Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales


Registered Charity: 1010183



Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales

Spring/Summer 2016

Better Start

Better Future

Making a difference to

children in wales who have

cerebral palsy

Registered Charity: 1010183

Our Mission

‘To provide world class

Bobath therapy to as many

children with cerebral palsy

in Wales as possible’





029 20522600

www.bobathwales.org facebook.com/bobathwales

Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales Registered Charity: 1010183

Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales

Bobath Wales provides specialist physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech

and language therapy to over 570 children from across Wales who have cerebral palsy.

What is cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy is a permanent disorder of posture and movement resulting from brain

damage occurring in a baby or young child. Each child is affected differently, both in

the type of cerebral palsy and the severity.

Better Start Better Future

Often, children in Wales are not referred to Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales for

specialist therapy until they are 2 years or older. When parents come to us they often

state they wish they had found out about us earlier so that their child would have had

the best start in life.

As well as reaching these babies, we urgently need to raise funds to see the children

on our waiting list who need our support, children like Betsi aged 2.

Betsi’s story

Our beautiful little girl Betsi was born 12 weeks early weighing

3lb 2oz. She spent 7 weeks in the special care baby unit and came

home on oxygen.

As the months went by we realised that Betsi was not reaching

milestones that were expected. We expressed our concern on

many occasions but it wasn’t until she was 15 months old that I was

told by her physiotherapist that she thought Betsi had Diplegic Cerebral Palsy, which

was a major shock! We were completely heartbroken, but at the same time relieved

that we finally had answers and we could start to get Betsi the help she deserved.

However, it wasn’t as easy as we thought. We see an NHS Physio only once or twice a

month if we are lucky.

Thankfully, we found out about Bobath and asked to be referred. Bobath was able to

provide us an initial consultation last summer. After just 2 hours we noticed a huge

difference in Betsi, her muscles were much more relaxed and flexible and as parents

we also learnt a lot. We are desperate for this to continue to help Betsi reach her full

potential. In December 2015 Betsi received additional therapy at the Bobath Centre,

which was amazing.

Betsi’s Mum Sarah



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Director’s Challenge

The Better Start Better Future appeal was born out of our Centre Director, Jenny

Carroll’s, aspiration to see more babies as soon as possible after birth, to ensure they get

the best start in life and thereby help each child fulfil their own potential.

Jenny is determined to see this happen, setting her own challenge, to raise money

for the appeal. To support Jenny and help her to fulfil this challenge as well as to help

Bobath Wales treat more babies giving them a Better Start Better Future please go to:


Starting from January 2016 until Bobath Wales’

25th Birthday in 2017, Jenny has pledged to:

• Run 1 mile for every child with cerebral

palsy in Wales = 1260 miles

• Swim 1 mile for every baby born with cerebral

palsy in Wales during 2016 = 70 miles

• Cycle 10 miles for every year Bobath has been

open = 250 miles

That’s 1580 miles

worth of


Jenny is looking forward to this incredible challenge although admits to some


“When I told the staff at the Centre what I was planning they thought I was mad.

However, my motivation is simple, every day I treat children with cerebral palsy

who would have a Better Future if they had started to receive specialist therapy as

soon as possible after birth. I want every such baby born in Wales to have a Better

Start and therefore a Better Future . This is why I’m asking people in Wales to help

Bobath achieve this goal by making a donation or fundraising for us. So I thought

I’d better put my own words into actions, but I must confess to feeling nervous.”




Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales Registered Charity: 1010183

Our fantastic families

Back in April we wrote a letter to our families in the hope that they would be able to

help us reach our fundraising goals by arranging their own fundraising events in their

home locality. We have been really encouraged by the response and we would like to

say a very special thank you to all who have helped raise much needed funds for us.

So far their efforts have brought in an amazing £15,251.85, before Gift Aid.

Here is just a snippet of what our fundraising families have been up to.

Charlie walked around

Cwmbran Boating Lake Tom & his family members aged 6 -

93, together with his dog Milo walked

around Tredegar Park, Cosmeston

Lake and Sophia Gardens



Power - Lee

Penaluna took

on a Brecon

to Bobath


Did you know?

Betsi and her family

arranged a Christmas

coffee morning and many

other fundraising activities

Rosie’s Auntie Hannah

and family organised a

Christmas Afternoon Tea

Each year, approximately 70

children will be born in Wales

with cerebral palsy. Presently

we have over 570 children

attending the Centre for




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Thank you kindly

We’d like to thank all who have supported Bobath Wales since our last edition of The

Wave. Your dedication and support continues to astound us and we include a few

examples of your fabulous fundraising below.

