With our charity fundraiser in aid of children with cerebral palsy coming up at the end of the month I have been researching the neurological condition and the work The London Centre for Children with Cerebral palsy do to help.
Cerebral palsy is caused by problems in the brain and nervous system and is thought to affect 1 in 400 people in the UK. It is a condition that is caused by problems in the part of the brain that controls muscles. It can happen if the brain develops irregularly during pregnancy or is damaged shortly after birth.
Cerebral palsy is normally diagnosed in the first 3 years of a child’s life. The most common symptoms are lack of coordination in movement, stiffness, floppiness and uncontrolled body movements. It is often found when it becomes obvious that a child is developing slower than other children when learning to walk and talk. Different people are affected in different ways and while some children can remain severely disabled throughout their adult life others endure only minor difficulties.
There are associated problems with the condition and it is common that when a child is a diagnosed with cerebral palsy they may also suffer from seizures, difficulties swallowing and uncontrolled drooling. Sometimes children can have problems with education and communication, but this is quite uncommon.
The London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy originally established in 1963 by Peter Rigby as the The Hornsey Trust for Handicapped Children. Royal patron HRH Princess Alexandra officially opened The Hornsey Centre in 1967 which provided day services for youngsters up to 25 suffering from a range of disabilities. As the centre developed it became more focused on cerebral palsy and education.
These days the centre is the only specialist Centre for babies and children living with the condition in the London area. They offer the national curriculum for children up to 11 as well as training sessions for teachers and other adults, one on one support, summer schools, parent and child groups and outreach services.
Due to the increasing demand for the centre they are actually in the process of building a new purpose built Centre of Excellence for their children. When the centre is complete they will be able to double their capacity! They have just 1 million left to raise out of £5,200,000 and hope to move into the centre at the end of 2016.
On Bank Holiday Monday 31st August The Clissold Arms will be having a charity fun day in aid of this fantastic centre and all the work they do. We will have a big raffle draw full of prizes donated from local businesses. As well as prizes to be won there will be a bouncy castle, live music, face painter and a meal deal! So make sure you have it in your diary, fun for all the family this bank holiday and all proceeds towards such a fantastic cause.
Monday 31st August – Cerebral Palsy Fundraiser – The Clissold Arms