Freddie was born at 28 weeks with cerebral palsy, weighing 2lbs 12oz. Now he’s just turned seven and is a wonderfully bright child who goes to Montbelle primary school in New Eltham, who have been just great since his first day there. Our aim is simply to get Freddie up on his feet. He goes three times a year, for three weeks, to a centre near Oxford that has the “Spider”, equipment with elasticated rope that helps Freddie do his intensive physio under the best conditions.
It’s the only centre of its kind in the country and we want to set one up here, Spider and all, not only for Freddie but for scores, if not hundreds, of children like him.
The other week I went to Headcorn in Kent to watch some charity parachute jumps for the foundation but ended up doing one myself! We have had people climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, cycling and walking great distances, children swimming length after length, as well as things like curry nights and coffee mornings.
Sainsbury’s in Eltham have adopted our charity for a year, Shooters Hill Golf Club is a constant ally and Tally Ho Cricket Club fines it players every match for our benefit. No wonder we are overwhelmed.
It confirms to me that good-hearted people far outnumber the bad ones. So thanks to everyone who has supported us. You give us the strength to get this thing done.
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