Meet some of our Fundraising Groups

Friends of Bobath Wales

Friends of Bobath Wales have been dedicated supporters of Bobath since 2001 and over the years this fantastic group have made a real and significant difference to Bobath and the children who need us.Derek Redwood and Mike Salter are the driving force behind the group and their dedication and enthusiasm for Bobath is contagious, ensuring that the group goes from strength to strength

Friends of Bobath Wales certainly put the fun into fundraising and they organise a wide variety of events every year. These include a celebrity golf day, a corporate kidnap, treks, musical nights as well as a football match against Cardiff City veterans at Ninian Park. The group’s continued and substantial support is much appreciated by everyone at the Centre and we really cannot thank them enough.

The South Wales Classic Car Club

Classic Car ClubThe South Wales Classic Car Club has supported Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales since its inception and has raised a fantastic £97,000 so far. The first Classic Car Show took place in 1986 and from there has grown into one of the premier events not only in the locality but in the country with many exhibitors coming from all over Wales,England and Ireland. We are very grateful to the committee and club members of The SWCCC for its unswerving commitment and fundraising efforts that make such a difference to all the children at the Bobath Centre.

We can’t thank them enough! The annual Classic Car Show takes place every year in May in the grounds of Pencoed College, Bridgend.

Margaret Lauder and Friends

Margaret began fundraising for Bobath in June 2007 after reading an article in theSouth Wales Echo about Bobath and how the Centre was struggling to meet the growing demand for Bobath therapy. Since then they have organised a variety of fundraising events, including two 6km Taff Trail Sponsored Walks and the popular annual Charity Showcase held in January.

The 151 Club

151 ClubMoira Hillman and Marion Jones set up their fundraising group, The 151 Club, to help raise funds for Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales and CLIC Sargent. They had very personal reasons for choosing both of us, as Moira’s granddaughter is currently in remission from Leukaemia and Marion’s granddaughter has cerebral palsy and attends the Bobath Centre. Moira explained “We are anxious to ensure that other children receive the same wonderful treatment as Laurie and Megan.”

The group, based in Blackwood, have 10 willing volunteers and they decided to call themselves The 151 Club, as most of their members catch the 151 bus to their group meetings. Ever since they became Friends of Bobath it’s been ‘all aboard and full steam ahead’ and they have organised many events, including coffee mornings, a fashion show, a Christmas market, a sponsored walk and a fundraising bus trip to the Lakes and Dales. If you live in the area please give them your support.

If you would like to learn more about the 151 Club and their forthcoming events please visit their website at www.the151club.co.uk

The Cwm Crafters

Lead by Susan Jones, The Cwm Crafters are a group of very talented ladies from Aberdare, who enjoy crocheting, sewing and knitting items to sell for charity. Over the years they have raised thousands of pounds for charity and we are delighted that they have now chosen Bobath as the beneficiary of all their hard work. Throughout the year the Cwm Crafters are selling their hand-made crafts and Bobath merchandise. Not only are they helping to raise essential funds but they are also creating awareness of our important work.

Emlyn Friends of Bobath

The group set up by the Walters family of Newcastle Emlyn decided to raise money for Bobath Wales after seeing first-hand the difference that specialist Bobath Therapy makes.

Dylan Walters, grandfather to Ffion who attends Bobath Wales and who is one of the main coordinators of the group explained what had motivated them to start the fundraising group.

"Ffion was referred to Bobath for therapy sessions and the help that we have received has been life changing. The support and advice that we've been given during Ffion's therapy sessions has made a huge difference.

We now feel more positive about Ffion's future and always focus on her abilities and not her disability.When Ffion had her first session with Bobath she was unable to sit without support. After just an hour of intense physiotherapy, Ffion was able to sit unaided for the first time ever.

As you can imagine, we were overjoyed and very emotional. As Ffion's therapy continues, she is getting stronger and more confident. Each physio session brings an improvement in what she can do and she always achieves something new. 

We decided to form this group to raise money and awareness for Bobath Wales as many of our members have seen first hand the amazing work Bobath Wales does."

The friends group have already held a number of fundraising days in Newcastle Emlyn, including cake stalls and raffles and are looking forward to their first Welly Walk which will be held on Saturday 26th October 2013 at the Leisure Centre in Newcastle Emlyn at 11am.