The Freddie Farmer Foundation is the charitable arm of the Freddie Farmer Physiotherapy Centre Ltd.
The charity was formed in 2011 to raise £250,000 to set up a specialist subsidised physiotherapy centre in south-east England for children and young people with cerebral palsy and mobility problems.
The inspiration behind it all is Freddie Farmer who was born at 28 weeks with cerebral palsy, weighing just 2Ibs 12oz.
Freddie’s family had been taking him three times a year to a centre 100 miles away for unique and intensive physiotherapy involving a piece of equipment called the ‘spider’.
It helped Freddie make great progress and it soon became clear that a centre nearer home – where he could get more regular treatment – would be a Godsend.
In 2011 we launched the ‘Ready, Freddie, GO!’ campaign to set up a specialised physiotherapy centre for Freddie and children like him.
The driving force behind the campaign was simply getting children like Freddie to walk.
The campaign, which saw hundreds of people take part in activities such as climb mountains, walk and run marathons, cycle to Paris, jump out of aeroplanes and have a ball at all kinds of fundraising events, raised over £400,000!
Having started out with one physiotherapist in May 2015, the Freddie Farmer Physiotherapy Centre has now increased to two physiotherapists and two therapy assistants and continues to help scores of disabled children with varying conditions and mobility problems.