Centre News

News: An introduction to Steve Crosby, our new Chair…

(1) What’s your name and where do you come from?

My name is Stephen Crosby and I come from Peterlee County Durham. I came to Sheffield in 1984 to do Mathematics at University and loved the place. So I decided to stay. I have two lovely children and live in Swallownest.

(2) When did you first start visiting the Centre?

I can’t really remember how I found out about the centre. All I know is I have been coming for quite some time. I did have a couple of years away but started again at the back end of 2016 and have tried to attend twice a week ever since.

(3) What is it that you do at the Centre?

I use the chamber for Oxygen Therapy and go down to 2ATA/32 feet.

(4) When did you first get involved?

Although I have been coming for a very long time I have only recently been active in the centre. I have been lucky enough to be able to use the Centre’s facilities to manage both my Multiple Sclerosis and Lymphoma and went it transpired that the centre could also help with my daughter during her pregnancy I felt obliged to try and help in any way I could. I must admit I am very happy to do anything I can to help in any way I can.

(5) What do you like to do in your spare time?

I am a member of a Table Tennis team and try to play as often as I can. I have found this is a really good therapy for my MS. It keeps me active and it’s a great way to meet people.

(6) Which celebrity would you invite round for tea?

Wow, I have never really thought about anything like this. I really enjoy meeting people in general. It is really easy to get bogged down with day to day things and it’s nice to speak to other people. You never know who you are going to meet or what they might say and that’s great. But If I had to pick someone to have tea with, I would say someone like J.K Rowling to see how she went about the process of coming up with Harry Potter, and then there is also the link to MS as well.

(7) If you were shipwrecked on a desert island with food and water, which 2 things would you want to have with you?

Firstly my Black Labradoodle “George” – he is a big bundle of fluff and excellent company. He would make me get up and move around even when I didn’t really want to. Then there is a good book. I am currently reading Anne Franks diaries but I love anything from a good science fiction novel like ”Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline to a good  thriller like “The Midnight Line” by Lee Child.

Please come and say hello if you see me at the Centre. I want to get to know everyone, and to find out what we have done for you and can do for you in the future. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

News: Weekly Seated Exercise Class

The Rotherham and Sheffield MS Society run a weekly Seated Exercise class at our Centre every Monday.

The class runs between 12:00p.m. and 1:00p.m, and the group meet at 11.30 for a chat first.

It costs £2.00 and you don’t need to be a member of the Centre to attend the class.

If you need support or help with personal care, you will need to be accompanied.

And if you are booking transport, the Centre closes when the class ends at 1:00p.m.

To contact the Society, phone or text 07858 643416, or email sheffieldrotherham@mssociety.org.uk. Or contact us for more information.


Come along and give it a try!

News: Diane Toop has now completed her FINAL challenge

Diane Toop has now completed her FINAL challenge, the Bridlington half-marathon.

Diane is an absolute star, and has given so much of her time and energy (and dedication!) to raise money for us.
The London marathon, wing-walking, climbing Ben Nevis, cycling Coast to Coast…nothing has been too much for her!!
Read more at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/diane-toop1 and please show your support through sponsoring Diane at JustGiving or there are sponsor forms at the Centre.

Again, a HUGE thanks to Diane from us all.

There are a few photos below, taken during her two latest challenges, and plenty more on the JustGiving site for you to
have a look at.







News: Fundraising

Diane Toop has set herself a challenge…or 5!!! To celebrate her 50th birthday and raise money for us.

So far, Diane has run the LONDON MARATHON – due to the horrendously hot conditions this year’s marathon was even more of an endurance test, but Diane’s determination to finish at all costs got her through it, and at a very reasonable time of 6:16:49.

Diane has also just completed a WING-WALK…this lady is really reaching for the skies for us!!!!






Her next challenge is climbing BEN NEVIS in August, followed by A COAST-TO-COAST CYCLE in September and then, to finish off, the Bridlington HALF-MARATHON in October!!!!!!

A huge thank you from us all to Diane, and to the people who have sponsored her. If you would like to show your support, please log onto Diane’s Justgiving page or there are sponsor forms at the Centre.

Read more about Diane’s incredible challenges 

Diane Toop’s incredible challenges. PDF 140Kb


News: Chairperson Vacancy

Your Centre Needs You!

We are looking for a new Chairperson. Along with the committee this person will help ensure the centre is running effectively. The chairperson will communicate with the centre manager to assist in making decisions about the centre to ensure that we provide a good service to our members and meet all of our obligations.

Below is some further information about what the role of a Chairperson entails.

  • Help run the centre by liaising with the centre manager and supporting them in their role.
  • Help organise and oversee committee meetings.
  • Make sure the centre is being run effectively and that staff and committee members are meeting their duties.
  • Making decisions that help achieve the aims of the centre and are in the best interests of our members.
  • Help manage any potential conflicts.
  • Be a friendly face to all the members and be a spokesperson for them with both the committee and staff members.

The main characteristics of a Chairperson 

  • Friendly
  • Good sense of humour
  • Empowering
  • Humble
  • Committed to the centre
  • Capable of seeing the ‘big picture’
  • Confident
  • Reflective
  • A good listener
  • Flexible
  • Non judgemental
  • Calm

If you are interested and want any more information please speak to a member of staff or a member of the committee. Thank you.