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       NEWSLETTER
Issue No. 82                                                            May / June 2011

DIARY of EVENTS                                 SAINSBURY’S COLLECTION
                                                                   2011
    There is no meeting at                      O ur col le ct i on at S a ins b ur y’s,
    Hamilton House in Ma y                    Dunc h urc h Ro a d , Rug b y wi ll b e o n:
  We look forward to seeing you at                   Saturday, 18th June
         OUR 2011 AGM
                                                          Dr. Joe Douse
                         nd
       on Sunday, 22          May
                                                   ART EXHIBITION
at The Arnold Restaurant, Rugby
Full details posted out to all                             and SALE
members early May
                                                 at Dunchurch Village Hall

TUESDAY, 14 t h JUNE                                                 on
starting 7.30    PM                                   13 t h and 14 t h August
at H amilt on Hous e, Bilton Road, Rugb y
                                            In the previous New sletter it w as
        OPEN FORUM                          mistakenly stated that the
                                            Exhibition and Sale would also be
Discussions on ‘what now’ and               o n t h e 1 2 t h Au g u s t . T h i s w a s
priorities – also on articles               incorrect – Dr. Joe w ill in fact be
or new s in the magazine                    setting up the exhibition on that
‘MS Matters’ that people                    Friday. He is looking for volunteers
would like to air.                          to help w ith putting up the display
               3 3 3 3 3                    boards and pictures – also taking
                                            t h e m d ow n a f t e r t h e e v e n t .
TUESDAY, 12 t h JULY
                                            On the Saturday and Sunday, help
starting 7.30    PM
                                            is also needed selling the pictures,
at H amilt on Hous e, Bilton Road, Rugb y   making refreshments (tea, coffee,
      REFLEXOLOGY                           squash, etc) and selling raffle
                                            tickets.
 Talk and demonstration by
     Agatha Rotherham                       If you are able to help and have not
                                            already done so, please contact
                                            M a r g a r e t Ac k r o y d o n 0 1 7 8 8 5 3 7 8 4 1
Please note, there will be no
 meeting at Hamilton House                  She w ill then pass on a list of
         in August                          volunteers to Dr. Joe.
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F r o m y o u r E d i t o r, M i k e A c k r o y d
THE CURRENT MS NURSE SITUATION
Some of you have told me that there seem to be some changes in the way that the MS Nurse
Service operates, so I have been in touch with Jeanette Spicer for an update about this.
When Jeanette replied on 12th April she told me that she was working on her own as Wendy was
on leave for 3 weeks and Sylvia is on maternity leave (which can last up to 12 months). So they
will still be working at two-thirds capacity even when Wendy is back, until Sylvia returns from
maternity leave.
The MS nurses are not able to man the phone line while they are on their own, due to clinic
commitments etc. Even when Wendy is back there are going to be occasions when they are not
able to man the phone line due to extra clinics, study leave and other commitments within the
hospital. There will therefore be occasions when calls will not be retrieved and the answerphone
message advises patients to consult their GP for symptom management and contact their
neurologist’s secretary for advice regarding appointments. If their problem is urgent, patients
should always contact their GP first as even when fully staffed, the MS nurses may not be able to
retrieve voicemail messages on the day they are left.
The MS Nurses are still able to make occasional home visits but these are only in exceptional
circumstances, usually at the request of the consultant neurologist, as obviously doing one home
visit takes much longer than seeing patients in clinic. They have not been able to secure clinics in
other hospitals apart from the University Hospital, Coventry.
I hope that this clarifies the situation but, if you still have a query, please let me know and I will
contact the MS Nurses again for you.
The above article as been approved by Jeanette Spicer – Email dated 13.04.2011
The contact telephone number for the MS Nurses is on Page 10

