Specialists in Cerebral Palsy

Welsh Children’s Charity driving force behind Mamhilad Car Show

Mamhilad Park Estate in Pontypool is gearing up to throw open its gates to host a 350-vehicle charity car show in aid of Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre, a welsh charity that provides specialist Bobath therapy to hundreds of children across Wales who have cerebral palsy.

Matt Gould, from Pontypool, whose daughter Charlotte has attended Bobath Wales is in charge of the event and after the success of the inaugural show last year, he’s very much looking forward to this year’s show. “A car show seemed like such a fun way to help raise funds for a charity that is so close to our hearts, and the car community have been so helpful, supportive and overwhelmingly generous. ”

Cerebral palsy is the most common physical disability in children and affects an estimated 1,800 children in Wales. The charity not only supports the children but gives families emotional support and practical advice and help if they need it. Charlotte, now aged 12, is just as enthusiastic about cars as her dad Matt, and is delighted that the event is taking place once again.

“Charlotte has been visiting Bobath since she was 2 year’s old. Bobath help identify activities that she needs help with and that are important to Charlotte, and the difference the therapy makes over the block of therapy treatment is incredible. They also focus on enabling us as parents to continue the good work after the sessions by teaching us handling techniques and physio that help Charlotte to achieve all she can and I have no doubt that she would be a completely different person without the assistance of the Bobath team”

This year, the charity needs to raise £1.8M to keep the centre running. 80% of this overall income comes from donations, gifts in wills, retail activity and fundraising events such as the Mamhilad Charity Car Show which means that the charity can continue to provide their services free of charge to families across Wales.

Rachel Morgan, Head of Income Generation at Bobath Wales, would like to extend her thanks to everyone involved in the organisation of the car show, “We are incredibly grateful to Matt and his family for hosting this event for the second year in a row. Without amazing supporters like this, we simply couldn’t continue the work we do making a difference to the lives of children across Wales who have cerebral palsy. Our fundraising team are very much looking forward to attending the event and I hope that everyone who attends has a brilliant day.”

The family friendly event, which will take place on the 27th July, will not only have over 350 classic, modern and sports cars on display, but will also have a host of family fun and games, face painting and craft stalls.

Motors@Mamhilad will be staged in the main car park at the Mamhilad Park Estate on Saturday, July 27, from 10am to 2pm.Entry is £3 for adults and £1 per child > 10 and is payable at the gates.