Life at NMC has taken on an extra-terrestrial feel as the start of May signals the beginning of the annual Muscle Month Challenge. The aim is simple – to encourage people with Neuromuscular Conditions to challenge their own activity levels.
Neuromuscular Conditions, an umbrella term for a group of genetic muscle, nerve and metabolic disorders, are more common than you may think, affecting over 70,000 individuals in the UK. They range in severity, onset, and presentation with some conditions diagnosed at birth (such as severe forms of Muscular Dystrophy) and others not apparent until adult life. Regardless of their origin, the issues they cause present challenges to health and function in every individual, affecting that person’s independence, mobility and quality of life.
The Neuromuscular Centre in Winsford, Cheshire, is a national Centre of Excellence for adults with Neuromuscular Conditions. Providing ongoing, specialist physiotherapy; employment and training; advice and support to 1,000 individuals (and their friends, families, and carers) affected by Neuromuscular Conditions. NMC is a charity and its services are completely free-to-access for its service users, many of whom regularly from travel from across the country (and beyond!) to access the wealth of knowledge and expertise available. Continue reading
English Lakes’ Mascot Sam travels to space!
Sam the Dog on the edge of space
The Science Project
The Midland hotel in Morecambe and SentIntoSpace.com partnered with school children at Morecambe Bay Community Primary School who designed a physics project to use helium balloons, specialised GPS tracking equipment and GoPro action cameras to see if they could send ‘Sam the Dog’ to the edge of space.
by Libby Jackson, UK Space Agency Astronaut Flight Education Programme Manager
I’m very excited to be able to share the news with you that Susan and I, along with a number of other colleagues from the UK and European Space Agencies, will be running the Virgin Money London Marathon in just over two weeks’ time, alongside Tim who is running the Digital Virgin Money London Marathon on the treadmill at the same time. We are doing this to raise funds for Tim’s chosen charity, The Prince’s Trust, for who he is an ambassador and is supporting from orbit. To add to the challenge and to make the fundraising even meaningful, I will be running the marathon dressed in a replica Sokul Suit.
You can read more about this effort here: https://principia.org.uk/news/support-teamastronaut/
Please don’t feel obliged to sponsor the team, but any support of the team, both on Earth and in space, large or small, would be very warmly received. If you will be on the streets of London on Sunday 24th April (or indeed are also running), please let us know where to look out for you – it is always lovely to see friendly faces on the course.