MOTABILITY CARS – some information
I c a me acr oss t he f ollo wi ng art ic l e i n t he W inte r 2 01 0 B ull et in of W ar wick s hir e
W el far e Rig ht s Ad v ice S er vic e. H op e f ully t h os e o f yo u wit h Mot a bili ty s ch e m e
vehic les will n ev e r fin d y o urs elv es i n t he sit u at io n d esc rib ed – b ut , jus t in c ase,
ta ke n ot e.
Q. My award of DLA higher rate Mobility has just come up for renewal and has been refused by
   the Disability Benefits Unit. I know I can appeal but my car is provided by the Motability
   scheme. What will happen to my Motability car?
A. “Motability” is a not-for-profit charity set up to help people with limited mobility. Those awarded
   DLA higher rate Mobility for at least a year can use the money, in part or whole, to lease a car
   of their choice. Insurance, routine servicing and maintenance of the car is included; as is RAC
   breakdown and the tax disc.
   If the DLA higher rate Mobility award ceases, and the claimant appeals s/he should contact
   the provider of the car and request an extension of the lease. Motability will generally allow 6
   months extension; after then each case is reviewed on its own merits so it may be possible to
   get a further extension.
   If the appeal is lost the Motability “money” does not have to be repaid, but the car has to be
   returned.
My thanks to Warwickshire W elfare Rights for permission to use this article
www.wwras.org.uk
                                                                                           Mike Ackroyd

RUGBY and DISTRICT MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY                 NEWSLETTER ISSUE No. 82 MAY / JUN 2011
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QUI Z NIGHT at HELEN LEY RESPITE CARE CENTRE
The recent Quiz Night at Helen Ley Respite Care Centre was good fun, and
the food (beef or vegetarian chilli) was excellent. Margaret and I were
joined by Dave and Rosina – so far as I c ould see, there were onl y the four
of us from Rugby MS Society. There were about 75 people taking part,
including 4 teams from IBM.
W e called ourselves (rather optimistic ally!) “And In First Place”. The theme
of the quiz was ‘School’, and there were 9 rounds of questions ranging
from food to school subjects to music, with something in the question or
ans wer relating to our schooldays. There was also a bar, which helped
some of us to come up with creative answers.
The questions were aimed at young and older people alike, so no-one felt
left out, and it was good to see some young people there. W e improved
quite considerably on our previous showing and managed to come a
creditable 7th out of the 16 teams with our 132 points. The winners had 165
points – big heads! W ell, we can’t all be geniuses, can we?
Helen Ley usually holds a Quiz Night twice a year, and there is always a
theme to it. The next one will hopefully be in September, so do try to come
along and show your support for the Respite Care Centre while having a good
night out for a very modest cost at the same time.
                                                                Mike Ackroyd

A N O T H E R E X E R C I S E M A C H I N E AT S T C R O S S H O S P I TA L
Following the very s ad and sudden death of Maureen Dous e on New Year’s
Day, Dr Joe decided to do something which would leave a lasting memory
of his lovely wife. He has joined forces with the Friends of St Cross
Hos pital and has donated Maureen’s exercise machine (which is the same
as that used by people with MS in the Outpatients Physiotherapy
Department) to the Rehabilitation Unit on Mulberry W ard at St Cross. In
doing this, Joe has benefitted not onl y people with MS who may be on this
ward as in-patients for rehabilitation but also many other patients who
hav e a v ariety of mobilit y problems as a result of neurological illnesses, as
they will be able to share the use of this machine.

CCSVI –       chronic cerebro-spinal venous insufficiency
There has been a great deal of interest in CCSVI f or som e tim e now.
Professor Paolo Zam boni, a vascular surgeon, published research suggesting an
association bet wee n abnorm alities (including narrowing) of the veins draining
the brain and spinal cord, and MS. This led to a theory that CCSVI could be a
cause of MS, sparking m uch m edia interest and controversy over whether there
was sufficient evidence to support surgery.
I recently spotted a sm all item in the February 2011 Stratford-upon-Avon
Newsletter. It reported that a lady called Alison, who recently underwent a
CCSVI procedure, had provided them with information relating to her
experience. Cathy, the Chairm an at Stratford-upon-Avon, has ver y kindly
em a iled th is t o m e . If an y o f yo u wo ul d l ik e t o s ee it, p le as e c ont act m e:

Mike Ackroyd             01788 537 841            Em ail m ik e.rugbyms@tiscali.co. uk
I can send the files electronically or, for those people without computers, post
you a copy. Please note, there is a lot of inform ation and it is quite detailed.

