On Friday 21st September the Lincolnshire Cerebral Palsy Society re-launched in style with help from the fantastic Rumble Band, The Beachcomber and Bridge McFarland Solicitors.
The charity, who until recently were know as ‘The North East Lincolnshire Cerebral Palsy Society’, offers funding and support for people in Lincolnshire who are affected by Cerebral Palsy. By extending their offer to the whole of Lincolnshire they have been able to provide support to Leonie Hadley-Wilkinson – a local girl who needs help with fundraising to have life changing surgery.
The ‘Leonie Rumble Ball’ was hosted by Bridge McFarland Solicitors with BBC Look North’s Phillip Norton presenting the evening. The event featured a silent auction, live auction, balloon raffle, standard raffle and the musical stylings of the Rumble Band.
On the night Vicky, mother to Leonie, got up and said a few words about how much the surgery would mean for her daughter: “If it goes well then she could walk. It has been amazing what with all the support we have had in the last five months. I can’t believe that we are nearly there”
“SDR surgery will relieve a lot of the tension Leonie has in her limbs. As she grows her limbs are being pulled tighter and it is causing her a lot of pain. I just want to stop her pain, and that is what the surgery will hopefully do”.
The family have a fundraising target of £35,000, but that will only cover the operation and a single year of physiotherapy. Leonie will still need more financial help in the future to fund the intensive physiotherapy and aftercare necessary to make the most of her opportunity.
Also present at The Rumble Ball were the parents of the Lincolnshire Cerebral Palsy Societies’ Patron, Ash Turner. Ash, who was engaged in a golf tournament and unable to attend on the night, is a professional golfer who fares from Lincolnshire and has a mild form of Cerebral Palsy. Stephen Turner who spoke on his son’s behalf told of how golf had been used to help Ash manage his condition as a youngster, improving his balance and control from a young age.
“We first bought him a little set of plastic golf clubs and he took to it straight away. His motto is ‘always believe in yourself and follow your dreams’.
Chris Gresswell-Green is a committee member of the Lincolnshire Cerebral Palsy Society as well as a Senior Solicitor at Bridge McFarland Solicitors. “I’m so pleased with how the event went on the night. To have raised over £3,500 for Leonie is fantastic and I just hope that her surgery goes well. Lincolnshire Cerebral Palsy Society has gone from strength to strength this year and I look forward to helping them celebrate their 65th anniversary in January. A big thank you to Phillip Norton who did a cracking job on the night, he really brought the whole night together”.
Sue Lawson has been involved with the charity for many years, and is currently a Trustee: “We are over the moon that the ball was such a success and that Ash has been kind enough to agree to become the patron of the charity. Ash has a story that can be such an inspiration for our members. I think it really does go to show just how powerful physical therapy can be.
“The NHS is not able to fund all the physiotherapy, surgery and equipment needed to give people with Cerebral Palsy their best chance in life. We hope that the work we do will help people to bridge that gap and allow everyone to follow their dreams”.
“The Ball was a smashing success and we are so very grateful to everyone who donated prizes to the raffle and the auction – we couldn’t have done it without you!”