In February this year, there was much excitement here at Bobath Wales when it was announced that our very own Founder Parent and Family Support Coordinator, Glenys Evans, had been nominated for the prestigious Citizenship Award at this year’s St David’s Day Award Ceremony, which is held annually at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay.
The Citizenship Award is intended for people in Wales who have worked to improve their local community or communities across Wales on an ongoing basis and whose unselfish actions have served the public or improved the lives of others.
In the early 1990s, Glenys was frustrated by having to travel to London to access specialist therapy for her son Tom. So, together with her husband, Bob Evans, and a few other remarkable parents, she helped set up and open Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales in 1992. That year, Bobath Wales helped 45 children. Fast forward 26 years and that number has grown to 489 children.
For the last 20 years, Glenys has acted as our Family Support Coordinator, a role in which she provides practical and emotional support to parents coming to terms with their child’s disability. But her involvement doesn’t stop there! Over the years, Glenys has acted as Trustee to the charity as well as a volunteer. To mark Bobath Wales’ 20th Anniversary, Glenys undertook a 100km Sahara Trek and raised an incredible £20,000 for the charity.
“It was a huge surprise to find I had been nominated and shortlisted as a finalist for the St David’s Award earlier this year!” exclaimed Glenys. “After doing some interviews and meeting all the finalists at the launch ceremony, I then attended the award evening at the Senedd with my daughter, Vicky, and we both had a wonderful time. We arrived to see the red carpet rolled out, a welcoming drinks reception and a lovely three course meal all the while meeting the other finalists, AMs and the First Minister. It was an honour and very humbling to hear each finalist’s story in all the different categories and the winners were all very special people. Although I didn’t win I was a little overwhelmed by the response to my story and lovely comments made to me and the follow up news coverage that took place. My thanks to my Bobath colleagues and the families who were involved in nominating me and the support of all my family, especially my son Thomas, who did some of the interviews with me.”