Centre hopes to start again in a new home

West Yorkshire MS Therapy Centre secretary Linda Toothill

West Yorkshire MS Therapy Centre secretary Linda Toothill

First published in Local news Wharfedale Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

An MS therapy centre which has been forced to find a new home could be offering treatment again within weeks.

The Rawdon-based West Yorkshire MS Therapy Centre has been unable to offer any treatment since it was forced to move out of its premises in January.

But now the charity is hoping to sign a lease on a property in Geldard Lane in Leeds which should enable it to open its doors again by the end of this month or the beginning of May.

The centre has been forced to seek a new base following the devastating fire that raged at Airedale International Air Conditioning last September.

It is based at the same site as the factory, off Leeds Road, and although it escaped damage it has had to close to allow the company’s rebuilding work to proceed.

Airedale, which has provided the charity with financial, energy and fundraising help over the past 25 years, has agreed to pay its rent in a new home for the first two years.

Secretary of the centre committee Linda Toothill said they were hoping to sign a lease on the new property quite soon and that treatments would again be offered.

She said: “It is a big problem and people are really feeling it. It is one of those things where you don’t know it is working until you stop using it and then you really, really feel it.”

She said the centre already helped a lot of people and there were lots of new people who wanted to use it.

The charity is aiming to keep all its members informed and will be putting updates on its website – www.mstherapy.org.uk to give the latest information.

The centre’s range of drug-free symptom management therapies, including oxygen chambers, help hundreds of MS sufferers and people suffering from other conditions including cerebral palsy and strokes, every year.

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