from left to right Mr Ken Brombley, Chairman of H.O.P.E., VW Bro Brian C Hilling, W Bro Dr Bryn Barton, Councillor Mrs Margaret Brace, Mayor of Neyland and Secretary and Alan Hawthorn, Treasurer
On Friday 8th January 2016, The Deputy Provincial Grand Master of the Province of West Wales, Very Worshipful Brother Brian C Hilling, accompanied the Deputy Grand Superintendent and Charity Steward of Strumble Lodge, W Bro Dr Bryn W Barton attended a well-supported concert and service at St Clement’s Church Neyland. The service was held to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the H.O.P.E. Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre. Afterwards at the centre in Honeyborough Business Park VW Bro Brian presented a cheque for £2500 from the Provincial Grand Charity of West Wales and W Bro Bryn presented a cheque for £600 from Strumble Lodge.
The object of H.O.P.E is the relief of sickness and suffering of those with Multiple Sclerosis and other related conditions and their families and carers in Pembrokeshire. The Centre was started with a small group of people with MS discussing the possible benefits of the then, new form of treatment called “Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy”. This was followed soon after with the formation of H.O.P.E. (the acronym stands for “Hyperbaric Oxygen Pembrokeshire Endeavour”), as a locally Registered Charity.
After two years raising the necessary funds, the Centre started operations on the 6th January 1986 and HBO Therapy was at last available to local people with MS.