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The Samson Centre for MS is located on the outskirts of Guildford and provides practical and emotional support for people living with multiple sclerosis in Surrey and surrounding areas. Multiple Sclerosis is a debilitating disease which attacks the central nervous system. It is both permanent and progressive and is the most common neurological condition among young adults today.
We are a totally self-funded charity with operational costs in excess of £275,000 per annum. With no funding from the NHS or Government these running costs are met from numerous fundraising activities and generous donations.
Exercise and fitness are essential to people living with multiple sclerosis as they help to keep muscles moving and maintain a level of mobility.
With adequate funding we are able to provide over 3,500 physiotherapy sessions, (supervised by three part-time Dr Donald Dean Physiotherapists ), 4,000 exercise classes, over 2,500 gym sessions and approximately 2,500 oxygen therapy treatments and access to adaptive rowing.
On a part-time basis we also have 3 fitness instructors, 2 rehabilitation assistants and a volunteer coach for the adaptive rowing.
In addition to this we also provide oxygen therapy sessions as endorsed by Emeritus Professor of Hyperbaric Medicine at the University of Dundee and run by a wonderful team of fully trained volunteers.
The Centre has a strong social element and offers an ideal opportunity to share experiences, knowledge and information over a cup of coffee in a welcoming and friendly environment.
Not only do we help in the region of 170 who are directly affected by MS we also offer support to carers and loved ones who are indirectly affected by this lifelong disease for which there is currently no known cure. Our support and facilities offer very practical solutions that assist in managing this lifelong condition.