting diseases as it maintains mobility and reduces the rate of muscle deterioration. One of the main services NMC Midlands offers is free and continuous specialist physiotherapy for people with these conditions. In addition we have services available to offer support for other areas of life that become challenging to people with muscle wasting diseases. To find out more about the wide range of services we have on offer and on how to get in touch with us please click here.
Sion Simon, MEP for the West Midlands, visits NMC Midlands
On 28th March 2015, MEP for the West Midlands Sion Simon, visited NMC Midlands to meet service users, staff and supporters and see first-hand our therapy in action and the difference it makes for service users and their families.
Sion was interested to hear about the development of the Centre, based upon the model of best practice pioneered by NMC Winsford in Cheshire, and the need to provide condition specific therapy for patients across the Midlands without the barrier of hours of travel. He heard about the sterling efforts of the original Trustees and supporters who, with the help of Muscular Dystrophy UK and NMC Cheshire, fundraised and managed to develop the Centre, investing in specialist equipment and facilities allowing the Centre to provide therapy for patients across the range of neuromuscular conditions.
Current service users spoke to Sion and told him about how the therapies provided at NMC Midlands had impacted upon their lives and the management of their condition. Andy Collins, who has FSH Muscular Dystrophy, told Sion how the regular therapy provided meant that he now had significantly fewer falls, was able to maintain his mobility and independence, as well as retaining a positive outlook on the management of his condition.
Sion was also interested to hear about the way the Centre was funded, the amazing fundraisers and supporters, and the role the NHS and Clinical Commissioning Groups should play in funding such services. Sion has promised to stay in touch with the Centre and support its engagement with the NHS to ensure that more patients with neuromuscular conditions can access such life changing services.
The Coventry Half Marathon 2015
Here is a picture of some of our fantastic fundraising runners, after the Coventry Half Marathon on Sunday 1st March 2015.
This looks to have been one of our most successful events to date, bringing in nearly £3,000 from our fantastic runners and those who supported them.
Well done to all of the fundraisers that took part and thank you for your incredible efforts!
New Lead Physiotherapist Joins NMC Midlands
Click on the link below to read about our new Lead Physiotherapist:
New Extended Hours for Therapy at NMC Midlands
Click on the link below to view our new extended treatment hours:
Obituary for Steve Miles an NMC service user
It with sad hearts that we heard of the recent death of Steve Miles. Click on the link below to read his obituary:
Looking for something a little different to do for charity this year? Then this may be the event for you…!!
The Color Run™, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique colour race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, individuality, and giving back to the community. Less about your 10-minute-mile and more about having the time of your life.
The Color Run is a five-kilometre, un-timed race in which thousands of participants are doused from head to toe in different colours at each kilometre. The fun continues at the finish line with a gigantic “Color Festival,” using more coloured powder to create happiness and lasting memories, not to mention millions of vivid colour combinations.
With only two rules, the idea is easy to follow:
1. Wear white at the starting line
2. Finish plastered in colour
Run details and signing up:
Location: NEC, Birmingham
Date: August 15th 2015
Solo Runners/Walkers: £30.99 per person
Team Runners/Walkers: £28.99 per person (minimum of 4 people per team.)
To register: visit thecolorrun.co.uk/Birmingham to sign up today!
NMC Midlands will support you with every step of your fundraising from sign up and online fundraising pages to materials, running shirts and online promotion. What more could you ask for? All we ask is that each team member raises a minimum of £100 to support our vital services for people with muscular dystrophy.
To fundraise for NMC Midlands today, please contact our fundraising team on 02476 426 084 or email us.
Join the Midlands’s leading half-marathon, and take to the streets of Birmingham city centre, passing major landmarks, cheered on by thousands of supporters, and with live music from bands en route to help every step of the way.
We provide support with your fundraising from the day you sign up, helping you set up your online fundraising page and plan other fundraising ideas. We will provide materials, running shirts and promote your fundraising online and in the press where possible.
1. A payment of £35 is required to enter the Great Birmingham Run, which is open for entries now. Visit here to register.
2. We ask all our team members to raise a minimum of £100 to support vital services for people with muscular dystrophy. To join the NMC Midlands team today, please contact our fundraising team on 02476 426 084 or email us.