Donna has Cerebral Palsy and is a member of our charity.
She is also employed as our Office Coordinator.
Donna is 44 years old and has had Cerebral Palsy all her life. Growing up with CP had its challenges and Donna says that one of her memories of her childhood is frequently feeling isolated and being left out of things like PE and school trips. Now as an adult disabled woman and mother to her 6-year-old son Tom, Donna says she continues to feel isolated due to her disability. She finds this particularly difficult amongst the other parents at her son’s school, who avoid getting to know her, and she finds it particularly frustrating that this also affects her son, who is rarely invited for play dates.
Donna moved to Bristol in 2006 to be with her partner John. She first learned about Cerebral Palsy Plus when she was job hunting, and she began working for our charity as an admin assistant on a part time temporary contract. She threw herself into the job and really made it her own, progressing to Office Coordinator and Donna has played an integral part in growing and developing the charity.
As well as being our Office Coordinator, Donna is also a member of our charity and she and her partner John and son Tom thoroughly enjoy attending our events and activities. They particularly enjoy the social element, and love seeing their son play and enjoy himself, something they often find themselves excluded from in their day-to-day life as parents.
“I love the interaction with the members and how having Cerebral Palsy helps me do my job better, as I can see it from a member’s point of view.”
Winnie’s passion is horses, and she enjoys getting involved with Riding for the Disabled. She particularly loves spending her time with horses Scoobie and Louie and worked hard to get them used to her mobility scooter. However, unfortunately her scooter kept breaking down, as it is not designed for navigating countryside terrain. What Winnie really needed was an all-terrain wheelchair, which would allow her to access more of the countryside that brings her so much joy. Winnie received a grant from Cerebral Palsy Plus which contributed to the purchase of her all-terrain wheelchair. Having this new chair has improved Winnie’s quality of life and it has given her the confidence to enjoy her passion to the full.
“My new chair has changed my life and I am forever grateful. Adventure is on the horizon”
17 year old Leo’s passion is dance and he currently trains at Pineapple Dance Studio in London. Leo is a new member of Cerebral Palsy Plus and came along to perform at our recent talent show. Although he was nervous, he very much enjoyed the experience and was thrilled to get a platform to perform. In his mum’s words, ‘it is tough being a dancer with nowhere to dance’. Leo’s mum was told he would never live when he was born. He was on ventilation for the first year of his life and she was told he would never swallow or walk. So, to see Leo up there on the stage loving life and dancing so passionately was incredible and meant the world to him and his family! Leo blew everyone away with his talent and passion that he won our talent event, which his family describe as the icing on the cake!
“‘Every child has the right to become the best version of themselves they can be. And it’s thanks to those who believe in them and organisations like Cerebral Palsy plus that make all the difference”
Sarah received a grant from Cerebral Palsy Plus to help her purchase a Mobile Hoist. Having this piece of equipment has opened so many opportunities for Sarah, for example it has given her the possibility to go on holiday and be able to get into the swimming pool safely, which is so wonderful for Sarah’s wellbeing! She recently returned from a cruise, and says the hoist is very compact when you don’t have much room. She very much looks forward to taking it many more places with her and using it to enhance her enjoyment and ability to experience more fun experiences like swimming. She is also looking forward to using it to help her lie out on her beanbags in the garden when the weather is nice.