West Yorkshire MS Therapy Centre: Leeds charity's 1189-mile cycling fundraiser in response to 'astronomical costs'
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The West Yorkshire MS Therapy Centre was founded in 1984, offering a number of therapies to support people with multiple sclerosis. It has since extended its services to help people with other neurological conditions, cerebral palsy and cancer.
Its main treatment is oxygen therapy, which the charity generates itself and has “astronomical” costs, said manager Joanne Goodwin. And with such high costs already, the ongoing cost of living crisis is worrying to the family-run charity.
Following in his older brother’s footsteps is Dan Goodwill who will be cycling about 1189 miles from John O'Groats to Land's End on the Sustrans route next week to raise some more funds.
Dan, 24, said: “Because we are a small charity, we are in quite a vulnerable position. We are completely self-funded, except for large sponsored events.”
At present, the charity relies on donations to ensure it can meet its demand – which also includes sessions of physiotherapy, infrared sauna, yoga, aromatherapy and Bowen technique. Dan said he has not done something like this before but knows first-hand the impact any amount raised will have for the charity.
He said: “It feels really good. I know exactly what impact it will have and hopefully, it will mean that we’re a bit more secure than we were before and people will have access to the things they need.”