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Proud to support the work of Cerebra - "nothing should stop you achieving your dreams"

Following World Cerebral Palsy Day last week, medical negligence solicitor Emmalene Bushnell highlights the work of national charity Cerebra. 

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Emmalene is a partner in the clinical negligence team with a particular interest in birth injury and pregnancy related injury claims. You can follow Emmalene on twitter on @Emma_Bushnell
Founded in 2001, Cerebra is a unique national charity that strives to improve the lives of children with neurological conditions, through research, information and direct, on-going support.

My colleagues and I at Leigh Day have worked closely with Cerebra for a number of years to support the work that they do through fundraising and sponsoring research projects. We also plan to host a sleep conference in partnership with Cerebra in March 2018.

Cerebra offer support to families by providing information and advice on a number of topics, free postal and lending library for sensory equipment as well as workshops across the UK. 

In addition to these services, Cerebra sponsor six world leading university research departments, which Leigh Day are also happy to support alongside them. 

One of Cerebra’s key message is that “nothing need stop you from achieving your dreams”.  They aim to give parity of experience, achievement and pleasure in life for the children we help.

The work Cerebra are doing is leading the way to help ensure that children with cerebral palsy and their families have the support they need, are able to enjoy, achieve and experience all the pleasures of everyday life.

Here are just a few examples of the fantastic work they do and the inspiring children they work with:

Rob and Poppy at Swansea Triathlon
Poppy was born with quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy but with a little help from her dad Rob and the team at Cerebra she completed the Swansea Triathlon. Cerebra’s Innovation Centre designed and made the equipment used in the triathlon on Poppy’s request. Here you can watch her story

Enna Thea’s Story
Cerebra are keen to enable children to tell their own stories of growing up with and living with a disability.

Surfing Success for Cerebra
Cerebra’s Innovation Centre tested two pioneering new surfing products for disabled children at Llangennith beach in west Wales. The team tested the new products at Llangennith beach and they were helped by thirteen-year old surf enthusiast Kai Lewis, from Port Talbot, who has cerebral palsy following a stroke at the age of one.

The charity’s designers developed two products: a tandem surf board with a supportive “bucket” seat that can be used by disabled children whilst being controlled by a trained surf instructor and a Surf Access Vehicle. Both products are for use by children with neurological conditions and have been developed with Surfability UK (surfing for disabled children) and Tonic Surf Therapy (based on the evidence of the effectiveness of surf/ocean therapy programmes in the UK and USA). You can learn more on Cerebra's blog 'Surfing Success for Cerebra'.


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