Patients with motor neurone disease (MND) will soon be able to benefit from free complementary therapies at the Trinity Holistic Centre in Middlesbrough.
The centre, which has previously only provided free treatments to cancer patients, has joined forces with the Mike Findley MND Fund to extend its services to anyone suffering from the progressive neurological condition.
“It’s a big thing because it could pave the way nationally,” said Mike Findley, who was diagnosed with MND 10 years ago.
“There has not been a lot of research into the benefits of complementary therapies for MND patients and at the end of the project a report will be shared with the MND Association.
“I’m genuinely excited, and hopefully it will open a few doors.”
Based at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, the Trinity Holistic Centre helps thousands of patients every year by providing therapies such as massage, acupuncture and reflexology to support their treatment. The centre also offers private clinics and classes to help raise much-needed funds.
“We have known for a while that what we do for people with cancer we could do for others and this is a brilliant opportunity for us to dip our toe in the water and see if we do have some impact,” said Heather McLean, the centre’s business manager.
The Mike Findley MND Fund, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this September, has raised an amazing £155,000 since its launch in 2005. Last year it was named as one of the chosen charities of former Redcar and Cleveland Mayor Councillor Vic Jeffries and it is this extra funding that has enabled Mike and his wife Judith to approach the Trinity Holistic Centre and handover a cheque for £2,500 to fund the first 100 complementary sessions.
“It’s a special year so it’s great that we can do something different,” said Mike.
“The majority of the money we raise goes to research but we also like to help local people and this will give people something to look forward to and a chance to relax.”