Our history

Discover the history of our charity and read more about our founder parents

Founder parents

In the mid 1980s, Paul and Yvonne Lubas and Glenys and Bob Evans, parents of children with cerebral palsy, were regularly travelling the 300 mile round trip to the Bobath Centre in London. A few years later, in 1989, frustrated by the distance they had to travel for specialist treatment, the couples made a pledge together to open a specialist centre in Wales and launched a fundraising campaign.

They were then joined by other parents from across South Wales and formed a core group who we refer to as our founder parents. These are Chris and Jane Loyn, John and Liz Weaver, Anne Shercliffe, Greg and Wendy Frost, Peter and Jan Bates, Ian and Kerry Massey, Richard and Hazel Nicholson and Hefin and Helen Owen. Cerebral Palsy Cymru would like to thank all the founding parents and those who later joined sub-committees for their commitment, dedication, fundraising, and hard work that led to the centre opening in June 1992.

After considerable fundraising efforts, the vision that the founding parents first had, became a reality with the opening of Bobath Cymru in 1992. The charity started with just four therapists and in its first year was able to treat 45 children.

Glenys is still very involved in the centre, leading our Family Support Service.

Glenys paid for the first rent on the building with £30 of her own money, before any of the fundraising started.  If you would like to continue the legacy of that very first gift of £30 please read more about our 1992 club.

How we have helped in Wales

110

Family support appointments took place in 2018-19

286

Children from across Wales have been treated during 2018-19

1,682

The number of sessions of specialist therapy we delivered in 2018-19

Clara With Mum Sera Jane

Clara’s story

When we completed our first baby block of 6 weeks of therapy at Cerebral Palsy Cymru’s therapy centre it was a life-changer. We are truly grateful to have found such help and guidance amongst the darkness, we can now look forward to the future, thanks to Cerebral Palsy Cymru.

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Pam Perry

I started to Bake for Bobath in 2014 as a fun way of saying thank you to Bobath for the amazing therapy they have given my granddaughter.

Held at home, a small gathering of friends with plenty of cake and coffee plus donations, £97.00, not bad I thought. Still held at home it is an annual event on m…

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Sienna’s story

The early intervention programme, has been such a comfort to us as we were doing something positive from pretty much day one for Sienna. The support and comfort that Cerebral Palsy Cymru provides means that the therapy doesn’t just stop with the child who receives it, the whole family benefits.

- Family Story

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Fred Soper

Bobath to me means I can give something back to my community. I was a customer at Crwys road and liked the atmosphere that the manager created. The volunteers are happy and the manager is kind-hearted and good with everyone so when I got the opportunity to volunteer my first choice was Bobath.

I esp…

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Ffion’s story

Each visit to Cerebral Palsy Cymru’s therapy centre in Cardiff meant a 130-mile round trip to get to the centre but it was well worth it. The sessions were a great tool and taught us how to help Ffion and how to continue with her physiotherapy at home.

- Family Story

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