£28,000 awarded

A charity which helps patients with long-term neurological conditions believes £28k in emergency funding could help keep people out of hospital.

The Neuro Therapy Centre in Saltney, near Chester, has been helping people with conditions including MS, Parkinson’s, MND and ME for 35 years.

The charity has to generate £525,000 a year to cover its costs and had a series of major fundraising events lined up to mark its 35th anniversary.

However all that came to a grinding halt when Covid-19 forced them to close their centre and end their face-to-face sessions.

Centre director Jane Johnston-Cree explained: “We support 500 people from across North Wales, Cheshire and Wirral with a range of neurological conditions. They come to us to exercise safely and remain fit and independent.

“Because all of the people we help are in the vulnerable category with regard to Covid-19 we had to end our face-to-face contact.

“Covid-19 also had a big impact on our fundraising. We had a series of fundraising events that we had to cancel. It really hit our cashflow.”

The charity employs 18 staff and applied to the Steve Morgan Foundation for emergency funding to help them through the next three months.

“We were awarded £28,612 which has made a huge difference to us,” added Jane.