RUGBY and DISTRICT MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY               NEWSLETTER ISSUE No. 82 MAY / JUN 2011
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HELEN LEY CARE CENTRE – the future?
At the t im e of prep ar i ng t h is Ne wslet t er t h er e h as s t ill b ee n n o wor t h whi le
inf orm a tio n f rom the MS S oc i et y re g ar d in g th e f ut ure o f Hel en L e y C are Cent re.
 A t t he en d of A pril , f o rm er ‘g uest s’ r eceiv e d a l et t er t e l lin g t hem t h at bo o k ings
wer e n o w b ei ng ex t en de d u nt il t h e e n d of S ep tem be r 2 0 11. It als o s ai d “ we
hav e t o i nf or m yo u t hat the f ee f o r yo ur s t a y m a y in c re a s e if t he S oc iet y is
suc ces sf ul i n it s ai m t o f ind a n e w pr ovid e r t o t ake ov e r t he c e nt r e b y t h e tim e
yo u r b o oki n g t akes pla c e. ”
E d i to r
As I see it the MS Society is just making a bad situation even worse and the bit by bit extensions
of bookings at Helen Ley is getting ridiculous. For many people (those with MS and their carers)
arranging respite care is often something that cannot be done quickly – it takes time and may
involve a lot of planning.
Also, for some, respite care at Helen Ley costs a lot of money. How can they make a booking on
the basis that fees “may increase” by the time it takes place?
I have no hesitation in repeating my words of last year. Many of our members, myself included,
are shocked and deeply upset by the way in which the MS Society has dealt with the respite care
situation – it has been disgraceful. I am aware that quite a few have ended (or will be ending)
their membership over this issue and I fully understand their reasons for this. As you may know,
my wife, Margaret (who was our Secretary), ended her membership immediately following last
year’s National AGM.
As for myself, I may well end my membership when it becomes due for renewal. The MS Society
is no longer the society I have worked hard for over many years. For these reasons, I will not be
seeking re-election to committee at our 2011 AGM this May. However, I am very willing to
continue as Editor of this Newsletter and the website if the membership/committee would like me
to do so – please let me know.
                                                                                M i ke Ac k r o yd
Th e f oll o wi n g ap p e ar ed on th e MS S o c iet y we bsit e in Ap r il
Woodlands Respite Care Centre may transfer to new provider
The MS Society has signed an initial agreement with a prospective new provider for Woodlands Respite
Care Centre, in York. The provider has committed to offering high quality care for people with MS and
other neurological conditions and to providing opportunities for staff development and retention.
Since June, we have been working hard to find appropriate, alternative providers for our respite care
centres and are taking time to try to achieve this for our guests and residents, their families and our staff.
Our preferred option is to transfer all three centres to alternative providers who can continue to offer care
for people with MS. In the case of Woodlands Respite Care Centre we are slightly further along in the
negotiation process than we are for the services at Helen Ley and Brambles Care Centres. There are
further detailed negotiations and a legal process called ‘due diligence’ to take place with Woodlands
before we may be able to sign a contract and transfer the business.
Unfortunately at this stage we’re unable to provide any detailed update on the progress regarding Helen
Ley and Brambles, but we hope to have more news soon.
We understand this may be a frustrating time for those affected, and we are working as swiftly as we can
to advance negotiations. By transferring the centres to alternative providers, we will be able to support
many more people affected by MS from across the UK to have choice and control to access the short
breaks they want.
E d i to r
We will wait and see what happens.
                                                                                            M i ke Ac k r o yd

