Corporate supporters that are helping us to Build A Better Future - Slater & Gordon Lawyers
February 01 2022
The first phase of our new children’s centre was completed in May 2021, and our first therapy session took place in our new home on 4th May 2021. Although a milestone to be celebrated we knew there was still essential refurbishment to be done and key facilities that we, as a disability charity, still needed such as a lift. We appealed to our supporters and corporate friends to help us raise the remaining £450,000 needed to complete the work, and truly give the children and families we support a children’s centre to be proud of.
Since 2020, Slater & Gordon law firm have been supporting our Early Intervention Service for babies who have, or are at risk of having, cerebral palsy. They have also been generous in pledging their support for our new children’s centre, by sponsoring the Family Support Suite.
The room is a dedicated area for our Family Support Coordinator, Glenys Evans, to meet with our families both face-to-face and virtually, but most importantly, confidentially. The room is welcoming and well equipped with kitchen facilities and sofas, making it a very comfortable space for the families who meet with Glenys.
Having a designated room so that she can provide practical and emotional support to families in a confidential and private area means the world to Glenys.
“Often conversations, especially in the early days, can be extremely emotional for our families as they talk me through their journeys. Some of the babies we see are as young as a few months old, so it is all very new for the parents. It has been hugely beneficial to be able to offer a safe, quiet, and comfortable environment to have these conversations with our families. I am extremely grateful to Slater & Gordon not only for sponsoring our Family Support Suite but for their kind support for our early intervention service. We have had 50 babies referred to us since April 2021 so their commitment to us is invaluable in ensuring that we can reach these babies as early as possible in their young lives.”
Alongside this, we can always rely on the Slater & Gordon team to get involved when we run our fundraising campaigns. For example, a team made up of staff members from their various offices across the country got involved with our ‘3000 Star Jumps in November’ challenge and raised an incredible £1020.
We were delighted to recently welcome Julia Reynolds, Principal Lawyer and Yvonne Agnew, Head of Clinical Negligence Cardiff, to look around our new children’s centre and to show them the Family Support Suite that they have so kindly sponsored.
Julia, along with Yvonne, has been a supporter of Cerebral Palsy Cymru for a number of years and was thrilled with the opportunity to support our Build a Better Future campaign.
“We have the absolute pleasure of supporting Cerebral Palsy Cymru and the fantastic work that they do. Not only do they provide life-changing therapy, but they also provide an excellent support service to the families who need it. In our work, we meet lots of families who are facing daily challenges to get the help and support that they need. Cerebral Palsy Cymru goes above and beyond in their role of providing therapy and support that helps children with cerebral palsy reach milestones. They also recognise the wider picture and can really be a lifeline to families. I have seen time and again the families whose lives have been changed as a result of the support given to them by this charity. Glenys, their Family Support Coordinator, is quite simply an inspiration to many. We couldn’t have been more pleased when we got the chance to sponsor the room where Glenys can meet families and offer her very unique blend of care and expertise. I cannot wait to see what the new Children’s Centre and its Family Support Suite will do for even more families. “
We would like to take this opportunity to once again thank the team at Slater & Gordon for their continued support. Together, we can continue to make a difference to children and families across Wales living with cerebral palsy.
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Cerebral Palsy Cymru is a registered charity in England and Wales 1010183. A company limited by guarantee. Registered company in England and Wales 02691690. Registered address: Cerebral Palsy Cymru, 1 The Courtyard, 73 Ty Glas Avenue, Llanishen, Cardiff, CF14 5DX.