Shropshire charity launches life-changing 25/25 birthday campaign

A campaign to raise enough money to support 25 children to reach life-changing movement milestones has been launched as part of celebrations for a Shropshire charity’s 25th birthday.

Chair of Trustees at The Movement Centre David Vicary with his son Stanley and Curtis Langley (back) from The Movement Centre
Chair of Trustees at The Movement Centre David Vicary with his son Stanley and Curtis Langley (back) from The Movement Centre

The Movement Centre team is calling on people to support its 25/25 fundraising initiative to mark a quarter of a century of helping children with cerebral palsy and other disabilities affecting their mobility.

The charity, based in Oswestry, turns 25 in 2021 and is aiming to raise more than £150,000 – the full amount needed to transform the lives of 25 children through Targeted Training – the only therapy of its kind in the world.

Targeted Training consists of a 6 or 12-month course of tailored physiotherapy, including the use of a specialist standing frame, to make a fundamental difference. Children can gain head control so that they can interact with those around them, become able to sit unaided so they can play with their toys – and for some children it can lead to gaining the ability to walk – giving them the chance to enjoy all the opportunities and freedom this offers.

The individual cost to the centre of a course of Targeted Training is £6,250, with £156,250 being the total to cover 25 courses. With other sources of funding and contributions, the charity is able to support more than double this number of children each year, but this campaign will play a big part as the charity marks 25 years since opening.

David Vicary, Chair of Trustees, said: “We’re proud to have been supporting children with additional needs affecting their movement for 25 years.

“We wanted to do something special to celebrate the centre’s birthday – and all agreed that a fundraising birthday campaign to continue to change lives was a great way to mark the milestone. 

“To help us get to our goal by the end of our silver-anniversary year, businesses can support us as corporate sponsors, individuals and groups might want to take on fundraising challenges or people might like to make one-off donations. However people contribute, we’re extremely grateful.

“Together we can put 2020 and all of its challenges behind us and make 2021 an amazing year, having a huge impact on the lives of children with movement difficulties – and their families.”

The centre is able to continue to operate following Covid-safe guidelines during the second lockdown following its reopening.

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