Brainwave Bulletin 2019



Meet Grayson

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

for 2019.

Phil Edge



Registered Charity No. 1073238 & SC039137 (Scotland) Company No. 3666739


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.


Supporter Spotlight:

Hugo Halkes Charitable Trust

The Hugo Halkes Charitable

Trust, based in the Wiltshire

village of Pewsey, has

been supporting Brainwave

since 2009.

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

for Brainwave

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






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!






Simply Magna-ificent

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

from Branston

Potatoes came to see

us at the South West

Centre in January

and made another

wonderful donation

of £3,500.

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

our Shops!

Did you know?

Brainwave has

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

sellable items.

We urgently need good quality

items including:

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

sell for!

• Ladieswear

• Accessories

• Menswear

• Toys

• Footwear

Please drop your items into your local

Brainwave charity shop or into the

South West Brainwave Centre in Bridgwater.

For further information, contact us by



We’d love to hear from you!

If you’d like to feature in a forthcoming

Brainwave Bulletin, or perhaps you

are interested in fundraising for us,

get in touch by emailing

or call us on 01278 429089.


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Rear of 16 Newland Street,

Witham, Essex CM8 2AQ

Tel: 01376 505290/503608


North West Centre

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Birchwood One Business Park,

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