HTiU Lodge & MPRF support pioneering treatment centre

W. Bro. Nigel Codron met one of the fundraising team from the Bobath Centre at a local networking event in 2017 and heard about the pioneering work that this Centre carries out for its patients.

The Bobath Centre is a specialist treatment and training centre, and a charity dedicated to supporting children and families living with cerebral palsy and similar neurological conditions.

Their team of physio, occupational and speech & language therapists focus almost exclusively on cerebral palsy and so have a comprehensive understanding of the condition, in all its complex and various forms.

As the UK's premier teaching centre, they have contributed to the training of NHS and other health professionals, which has allowed thousands of children, who are unable to travel to the Centre, to benefit from the Bobath Approach in their local community.

Nigel was keen to support the Centre and particularly the Early Intervention Programme as it is increasingly recognised that cerebral palsy can be detected in the very young if the right expertise and correct evaluation techniques are used.

However, there is little provision within NHS England for parents/carers of very young children to seek an early opinion.

The Early Intervention Assessment with two Senior Bobath therapists costs £1,040 and this amount was donated by Harrow Temple in Unity Lodge, No. 1310 and the Middlesex Provincial Relief Fund, with a grant for the Lodge reaching Grand Patron of The 2020 Festival.

Nigel presented the cheques to Marie Stanley (Physiotherapist & Bobath Tutor), Helen Foale (Physiotherapist) and Johanna Vigilante (Fundraising) and then had a fascinating and informative guided tour of the Centre.

They require over £1m of funding each year to maintain their service levels and he hopes that the Freemasons of the Province of Middlesex can offer further financial assistance.

For more information on the Bobath Centre, see  https://www.bobath.org.uk/ and information sheet on the Early Intervention Programme.

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