Families with children who attend The Movement Center in Oswestry will no longer have to find the £2,000 partial funding required to finance the unique life-changing therapy, thanks to the continued efforts of fundraisers, sponsors and supporters of the charity.
The center gives children the opportunity to gain greater control of their movement and reach their full potential through Targeted Training therapy, the only treatment of its kind in the world.
The treatment has helped transform the range of motion of children with cerebral palsy and other disabilities that affect their mobility for more than 25 years.
It helps children with movement, such as gaining head control so they can interact with those around them, sitting up unassisted, and can even help them gain the ability to walk.
David Vicary, Chairman of the Board of The Movement Centre, said: “This is a huge milestone and a big change for the center and for those who benefit from the incredible work done here by our staff.
“Thanks to the commitment of existing fundraisers and supporters, we are delighted to be able to make therapy for every child fully funded for the first time in the charity’s history.
“Previously, families had to pay £2,000 for targeted training therapy, which was the biggest barrier to accessing this vital treatment. Movement enhancement therapy makes a life changing difference to a child and her family and can even see children taking their first steps.
“For others, it’s the difference between being able to sit at the table with their families, play games on the floor with siblings and friends, or use their arms and hands for tasks the rest of us often take for granted.
“It is a special moment for patrons and a stage that we have always wanted to reach. It is also a crucial time for families as not having to pay a dime for treatment means a huge financial burden has been lifted.”
One of the first children to benefit from the fully funded program is two-year-old Archie Klein of Market Drayton.
Archie has spastic diplegic cerebral palsy and has been placed on a standing frame with a flat back support at the level of the sacrum and support directly below the knees to improve his ability to stand and step.
Archie’s mum, Leanne Hoey, said: “It’s great to be able to continue treatment now and not have to worry about how we’re going to find the money to pay for it. We were thinking that we would have to find the money somehow and we didn’t know until our last appointment that Archie’s treatment would be fully funded.
“Archie is now at the age where he’s starting to realize that he can’t do certain things but he really wants to and that strikes a chord, so to be able to get him on his feet will be just brilliant.
“Without this funding, Archie’s treatment would have had to be delayed, then we found The Movement Center and things are looking much more positive now. I’m very optimistic and I think this will be a very good year for Archie.”
Mr Vicary said physios at The Movement Center are now looking to work with pediatric consultants, GPs and healthcare professionals across the UK to ensure everyone knows about the important work the center does, and that parents can access fully funded treatment once a consultation has taken place. place and the child is approved.
Mr Vicary added: “It has been a long road to get to this point but it is important to stress that The Movement Center does not receive any government or NHS funding at this time so in order for us to continue to provide this fully funded treatment , we still need the financial support that people have always been so generous in providing.
“Countless people support the charity every year and without your fundraising efforts and donations we simply couldn’t continue, so our message is to continue organizing fundraising events and making those donations and if you have a business please consider making us your charity of the year in 2023 – we need your help now more than ever.”
For more information on The Movement Centre, visit www.the-movement-centre.co.uk