The West Berkshire Therapy Centre, based in Thatcham, has been providing exercise and therapy to people with mobility problems since 2014. With funding from Berkshire Community Foundation, the centre can continue to help over 230 people a week to be more active, safe and independent.

The vital help received can be life changing. Margaret, who lives in Tadley, has suffered a series of medical problems that resulted in numerous operations, incomplete recoveries and overlapping setbacks for several years. The effect was very demoralising and she stopped going out, in her own words ‘I sat there and waited for my time to pass’.

Then her daughter heard about West Berkshire Therapy Centre and literally dragged her along to have a look. Margaret, who was convinced that no one could help her, has seen a great improvement in physical strength, her general outlook, confidence and social life.

“For the first time in a very long time I’m now making plans, have ordered a passport and am booking a holiday, the first I will have had in years – It’s changed my life!”