Gloucester charity awarded grant for work with MS patients

The Gloucestershire MS Information and Therapy Centre (GMSITC) has been presented with a grant of £2,500 from MAXIMUS Foundation UK to support its provision of support to patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) and debilitating conditions including autism and dementia.

David Halladay, the Centre’s Chairman, received a cheque from Samuel Sherlock, Trustee of MAXIMUS Foundation UK, and Iain Coupar from MAXIMUS who nominated the charity for the award. The Centre is to use the award to fund ongoing counselling and therapy services for patients with MS and conditions including autism, cancer, dementia, and a range of neurological disorders.

Subsidised therapies delivered by the Centre include oxygen therapy, physiotherapy, aromatherapy, massage, reflexology, acupuncture, reiki, and dietary advice.

The MAXIMUS Foundation UK was founded in 2015 with a remit of providing grants to local charities and non-profit organisations that support disadvantaged groups.  In particular those contributing to personal growth and self-sufficiency in areas of health, employment and community development.

Marilyn Saunders, Chair of MAXIMUS Foundation UK, said: “The GMSITC’s patients need ongoing support and access to specialist advice. Without the Centre, many of the treatments and help provided by staff and volunteers simply wouldn’t available to those with complex medical needs. Their work is improving people’s quality of life, and is something we are delighted to support.”

David Halladay, Chairman, GMSITC, said: “We’re grateful to MAXIMUS Foundation UK for this grant. We work with patients with complex and ongoing needs. Our team is dedicated to improving the quality of life of our patients and their families. This grant is invaluable in helping us continue that work.”

MAXIMUS Foundation UK

MAXIMUS Foundation UK recently published its inaugural annual report, confirming nearly £60,000 in grants to charities and community groups in the past year. The Foundation has called for further grant applications from local charities and community organisations.

MAXIMUS is a health and employment services business and for more than forty years has worked with governments around the world to provide support to a diverse range of communities. In the UK, MAXIMUS employ 4,000 staff, including over 2,000 doctors, nurses, occupational therapists and other Healthcare Professionals. Operating from more than 300 locations in the UK, MAXIMUS is one of the largest providers of employment, health and disability support programmes in the country.

Centre for Health and Disability Assessments, Health Management and Health & Human Services are all MAXIMUS UK businesses. In 2015 MAXIMUS entered a Joint Venture partnership with Remploy, the largest provider of disability employment services in the UK.

For further information or comment from Marilyn Saunders, please contact Chris Rogers (020 7793 2536 / 07720 054189 / or Mayar Raouf (020 7463 0698 /