The Cerebral Palsy Trust was created at the start of the last academic year by a group of students at Wellington college who wanted to raise awareness and support for the cerebral palsy community.
This idea began when David Lofthouse, who was born with Cerebral Palsy, decided last year to walk the Kingsleys (a famous run which takes place at the end of the Lent term, which concludes in running through Swan lake)! This 5km walk would have taken over 10 hours and would have started at 3:00am. Unfortunately, like so much this year the Kingsleys was cancelled and the walk did not happen. The Cerebral Palsy Trust is now preparing for the Kingsleys 2021 and many other community outreach projects to raise awareness about cerebral palsy.
David who is now in L6th had watched for the previous two years, his peers run this course and decided that he wanted to take part as well. For David this was a huge feat and meant that he would walk on his crutches for 5km, this would take him 12 hours to complete! David who was born with Cerebral Palsy was told at the age of 2 that he would never walk or possibly talk and to this day David has continuously proven these Doctors wrong! One reason David is now able to walk with crutches and live a more comfortable life was due to a life changing surgery which he had at the age of 6. This surgery took place at St Louis Children’s hospital in the US where he had a Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy surgery. This surgery to the average person is incredibly hard to get and took David and his family many years to fundraise for and in some cases cost over £100,000.
When David decided to take on this challenge last year, we decided to turn this walk into a charitable cause! Our aim as a charity was to raise £70,000 to enable 1 or maybe 2 people to have the same life changing surgery David had, here in the UK! At this current moment we stand at about £50,000 and our target is to smash our aim by the end of this academic year! With the birth of this fundraiser, this created the Cerebral Palsy Trust.
As a charitable cause we aim to provide services and a voice to the forgotten people who have Cerebral Palsy and as this cause is very close to the Picton and Wellington we saw our support grow hugely last year, to the thanks of the Wellington community. Due to the unforeseen circumstances of COVID-19 last year, the walk was cancelled, we were 10 hours away from it happening. One of our primary focuses, to act as their voice was made as we feel there isn't a platform for people with cerebral palsy to voice their stories. As well as this, we aim to be able to support children in the future to be able to have the same life changing surgery David had.
We would like to thank you for taking the time to read about us and hope you have a look at our social media account as well.
The Cerebral Palsy Trust
We raised over £140,000 after David walked 5km in 10 hours on his crutches
A dinner will be hosted at some point in 2021, details to follow soon!