RUGBY and DISTRICT MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY                     NEWSLETTER ISSUE No. 82 MAY / JUN 2011
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F U L L M E TA L R A C K E T 1 2 AT T H E VA U LT
Full Metal Racket welcomed 3 bands to The Vault, Rugby at the beginning of April 2011.
First up on stage was hometown boys ‘Replicant’ – formerly known as Defined By Fear. The new
line-up and new name sees them performing in a heavier direction. Second on stage was
Cyclamen, a London-based Japanese fronted tek metal rock outfit. The band also boasted
members of sikTh and Periphery as key players. The headline band was Visions, the first label
signed act to grace the Full Metal Racket stage.
All proceeds from Full Metal Racket gigs go to local charities, and Rugby MS Society has
benefited from 2 donations to date. Many thanks to FMR for thinking of us.
                                                                                Mike Ackroyd
P R E PA R E Y O U R S E LV E S – H E R E I S T H E J O K E !
Editor This joke was first sent to me by my friend Kev several years ago before
       he became very ill. A similar version of it was more recently emailed to me
       by my anonymous joker, Pam. It is obviously a popular joke! – so I have
       decided to use it.

This blonde decides one day that she is sick and tired of all those ‘blonde jokes’
and how all blondes are perceived as stupid, so she decides to show her husband
that blondes really are smart. W hile her husband is off at work, she decides that
she is going to paint a couple of rooms in the house.
The next day, right after her husband leaves for work, she gets down to the task
at hand. Her husband arrives home at 5:30 and smells the distinctive smell of
paint. He walks into the living room and finds his wife lying on the floor in a pool
of sweat. He notices that she is wearing a ski jacket and a fur coat at the same
time.
He goes over and asks her if she is OK.
She replies yes.
He asks what she is doing.
She replies that she wanted to prove to him that not all blonde women are dumb
and she wanted to do it by painting the house.
He then asks her why she has a ski jacket over her fur coat. She replies that she
was reading the directions on the paint can and they said                     .....
                        FOR BEST RE SULTS, PUT ON TW O COATS

Editor Apo log ie s to all my fair he ade d lady frien ds – hop e Margaret doesn ’t see this!
          Man y thanks and best wis hes to Kev. Al so to Pa m – poor Dennis has a lot to put
          up wit h!
          The following little s nippet was sent to me by you know who – there is no
          stopping h er !

WOULD YOU BELIEVE IT
W hen as ked b y a yo u ng p o lic e p at ro l of f icer , "Did yo u
kno w yo u wer e sp ee di ng ?" an 8 3 - ye a r- ol d wom a n ta lk ed
he rs elf out of a t ick et b y st ati n g: " Y e s, Of f icer . .. . I was
tr yi n g t o g et t he r e be f or e I f orgot wh er e I was g oi ng! "


RUGBY and DISTRICT MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY                  NEWSLETTER ISSUE No. 82 MAY / JUN 2011
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 CARERS
                         RUGBY MS CARERS’ GROUP MEETINGS

  CORNER   Our meetings take place on the second Thursday of each
           month at Butlers Leap (TableTable), Clifton Road, Rugby,
           CV21 3TX.

           All carers of people with MS are very welcome to join us.

The next few meetings are as follows:
Thursday, 12th May 2011 at 2.00 pm
Thursday, 9th June 2011 at 2.00 pm
Thursday, 14th July 2011 at 2.00 pm
Thursday, 11th August 2011 at 2.00 pm

