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Newsletter – February 2017

23 February 2017

 

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Our New Home

New Year, new resolutions: same old migraine!

Virgin Money London Marathon- please help support Stephen Lacey who is running the London Marathon for us.

WANTED: We need your skills!

Fundraising:

  • Corporate Fundraising
  • Easyfundraising- book your summer holiday and collect free donations for the NMC

 

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Our New Home

Many of you may have already visited our new home at Walmer Road, but for those that haven’t we wanted to give you a sneak peak of our new location.

We are now situated in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, which is just west of the centre of London. It is a beautiful, quiet residential area close to a school, leisure centre and park. Our closest tube stations are Latimer Road (on the Hammersmith & City and Circle lines) and Holland Park (on the Central line) making it easily accessible from all major stations in London.  Nearby is Westfield Shopping Centre in Shepherd’s Bush where you  can find the best in fashion and luxury retail, dining, leisure and entertainment.  We are close to Notting Hill, the famous Portobello Market and museums, such as the Design museum, so if you are travelling to London to visit our Centre why not make a day of it and visit the attractions close by.

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Our new Centre boasts a large and welcoming waiting area for patients to relax before their appointment. Our doctor’s rooms are clean, spacious and equipped with all the furniture and appliances necessary for your appointment.  We are also excited to announce that our new place has disabled access, that our old place wouldn’t allow.

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We are very excited about our new home and if you are ever in the area please pop in and say hello!

New Year, new resolutions: same old migraine!
By: Professor Paul Booton

We all make resolutions on January the first, but as we follow into February which ones should you continue with that will work for migraine?

Getting rid of that Christmas bulge.
Most of us feel the need to get our weight under control after Christmas. This is a good idea as being overweight gives rise to all sorts of conditions and certainly overweight people get more migraines than others. But be aware of the diet you choose to do. Fasting diets like the 5:2 diet where you starve yourself for 2 days in the week can be difficult for migraine sufferers. Low blood sugar on the fast days are powerful triggers for migraine. You are better off choosing healthy eating diets or if you want to do something a little bit more extreme the low GI diet.

Getting fit.
Getting into exercise is one of the best things you can do for your overall health: people who exercise regularly not only suffer from less heart disease and diabetes (which sounds obvious) but are less likely to have many forms of cancer, such as bowel or breast cancer. Being fit helps your migraine too: people who exercise regularly get less migraines than those who don’t. The snag can be that suddenly starting exercising can trigger migraine attacks. There are several solutions to this. Make sure you are not getting dehydrated, have a bottle of water and use it! Don’t exercise on an empty stomach and have a snack beforehand to make sure your blood sugar doesn’t fall. For people who are prone to migraine as a result of exercise it can help to have a regular pattern of exercise doing the same thing, at the same time, preferably every day.

Sleep and stress.

Poor sleep is a powerful trigger for migraine. You can help both your sleep and your migraine by getting into a regular pattern: same time to bed, same time up, even at the weekends. If your sleep is affected by stresses of the day it’s worth making a resolution to do something about it (even in February). Take proper time to relax and do something different. Exercise is a brilliant physical way to burn off psychological stress. If that’s not enough think about joining a mindfulness class or get help from your GP: cognitive therapy is more effective at helping people sleep than many of the drugs which often get used.

Drink more (water not alcohol!).
Perhaps the simplest thing of all that you can do for your migraine is make sure you’re not getting dehydrated. Having a bottle of water at your elbow all day and making sure you use it not only reminds you to drink but makes sure you know you are getting enough. About one and a half litres a day is what you should aim for. Drink expensive bottled water  if you want, but the stuff that comes out of the taps is just as good. Beware  of flavoured bottled waters, which often contain quite extraordinary amounts of sugar.

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Virgin Money London Marathon!

Please donate and help support Stephen Lacey and the National Migraine Centre!

We want to say a big thank you to Stephen Lacey who will be tackling the Virgin Money London Marathon this year whilst raising money for the National Migraine Centre.

Stephen is a fellow migraine suffer, which makes this feat even more impressive.  He found help for his migraines by coming to see us at the National Migraine Centre and is now showing his appreciation by participating in a 26 mile race through London.

Please show Stephen your support and at the same time help others suffering from this debilitating condition by donating on Stephen’s Virgin Money Giving Page: http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/stephen.lacey3 

WANTED: We need your skills!

Are you an electrician or plumber who could help us? Could you help give us HR/recruitment advice?

As a small charity we are always looking for people to volunteer their skills to help our organisation continue to run and provide the best services we can to those suffering with migraine.

We are especially in need of your help since our move and are looking for any electricians or plumbers who could provide help with small tasks pro bono for us.

We are also looking for help with HR and recruitment.  If this is your speciality and you are happy to provide advice to us then please get in touch.

Email Charlotte Burr at charlotte.burr@nationalmigrainecentre.org.uk or call her on 020 7251 7806.

Corporate Fundraising

Some of our patients have been kind enough to nominate the Clinic for a donation from corporate charitable trusts. Most large employers and many smaller ones support charities in a variety of ways; examples include payroll giving, matched funding-schemes and ‘Charity of the Year’- awards. If any of you are employees of a company which runs such a scheme please consider us.

We also can arrange in house talks at your organisation, so if you work for a larger employer then please help us get in touch with Occupational Health. Call us on 020 7251 7806 or email charlotte.burr@nationalmigrainecentre.org.uk

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Easyfundraising

Planning your summer holiday?  You can help us by collecting FREE donations when you book holidays and travel.

All you have to do is follow these three easy steps and you can help raise funds for the National Migraine Centre at no additional cost to you:

  1. Join– Head to www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/migraineclinic/
  2. Book– There are nearly 300 travel retailers on board, pick the one you want and get booking
  3. Raise– After you’ve made your booking, the retailer will make a donation to us at no extra cost whatsoever!
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