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MPs help Barnet based charity break down barriers
MPs have backed a new campaign aimed at breaking down the barriers faced by families trying to get specialist therapy for children with cerebral palsy.
A group of politicians and supporters gathered at The House of Commons where The Bobath Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy launched its Reaching Out Rising Up appeal on Wednesday.
The event was co-hosted by Finchley and Golders Green MP, Mike Freer, who heard from families who benefit from the charity in East End Road, East Finchley.
Steven Boyle, 40, spoke about it has helped his 11-year-old son, Thomas, as well as the rest of the family.
He said: “I can remember how nervous my wife and I were on our first visit - how apprehensive we were at attending a world famous clinic, and how worried we were that our son would benefit.
“From day one we were made comfortable - we were actively engaged and encouraged to speak of our concerns and difficulties. It was very much a team effort and all our fears poured out."
But he went on to say how the changes in NHS funding left Thomas without therapy for a year.
Jayne Pearce, centre director said: “Children with cerebral palsy and their families are facing ever-lengthening struggles to get approval for therapy funding from their local health service. These delays can have serious consequences for a disabled child’s future health, as therapy is most effective when introduced as early as possible.”
The Bobath Centre hopes to break down barriers such as travelling and accommodation costs, which can prevent children accessing treatment when they need it.