We were very pleased to welcome to our April meeting Jayne and John Canning from
Leamington Spa MS Society. We have invited carers from their society to come along to our
meetings, and perhaps sometimes we can join them in Leamington. Carers from Coventry and
Stratford were invited to the meeting and are still welcome to join us whenever they can.
 It was also lovely to greet Ann who has recently moved to Rugby and hopefully will be joining the
“regulars” at our meetings.
Unfortunately, Liz Stickney from Helen Ley Care Home could not be with us due to commitments
at the Home. We hope she will be able to come along later in the year.
There were 8 of us in total and we shared information, had a good laugh and enjoyed ourselves,
making it a nice break from our caring roles.
We are hoping that the weather will be kind to us for our May meeting as we are planning to go
for a walk along the canal and stop off somewhere along the way for a cuppa.
We will be meeting as usual at the Butler’s Leap on 9th June and then on 16th June four of us are
off to Ascot in all our finery for Ladies Day. There may be photos in a future Newsletter!
Do come along to our meetings if and when you can – we would love to see you.
To find out m or e, c ontact :
M ar g ar et Ac k r o yd o n 01 78 8 5 37 8 41

‘ P AI N TI N G F O R P L E A S U R E ’
My good friend Jayne Canning from Leamington Spa MS Society, who has MS and is a keen
amateur artist, recently sent me a flyer about a ‘Painting for Pleasure’ Open Day. It was to take
place in the Westbury Centre, Leamington Spa at the very beginning of May but unfortunately I
received the information a little too late to pass on to you.
‘Painting for Pleasure’ is a group especially for disabled people and those living with or
recovering from illness, including carers needing some respite and those who feel isolated.
Members are able to work on their own projects, at their own pace, with the help of qualified art
tutors. New members are always welcome.
Sessions are held term time on a Wednesday in the Westbury Centre, Westlea Road,
South Leamington Spa, CV31 3JE        9-30 am to 12-00 pm or 1-00 pm to 3-30 pm.
                                                                                     Mike Ackroyd
www.warwickshireartists.co.uk/painting-for-pleasure.htm

RUGBY and DISTRICT MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY              NEWSLETTER ISSUE No. 82 MAY / JUN 2011
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N A I D E X 2 0 11
Mike and I went along to the Naidex Exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham during April. We met a
large number of exhibitors who were happy to spend some time with us and, as a result, we
brought back a lot of useful ideas and information. Our Carers’ Group had, earlier in the year,
suggested organising a minibus to take a group of people to Naidex, but unfortunately this was
not taken up. Naidex is an annual event and is always well worth a visit – maybe something can
be arranged for next year ?
Sirus Automotive had a stand exhibiting their range of wheelchair-accessible vehicles. The MS Society is
their Charity of the Year and they had plenty of information about the Society on show.
We have been running a fully automated Fiat Qubo wheelchair-accessible vehicle supplied by Sirus for
almost a year now and it has made a huge difference in our ability to get out and about (especially in view
of my advanced osteoporosis). If any of you are interested in having a look at our vehicle, just let us know
(phone 01788 537 841). It suits our requirements but obviously there are other wheelchair-accessible
vehicles on the market.
I will just mention one product that we spotted at the exhibition. This is Napkleen, which is a (disposable)
clothing protector. It is shaped like a long napkin and has a ‘sticky’ strip (which does not damage clothing)
along the top. It can be placed just under a collar or straight onto the front of a shirt, top, etc. and can be
folded over at the bottom to catch things (crumbs, etc.) that are dropped. The napkin has a leakproof liner
so that fluids spilt on it do not go through and mark or stain your clothing. It is very easy to take on and off
as there is no tying involved – even Mike can do it with just his one ‘good’ hand. It is also quite discreet
and he says he would have no problem using it in public. It is reasonably strong and can probably be used
more than once. Like me, Mike loves Mediterranean food and it has been a great help when he has been
eating oily food (good for MS), because you can bet your life that, if I put a clean top on him, he manages
to drip oil down his front ! – and you can never get rid of the mark it leaves.
The Napkleen product can be ordered via Amazon and other online retailers.
www.napkleen.com                                                                            Margaret Ackroyd
M O TA B I L I T Y AT S TO N E L E I G H
Those of you who are unable to travel to Peterborough for the Mobility Roadshow at the end of
June may like to know that Motability will be at Stoneleigh Park on Saturday 4th June for one
day only, from 10 am to 4 pm.
This event will be Motability’s biggest ever One Big Day yet. It will have the largest number of
cars (including wheelchair-accessible vehicles), adaptations, scooters and powered wheelchairs
on display AND it will all be indoors, so there’s no need to worry about the unpredictable British
weather !
What happens at a One Big Day event?
The programme is packed with popular experiences such as test driving, advice from experts, a
free prize draw to win £500 of vouchers, and family fun activities including face painting, bouncy
castles and special appearances from Billy the Motability bear !
A One Big Day is a fun way to find out everything you need to know about worry-free motoring
with Motability. For more information, including what’s on offer and venue accessibility, please
visit www.motabilityevents.co.uk/onebigday

