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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Parents reach £30k kids’ therapy target

A CAMPAIGN to provide specialist therapy for severely disabled children in Furness has met its £30,000 fundraising target.

The parents of three-year-old Jack Bennett, who has cerebral palsy, started the fundraising drive earlier this year in a bid to bring Conductive Education to Barrow.

Furness families have had to travel to the Legacy Rainbow House in Ormskirk, Lancashire, in order for their children to benefit from the special course of therapy, which helps people with the condition live more active and independent lives.

Numerous kind-hearted cash contributions have tipped the fundraising total well over £30,000.

The money will pay for two members of staff – a conductor and a facilitator – to deliver the service once a week at Greengate Children’s Centre for one year.

Four children, including Jack, are already set to benefit when the therapy begins, hopefully after Easter, but there is capacity for another four children.

Jack’s mum Joanne Bennett takes him to Ormskirk two days a week for a three-hour session, so having the therapy on her doorstep will make life infinitely easier.

A delighted Mrs Bennett, of Gleaston Avenue, Barrow, said: “I’m amazed how generous people have been.

“People really are there for you when you need them.

“It will be a lot easier for me, I’ll just be able to take him down the road.

“It frees up my day and it will be a lot less stressful for him, not having to sit in the car for one-and-a-half hours each way.”

In order to maintain the expensive therapy, Mrs Bennett and other families will continue, as a committee, to fundraise year-on-year to ensure the treatment stays in Barrow.

They also hope to reach a position where reduced rates can be offered to parents.

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