Grayson is a lovely little nine-month-old
boy who recently attended the South
West Brainwave Centre for his first initial
assessment. Grayson was born with
Down’s syndrome and as a result of
his diagnosis, he has not yet reached
his developmental milestones. When
we first met Grayson, he couldn’t play
with his feet, roll, sit independently or
push up from his tummy. The therapists
have been working with Grayson to
help increase his awareness of his arms
and legs to help him use them more for
sitting, rolling and kneeling.
“Grayson is lovely to work with.
The therapists had to work hard to
coax a smile out of him at first, but
he soon settled into the therapy
and showed great motivation
to do things himself.” –
Hannah Jolley, Paediatric
Since his first visit, Grayson is now
able to sit with no support and he
has also found his feet. This is great
for his future development. In
addition to this, Grayson can push
up from his tummy into a kneeling
position, as he is keen to play with
toys. We can’t wait to award
Grayson some very much deserved
certificates of achievement when
he returns for his reassessment.
Welcome to the latest Brainwave Bulletin which
we hope you will enjoy. In this edition, we
are bringing you up-to-date with some of the
amazing fundraising events that took place
in 2018 and we will also be welcoming a new
member of our Therapy Team. However, the
highlight must surely be the wonderful news on
the progress that little Grayson is making.
There are many other children like Grayson
making great progress while following the
Brainwave Programme and I would like to pay
tribute to all the families that have worked
so hard with their children during 2018 to
enable their children to achieve such amazing
developmental milestones. We awarded over
200 Certificates of Achievement during the year
which demonstrates the fantastic progress that
the children are making.
Obviously, fundraising is a vital part of the
Charity’s activities and within the Bulletin you
will hear more of what we achieved in 2018.
We have many other events planned for 2019
including Balls, Clay Pigeon shoots, Santa Dashes
and many other opportunities to get involved so,
if you feel you are able to contribute, please feel
free to contact us. Details are in the Bulletin.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank
our wonderful staff in the Brainwave Shops along
with the amazing volunteers who continue to
make a significant contribution to the success
of the Charity.
Finally, I wish you and yours all the very best
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Phil Edge, Chief Executive
again a fabulous
session. We are so
grateful for having access
to your expertise and
knowledge and look
forward to working on the
next steps in Daisy’s
Helen, Daisy’s mum.
Introducing Hannah Jolley
Paediatric Physiotherapist at the South West Centre
What made you decide to train
as a Physiotherapist?
Initially it came about after an injury I sustained during a
hockey match. I had 20 weeks of physiotherapy which
sparked my curiosity and I became set on the idea of
becoming a physiotherapist. It wasn’t until about half way
through my degree that I thought about paediatrics and had
a placement at Brainwave. I loved the added challenge of
trying to encourage the child to engage with the therapy by
making it fun and playful.
Can you describe a typical session?
A typical session is so hard to describe as it varies so much.
It depends on the child, the condition, their abilities and
really if they are willing to co-operate with us on the day.
Our role within the team is to assist the child’s development
by improving their gross and fine motor skills, balance,
co-ordination and strength. The exercises in the home
exercise programme aim to help the child to be
more functional in day-to-day life, not only for their
mobility, but physical exercises also can help
with communication and educational goals.
What is the most rewarding
aspect of your work?
The most rewarding aspect of my
work is seeing the difference that the
therapy makes to the child’s abilities
and confidence: allowing them to
do more, helping them to reach
milestones or achieve something
they couldn’t previously do.
Both the children and the parents
come back so happy and proud of
what they have achieved.
Hugo Halkes Charitable Trust
The Hugo Halkes Charitable
Trust, based in the Wiltshire
village of Pewsey, has
been supporting Brainwave
The Trust has established itself as one
of our longest-serving Guardians,
providing funding to those children most
in need. In total, the Trust has donated
over £30,000 to Brainwave, making an
incredible difference to our work and to
the lives of the children and families that
we engage with.
Rhodri Davies, Head of Fundraising,
Marketing and Communications said:
“The support that the Hugo Halkes
Charitable Trust has given to Brainwave
over the past 10 years has been
absolutely incredible. To receive such
generous ongoing donations makes a
vital difference to the impact that we as
an organisation can make. We simply
cannot thank them enough.”
Over The O2
It will be Charity Ambassador Natalie Preston’s
30 th birthday this year. In celebration of
her many achievements and milestones
smashed, Natalie has pledged to raise £30,000
throughout the year, including challenging
herself to scale the roof of The O2 in London
this May. She won’t, however, be doing this
alone, as she has recruited Brainwave Patron
Olly Murs to join her. You can follow her journey
on Facebook by visiting facebook.com/
In 2019 we are delighted to be celebrating
our 10 th Anniversary in the North West.
We are holding a Major Donors Dinner in February and a Family
Afternoon Tea in September. Many of Brainwave’s North West
calendar of events will feature a 10 th Anniversary element.
Lots of fun things to look forward to!
Staff from Magna in Liverpool threw
themselves into their Charity of the Year
partnership with huge enthusiasm. They
held many raffles and activities including
‘An Evening with Elvis’ in 2018, whilst a
hardy bunch successfully completed
the Three Peaks Challenge! They raised
over £16,000 in under nine months – a big
thank you to all involved.
Having a Ball of a time
November 2018 saw the 9 th Brainwave Ball
taking place at the Mere Golf and Spa,
with guests including Brainwave Patrons
The Lady Fellowes of West Stafford LVO
and The Lord Fellowes of West Stafford DL.
The event was a dazzling success, raising
£68,000 for the Charity.
A runaway fundraising success
The London Santa Dash was back last
December, with a record 375 participants
taking to the streets of London for
Brainwave. The event was officially opened
by Olympic boxer Anthony Ogogo, who
joined in with the festive and energetic
warm up routine! The event raised a
brrrrrilliant £15,000 for Brainwave.
We just want to say thank you…
Numerous charitable trusts have
supported us over the past few months,
including: The Valentine Trust, The Anton
Jurgens Charitable Trust, The Sir John
Fisher Foundation, The Act Foundation
and The George Stewart Charitable Trust.
The vital funding we receive from all of
our trust and foundation supporters is so
appreciated – thank you!
We would like to say a massive
thank you to all 629 VW
enthusiasts who took part in
Run the Ring (completing
a circuit of the M25) last
September in aid of Brainwave.
The event was amazing and
raised an astonishing
Jonathan and Vikki
Potatoes came to see
us at the South West
Centre in January
and made another
The annual Cheshire Clay Shoot
took place in September at the
spectacular Colshaw Hall and raised
a magnificent £42,000. It was a
fun-filled day with 150 sector leaders
taking part in the shoot. Our thanks
go to David Irlam for allowing us to
host the event at Colshaw Hall and to
Promatic for providing a fantastic
challenging course for us. Special
thanks go to our headline sponsors:
Clogau Gold, High Access and
Investec. Our 10th Anniversary
Event will be held at Colshaw Hall
on 19 September 2019.
SOS - Stock
Did you know?
22 charity shops
across South West
Brainwave charity shops stock a
wide range of quality second-hand
goods. As we have traditional
charity shops, only selling donated
goods, we rely on the generosity of
our donors to keep us fully stocked
and we are always grateful for
We urgently need good quality
Did you know?
If you donate goods
to one of our charity shops
and are eligible for Gift Aid,
Brainwave can claim 25%
back from HMRC on the
price your items
Please drop your items into your local
Brainwave charity shop or into the
South West Brainwave Centre in Bridgwater.
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are interested in fundraising for us,
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