She’s our hero

We’re so grateful to Bobath ambassador Bonnie Tyler for

choosing us as one of the charities to benefit from her

amazing concert back in November. It was a fantastic

night in the Princess Royal Theatre in Port Talbot with

fans treated to all of her amazing hits. The concert raised

£2,500 for Bobath!

Fashionable Fundraising

This is the 6th year that the Miss Fashion vs Beauty

competition has supported Bobath and we couldn’t be

more grateful. This year’s competition alone raised over

£2,000. Special thanks to Nyomi Lenny for her organisation

of the event and continued support for Bobath Wales.

A super CPAM

During our cerebral palsy awareness month in October

we had people throughout Wales donning their wellies

and making a real splash for cash raising much needed

funds and awareness of cerebral palsy and Bobath

therapy. We would like to say a splashtastic thank you

to those who took part and volunteered in all of our

October events. A very special thank you goes to Sue

Jones and the Cwm Crafters fundraising group for all of their support in organising

our Aberdare Welly Walk. This event, along with all of the other amazing

fundraising work that they do throughout the year has helped them reach a total

of £50,000 since the fundraising group was established in 2009.




Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales Registered Charity: 1010183

Lights, Camera, Action!

Bobath’s Movies and Musicals

Birthday Ball

Royal Welsh College

of Music and Drama

Friday 8th July 2016

£65 per person

Roll out the red carpet and take centre stage

for this glamorous Movies and Musicals themed ball.

Enjoy fine food and fabulous entertainment whilst making

a difference to children in Wales who have cerebral palsy



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Give a cheer for a volunteer!

The Bobath Centre as well as our charity shops could not function without our band

of loyal volunteers and we’d like to say a HUGE thank you to each and every one of

them including those who have organised their own fundraising events as individuals

or as part of our amazing Fundraising Groups.

Could you lend

a hand?


to hear from you!

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♥ Emlyn Friends of Bobath

Our wonderful fundraising group Emlyn Friends of Bobath have had yet another

busy year in 2015. Their activities have included bucket collections, attending

talks and cheque presentations, football tournaments, a summer fête, Cardiff Half

Marathon, Velothon, parachute jumping and much more! Wow! They’re now busy

planning a London to Paris cycle ride for September….phew!

♥ Friends of Bobath Wales

♥ Through an amazing range of activities the Friends of Bobath Wales fundraising ♥

♥ group led by Derek Redwood and Mike Salter have once again gone above and ♥

♥ beyond for Bobath. Their 2015 total is an amazing £16,123.49. The group have ♥

♥ smashed the quarter of a million mark bringing in over £277k to date.

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Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales Registered Charity: 1010183

ew for 2016... New for 2016... New for 2016... New for 2016...

Join our NEON party and run, walk or dance this

3km fun run for Bobath Wales with your

friends, family and colleagues!

19 March 2016, 7pm

Newport Athletics Stadium

For more information and to sign up today visit

www.bobathwales.org or email: fundraising@bobathwales.org



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New for 2016... New for 2016... New for 2016... New for 2016..




Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales Registered Charity: 1010183

Get Active

Whatever your passion be it skydiving, running, cycling or

trekking, we have the challenge for you!

Daredevils wanted!

Experience the free fall and jump out of a

plane for Bobath. That’s 12,000 feet worth of

fundraising. No experience is necessary as you

will receive a full day’s training and if you raise

the minimum sponsorship you can jump for

FREE. Dates can be arranged to suit you, so

all you need to do is build up your nerve

and jump. Thank

you to all of our

wonderful 2015

daredevils including

Alice Walters of our fundraising group Emlyn Friends

of Bobath who took to the skies back in October. Alice

says “the whole experience was beyond exhilarating. I

enjoyed every minute and would do it again in a heart



We offer a huge array of challenges including treks to

Kilimanjaro, Jordan, Iceland, Costa Rica and China as well

as cycle challenges in Vietnam and

London to Paris. Following a trekking

trip to Iceland, Bobath supporter Fran said

“This trek really was an experience of a lifetime. I would

thoroughly recommend taking on a trekking challenge

for Bobath as although raising the sponsorship

seems daunting at first, it was actually great fun and it is

surprising how quickly it mounts up.” So the only thing left to do now is decide where

you want to go for an inspirational trip of a lifetime.



