CheshireHidden behind the trees, on a school campus in Winsford, Cheshire, where you’d least expect to find it, and where there is no sign to give any hint that it is there, is a unique place. Unique in this country, this centre, and its caring workforce, housed in a plain but not unattractive building, brings much needed help and relief, and more besides, to a few hundred people who have Muscular Dystrophy (MD). It is the NeuroMuscular Centre (NMC).
The NMC idea began when, in the late 1980s, two ladies
working at the Hebden Green Special School,
Physiotherapy speaks for itself, as a specialist medical practice, providing a full range of exercises and treatments which, for people with MD, eases the pain and slows the deterioration of the muscles affected. Many with MD are wheelchair-bound, and obtaining gainful employment can be a problem. The NMC provides training in IT methods, which, in today’s computer driven world, certainly facilitates that employment search. But the NMC gives employment itself in its Design and Print section, which is run on a commercial basis, and offers to the public the service of designed cards, forms, leaflets and so on, at competitive prices. This is a successful venture, which provides a significant portion of the centre’s running costs, which amount to £600,000 per annum. The NHS contributes to part of the cost of the physiotherapy service. All other costs rely on donations.
Between them, these two events can raise getting on for £50,000. In his own words, Matthew says, “I am proud to be the Centre's President and I have watched with delight, and respect as the Centre has gone from success to success. The dream has become a reality, and the extraordinary and unique work that the Centre does must be encouraged and sustained. “