Editor

Many thanks to Helen for reminding me about the Motability events.
If you have any information that would help other people living with MS, please remember to let
me know about it.
                           01788 537 841 or email mike.rugbyms@tiscali.co.uk

RUGBY and DISTRICT MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY                     NEWSLETTER ISSUE No. 82 MAY / JUN 2011
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MEETING REVIEW
our April 2011 meeting
PAPER MARBLING with Dr. Joe Douse
Dr Joe let us into the secrets of paper marbling. The results were very impressive and it wasn’t
too difficult for us all to have a go.
Of course, as usual, Joe made it a fun evening for us
all, and he also gave us some ideas about how this
type of artwork can be used.
Thank you, Joe – you had obviously worked hard to
prepare for the evening and we all really enjoyed it.
M a r g a r e t Ac k r o y d

                                  Right
                                  Dr. Joe showing us
                                  how it is done.

                                  Left
                                  An example of paper
                                  marbling.




OUR MEMBERS and former members
I understand that Rosemary (Daventry) and George (Coventry) are both very poorly.
Our thoughts are with          George and Hazel
                               Rosemary and Ivor
We also send best wishes to all our members who are not feeling too well at the moment. We
hope you soon feel better.
At the beginning of the year when Queensland, Australia was suffering from terrible flooding,
Margaret and I kept thinking about Wenda and Steve (now back home in Brisbane after their
12-month stay in Rugby). We sent them emails but received no reply.
We just hoped they were OK as Brisbane was very hard hit by the floods. Eventually, Margaret
wrote to them and a couple of days after the previous Newsletter was posted to all of you, she
had a phone call from Wenda to let us know she and the family were fine. Fortunately for them
the area where they lived had totally escaped the flooding. She said life was pretty busy looking
after Belinda which was why she hadn’t replied to our emails.
Wenda sends best wishes to all her good friends in Rugby.
                                                                                 M i k e Ac k r o y d


RUGBY and DISTRICT MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY             NEWSLETTER ISSUE No. 82 MAY / JUN 2011
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WORK and MS
An MS TRUST CHATROOM EVENT
Tuesday, 24th May 2011
The chatroom will run from 10 am to 7 pm
   •   What does the Equality Act mean for me?
   •   Should I tell my boss about my diagnosis?
   •   What can I do to stay in work?
The chatroom will give you the opportunity to talk to professionals with expertise in employment
issues. The session will also allow you the opportunity to share thoughts and experiences of
working with MS.
For more information visit: www.mstrust.org.uk/chat
A transcript will be available a fortnight after the event.
This chatroom is an MS Awareness Week event.

