What is CPAM?

Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month (CPAM) is our awareness month that takes place throughout October.

Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, or CPAM, was set up by us as a charity 12 years ago as a way to help us raise awareness of cerebral palsy across Wales. 

During CPAM, we work closely with families, supporters, schools and local community groups to actively raise awareness of cerebral palsy and the work we do as a charity providing specialist therapy and support to children and families across Wales living with cerebral palsy. 

Here are 7 facts you might not know:

• Cerebral palsy is the most common physical disability in children in the world.
• In the UK, cerebral palsy affects 1 in every 400 children.
• It is estimated that 70 babies will be born in Wales every year who will have cerebral palsy.
• Cerebral palsy is caused by damage to the brain that occurs before, during or up to 2 years after birth.
• There is no cure for cerebral palsy. As a specialist centre, we work with each child to improve their quality of life.
• In 2018-19, as a charity we delivered 1,682 sessions of specialist therapy to children from across Wales.
• In 2018-19 we treated 286 babies and children from across Wales who have, or were suspected of having, cerebral palsy.

As a result of the coronavirus crisis, CPAM2020 will be slightly different this year. Usually, our fundraising team would be out and about visiting schools and community groups, educating them on cerebral palsy and the work we do as a charity. We would have over 50 runners taking place in the Cardiff Half Marathon on World CP Day and raising vital funds for us. We would also have seen families from across Wales come together to take part in large sponsored walks.  

We know this won’t be possible this year. That is why we need you to be our voice this October. We are asking all our families, friends, supporters and volunteers to help us celebrate CPAM2020 by sharing our story with their families and friends.  

Throughout CPAM2020 we will be sharing cerebral palsy facts and stories told by our families across our social media channels and by sharing these with your friends, you are helping us raise awareness.  

We are also encouraging our supporters to take part in The 7 Challenge or consider making a gift to help us rebuild and continue to be there in the future for the children and families across Wales living with cerebral palsy. 

Because we know. We are needed more than ever. 

Take part in The 7 Challenge for CPAM2020

Click the link below to find out more about The 7 Challenge and how you can help us raise vital funds this October. 

Make a gift this October

Your donation will help us rebuild and continue to be there in the future for the children and families across Wales living with cerebral palsy. 

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.

- Family Story

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Volunteer with home made cake sale

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.

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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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