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Wear your green vest and

know you’re making a


Run for a reason

Every year so many of our amazing

supporters don their running shoes

and head for the finish line at all sorts

of events across the country. We have

10 individuals running the 2016 London

Marathon for us. This year’s runners are

already hard at work fundraising as well as

training of course! Do you have your own

place in the London Marathon or in any other

running challenges in 2016?

Why not choose to run for Bobath?

Pedal in the pounds

We once again have places in

some fantastic cycling events.

Get in touch if you would like

to bike for Bobath.

Velothon Wales

Sunday 22 May 2016

Up to 18,000 riders will be able to take part in the UK’s thirdbiggest

sportive along a spectacular 140km route on closed

roads through South Wales.

Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100

Sunday 31 July 2016

An iconic 100 mile Olympic legacy cycling event

following in the tracks of Bradley Wiggins and Mark

Cavendish. The route is on closed roads through the

capital and onto Surrey’s stunning country roads and hills

before finishing at the Mall.




Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales Registered Charity: 1010183

Corporates come up trumps!

Our amazing corporate supporters have boosted our cash-flow and the bottom-line

is we just wouldn’t be here without you. So special thanks to all those businesses who

have got on-board during 2015/16. Here are just a few to mention:

£ Lovells £ KK Solutions £ CircleIT £ Spindogs £ Barclays Bank £ Lloyds Bank £ DVLA £

£ Capitol Centre £ Hilton Newport £ Sweet Café & Bakery £ Harding Evans £

£ Panasonic £ The Diamond Centre for Wales £ CMB Engineering £

How can your company help?

Employees can volunteer time to help on a project at the

Bobath Centre, in one of our shops or at the warehouse

Sponsor one of

our many events

Donate via

payroll giving

Organise your

own fundraiser

Hold a donate don’t dump day, collecting unwanted

items which can then be picked up and sold in our shops

We asked Joy Phillips, Practice Director at Harding Evans

Solicitors why they chose Bobath as their charity.

“Harding Evans Solicitors have been a corporate

supporter of Bobath for 3 years. The work they do is

vital to those children and families that are affected

by cerebral palsy, the impact of which we know only

too well from the medical negligence claims we have

handled for affected children over the years. As well as

being a charity whose work is close to our hearts, the

staff are an absolute delight to work with and it is a

partnership that brings a lot of pleasure and pride to us

as an organisation.”

Old Post House -

a new corporate


The Old Post House,

St Fagans, have kindly

adopted us as their

charity for 2016. The

beautiful restaurant and

B&B is set in the heart of

St Fagans’ village. They

have exciting events

planned including a

Summer Ball, a Beaujolais

event, a gentleman’s

dinner and a ladies

lunch. We look forward

to working with them

and keeping you up to

date on their fundraising


Check www.bobathwales.org/corporate-support for ways that a partnership with

Bobath can be mutually beneficial!



Spring/Summer 2016

Race the Dragon for Bobath

Saturday 4th June 2016

Cardiff Bay’s Atlantic Wharf

We are looking for teams of 11 passionate paddlers to set sail in this amazing team

building event. Anyone can get involved, whether you are a group of colleagues, a

sporting team or a gathering of friends and family, you are guaranteed a fantastic and

fun day out. To secure your team and boat contact the fundraising team today.

All equipment including boats, paddles, life jackets and an experienced helmsman

will be provided, minimum age 12 years.

Bobath Charity Golf Day

Thursday 12th May 2016

Cardiff Golf Club

Join us for a great day of golf at our annual Charity Golf Day in the beautiful

setting of Cardiff Golf Club. Entry per team of four is £300 to include bacon rolls

on arrival and a 2 course presentation dinner where the competition winners

will be announced. Whether you choose to come along with friends, business

colleagues or corporate clients, this is sure to be a great day of golfing at this

prestigious golf club.




Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales Registered Charity: 1010183

Some ideas on how you can help!

We understand that life is so busy and our supporters often

say that they wish that they could do more. There are so many

easy ways that you can help Bobath no matter how much time

you have.

• Donate pre-loved items to our shops

• Sign up for our Sponsor a Child scheme.

Regular giving means we can plan for

our future

• Become a member of our Unity Lottery and

be in with a chance of winning £25,000 every

week. We have included a sign up form on

the back two pages of the Wave to make it

super easy for you!

• Take a collection box for spare change in your home or ask a local business or

shop to take one

• You can recycle your unwanted jewellery and bank notes (old and new, UK and

foreign). Please visit our website for where to send them – all free post!

