02:33AM, Friday 23 November 2012
A charity that provides free support and therapies for people with neurological conditions is to move to a new centre from January.
Pat Capp, who founded the Sequela Foundation last year, said the registered charity had outgrown its premises in Cox Green and will relocate to a new centre at 20 Grove Park, White Waltham.
She has agreed a reduced rent with the landlord but estimates it will cost £700 a month to run the centre.
The grandmother-of-five, who was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis, a rare strain of Multiple Sclerosis, in 2006, is also appealing for volunteers to help paint the new centre tomorrow and on December 8.
The charity provides a free emotional support, social activities and therapies including massage, reflexology and exercise for people with conditions such as Parkinson's disease, post-polio, and ataxia.
Its membership has soared since it was started to more than 40 people.
"We are now a registered charity, our membership grows quickly and as such we have outgrown our present premises," said Pat, 62, who ran a successful swimming club at the Magnet Leisure Centre in Maidenhead for more than three decades.
"It became obvious that we needed our own premises, somewhere to call our own and open more often.
"The new premises have been empty for some time, but there is no disabled toilet facilities, no kitchen and it needs painting inside and out."
Pat said lots of work would be done to get the new premises ready for meetings and hopes to start those on January 15.
At first it will be a therapy centre, but Pat hopes it will also become a social centre for like-minded people. People with all kinds of neurological conditions across East Berskhire are welcome to attend sessions.
Visit www.sequelafoundation.org for details or call Pat on 07802 650656.
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