SHORT BREAKS AND ACTIVI TI ES (SBA) FUND
The Short Breaks and Activities (SBA) is now available to people affected by MS in England.
Grants can be considered for:
   •   respite care, either in the home or at a care centre or similar
   •   an activity (or series of activities), experience, short break or holiday for someone with MS and /or
       their carer
   •   salary costs for a professional carer needed to help someone with MS, or their carer, have a break
       either in their home or elsewhere
   •   travel, accommodation and disability equipment hire costs linked to having a break
   •   some alternative or complementary therapies
All grant applications need to be accompanied by a letter of support from an appropriate health or
social care professional explaining why the applicant needs a break and how the need relates to
their MS.
The application form itself requires quite detailed information on your weekly income and weekly
expenditure, plus details of savings or capital. Grants will not be considered if you have more
than £23,000 in household savings. If you have more than £10,000 you will be expected to make
a contribution toward the cost of the request.
Where appropriate, and in all requests for respite care, statutory funding should be applied for
before submitting a grant application.
The SBA Fund is administered by the grants team at MS National Centre and they will assess
whether you qualify for a grant and, if so, how much. Please remember that funding cannot be
given retrospectively or where a deposit has been placed – do not make any payments in
expectation of a grant as this can never be guaranteed.
If you would like more information about the SBA Fund or you would like an application form,
please contact the grants team:
                   020 8438 0700
              or email grants@mssociety.org.uk


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M E E T ING RE V IE W
our March 2011 meeting                                            HELPLINE NUMBERS

Life in The Doghouse                                   Rugby MS Helpline                 01788 813 043

At our second meeting of the year in March             National MS Helpline              0808 800 8000
Sue and David Blunt told us about their time spent
running kennels. This was a very interesting talk
and a real eye-opener. Many of the things that pet     CO NTAC T I N FORM ATI O N
owners either did or did not do for their animals
were quite shocking, but, on the other hand, the
                                                       ACTING CHAIR
kindness of some people was exceptional. Sue           Madeleine Prager             Tel: 01788 522 365
and David have certainly seen life from both           SECRETARY
sides!
                                                       Position vacant
Again it was a shame that so few people were at
this meeting. It makes me wonder whether it is         TREASURER
worth continuing to pay for the venue (and             Keith Simpson                Tel: 01788 846 781
sometimes for the speakers) if most of our
                                                       our Support Team
members are either not interested or are unable to
come along.                                            Madeleine Prager Tel: 01788 522 365
Have your say. Either phone or (preferably) email      Helen Adams      Tel: 01788 813 043
me to let me know why you do not come along.           SOCIAL SECRETARY
Would you prefer something different or is it
                                                       Alison Makins    Tel: 01788 815 021
simply that you don’t want to socialise with other
people who have MS? Whatever your reasons, I           MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY
will not print your name or reveal it to anyone else   Rosina Hollings Tel: 01788 813 688
without your permission. Letting us know how you
feel about our meetings will help the committee        NEWSLETTER and WEBSITE EDITOR
plan for the future more effectively.                  Mike Ackroyd     Tel: 01788 537 841
Mike Ackroyd
  01788 537 841                                        MS NURSES
Email: mike.rugbyms@tiscali.co.uk
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SOME INTERESTING FACTS
The world's first traffic lights were installed
near to the House of Commons in London in                Copy deadline for the next Newsletter is
December 1868.
                                                                      17 t h JUNE 2011
Reuters, now one of the world’s biggest news
agencies, began in 1850 using pigeons.                      E-mail: mike.rugbyms@tiscali.co.uk
Public telephones have been in use since                                   01788 537 841
June 1880. Payment was then made to an
attendant.                                             This MS Newsletter is published by the Rugby &
                                                       District Multiple Sclerosis Society. We give regular
When television licences were first introduced
                                                       updates about MS and what is happening locally in
in Britain in June 1946 the combined fee for
                                                       the MS community.
radio and television was £2.
                                                       Editor           Mike Ackroyd
Charlie Chaplin once entered a Charlie
Chaplin Look-A-Like competition in Monte               All the views expressed in this publication are
Carlo, and came t hi r d .                             individual and not necessarily the views or policy of
                                                       the charity and its supporters.
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RUGBY and DISTRICT MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY                   NEWSLETTER ISSUE No. 82 MAY / JUN 2011

								
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