• Help us with supermarket bucket collections in your area

• Put up one of our event posters, retweet our tweets and follow us on Facebook

to help us spread the word

Did you know?

Did you know that every time you

make a donation to one our shops,

if you are a UK tax payer we can

claim retail gift aid. From April –

October 2015 we were able to claim

£7,035.80 in retail gift aid. Ask in

the shops to sign up today – your

donations just keep on giving!



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Enjoy a cuppa

and a welshcake

for Bobath like

Kitty here with

Hollywood actor

Matthew Rhys

From the 1st – 8th March we will see

schools, families, businesses, clubs, students,

associations and many more raising some

dough by holding a coffee morning, bake sale or

afternoon tea for Bobath. Whether you raise £10

or £100 we knead your help! Ask for your pack

today and don’t forget to send in your stories and





Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales Registered Charity: 1010183

We think all of

our donors are


Whether you are dropping 50p in a bucket,

taking on an intrepid trek through the

Himalayas or leaving a lasting legacy with a gift

in your will......you are all superheroes to us!

It isn’t just the rich and famous who leave a

lasting legacy. In reality this couldn’t be further

from the truth. We know that without gifts left

in wills by people like you we wouldn’t be able

to see as many children as we do each year. We

can guarantee that whatever gift you leave,

however small will make a huge difference to

children in Wales who have cerebral palsy. If you

would like more information including a handy

guide to making a will, please drop us a line.



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Charitable trusts add a little magic!

Many charitable trusts are experiencing an increase in applications, in light of the

current financial climate and a corresponding reduction in investment returns. So

we are particularly grateful for the support of several trusts and foundations for their

generous donations.

Travelling across the beautiful mountainous country of Wales can be a logistical

nightmare for families with children needing to access Bobath’s Centre in Cardiff,

therefore we are delighted that The Freemasons’ Grand Charity have granted

support to enable us to provide crucial outreach Bobath therapy sessions for children

living in North Wales.

October saw the launch of our Better Start – Better Future initiative, aiming to ensure

that babies under the age of two and a half receive therapy sessions as early as

possible in their young lives. Warm thanks to the Cecil Rosen Charitable Trust, Joseph

Strong Fraser Trust, D M Thomas Foundation, The Hospital Saturday Fund and

Persimmon Homes East Wales for their generous support towards this project.

The role of our Family Support Coordinator is invaluable, providing help, support and

guidance to families coping with the challenges of bringing up a child with cerebral

palsy and we are grateful to The Steel Charitable Trust for helping us to continue to

sustain this important role.

The Hedley Foundation and Big Lottery Awards for All have contributed to specialist

toys for use in therapy and double glazed windows in our therapy rooms respectively,

ensuring that therapy experiences are fun, educational and, most importantly, warm

and dry for the children.

One of our aims for 2016 is to provide an

intensive therapy Magic Camp for 8 – 16 year

olds with hemiplegia, a condition affecting one

side of their body, to work with magicians and

Bobath therapists culminating in a Magic Show.

Our thanks to the Boshier Hinton Foundation

who have kindly pledged a donation.

We are grateful to all our supporters for helping

to bring a little magic into the lives of children

with cerebral palsy.




Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales Registered Charity: 1010183

A Christmas thank you note

Dear: Festive Friends

We wanted to write to say thanks to you all. We had a

lovely time over Christmas and we hope you did too.

You were so kind buying our Christmas cards and coming along to

our festive events such as our Christmas Market, Jingle Bell Rock

Christmas Party Night and our Carol Concert. We had a message

from the chief elf at the North Pole to say that Santa had been very

busy writing lovely letters to lots of kind Bobath supporters.

Some of our families got to go to the Celtic Manor to ice skate and

visit Santa with their whole family which was so special, so we would

like to give extra magical hugs to our sponsors for making this possible.

We’re very grateful to all who bought Christmas Prize Draw tickets

and a great big well done to all of the winners. Here are the top 3

winners but a full list can be found on the news page of our website or

by contacting the fundraising team.

1st Prize (£250 cash)

2nd Prize (Tablet)

3rd Prize (Blu-Ray Player)

L Deacon, Aberdare

P Davies, Cardiff

K Pitson, Swansea

Our volunteering Christmas elves worked sooo

hard making this the bestest

Yuletide ever so all that’s left to

say is

Thank you thank you thank you!

From: All your friends at

the Bobath Centre



Spring/Summer 2016




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