Vivien Raggett, one of our TMS members, has won the prestigious Marsh Award for 'Volunteering in Support of Older People'. She has coordinated the Harrow Group of Contact the Elderly since 2007 and despite getting TM, continued with the help of her husband Alan (on occasions from hospital), to ensure that the once a month tea parties for her group continued without interruption. To quote the award givers, 'Vivien and her husband truly deserve this Award for their sheer dedication, determination, hard work and contribution to the work of Contact the Elderly and the difference they make to the lives of so many people in their community.'
Contact the Elderly is always looking for volunteer drivers and hosts. Your help can make a real difference to the lives of older people who no longer are fortunate enough to have family or friends nearby. Find out more here.
For people who find Bristol & Exeter too far to travel to, there will be a Support Group meeting held on Saturday the 12th of July from 1.00 till 3.00 in Taunton.
The venue is just off the M5 at Junction 25 at the Holiday Inn Express (not at the Holiday Inn which is right next door). It is behind the Murco Garage.
We are booked in to the Blake Room just ask at Reception for directions.
If you have any questions, please get in touch with Rob Reeves.
On Thursday 22nd May, BBC 2's Horizon programme launched the Longitude Prize 2014. The Longitude prize is a challenge with a £10 million prize fund to help solve one of the greatest issues of our time. Six areas have been identified and one will be awarded the main focus of the Longitude Prize. One of the areas identified is paralysis. And as we all know, TM and similar conditions such as NMO can cause paralysis. We know that paralysis affects many aspects of life not just movement, and these include health, access and employment. Should the area of paralysis win the vote, the challenge set will be to invent a solution that gives paralysed people sustainable freedom of movement, improving the user’s quality of life and alleviating some of the broader challenges of paralysis. Voting for the Longitude Prize is open now until 25 June and we encourage you to vote for paralysis in order to aid the progression of work in this area. Find out more about the Longitude Prize and how you can vote for paralysis at www.longitudeprize.org
The TMS committee jointly contributes to this blog.