A Watford-based cerebral palsy charity has been awarded a three-year funding grant.

Awarded on Thursday (June 15), the funding - awarded by the City Bridge Trust - will be "instrumental" in supporting the National Bobath Cerebral Palsy Centre's neurotherapy services.

The centre - once known as 'The Bobath Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy' -provides support for children and adults living with the condition.


Cerebral palsy is a long-term condition that affect movement and co-ordination.

According to the centre, it is usually caused by brain damage at birth.

Approximately 160,000 people in the UK have cerebral palsy, 30,000 of which are children.

Along with improving its services for those with physical disabilities and cerebral palsy in Watford, the grant will also allow the charity to expand its services in the London boroughs of Hillingdon, Harrow, Barnet and Enfield.


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The National Bobath Cerebral Palsy Centre's CEO, Madeleine Cassidy, said: "We are grateful to City Bridge Trust for the grant, which will have a profound impact on the lives of our community with cerebral palsy.

"This funding will enable us to further our vital work in supporting people of all ages with cerebral palsy and their families, empowering them to lead fulfilling and independent lives. The team at The Bobath Centre look forward to expanding our programmes and collaborating with City Bridge Trust to create lasting change."

The City Bridge Trust's chairman, Giles Shilson, added: "We’re delighted to be able to support the National Bobath Cerebral Palsy Centre to expand its neurotherapy service.

"This funding will open up access to neurotherapy, which can have a really significant effect in improving quality of life, to many more people who wouldn't otherwise be able to receive it, making a positive and lasting difference to their lives and those of their families.”

Further information about the National Bobath Cerebral Palsy Centre can be found on the organisation's website: www.bobath.org.uk