Lincolnshire Cerebral Palsy Society has been established for almost 65 years. But what is the charity’s mission? Well, they aim to lend a helping hand to those who are affected by Cerebral Palsy (CP). With a wealth of knowledge and experience that has been built upon since 1966, it’s safe to say Lincolnshire CP Society is the one-stop shop if you’re in need of advice, services or grants.
I know what you’re thinking; “That sounds great, but what on Earth is CP?” It’s a very good question, and luckily for you, it’s one I can answer. To use my own terminology combined with my specific circumstances, CP means I require a wheelchair to get around. It also means I only have one functional arm – the left one is about as much use as a chocolate teapot. I’ve had the disability since birth and although it isn’t degenerative, it’s not going to go away, which is okay because at least I know what I’m dealing with. On a daily basis, I need assistance with pretty much anything physical; getting up, going to bed, meal preparation, washing, dressing and getting from A to B.
But that’s just me. CP affects approximately 1,700 people per year in the UK and the condition affects everyone differently, partly because there are three subtypes, but also because the disability’s spectrum is so vast. However, certain aspects and traits can be pinpointed: CP is caused when abnormal development in the brain occurs at a crucial stage. This can happen whilst a baby is still in the womb, during birth or weeks/months into infancy. Why? There are several factors that can lead to the condition, including; lack of oxygen to the brain, premature labour, meningitis or a serious head injury. As a result, muscle tone and movement are compromised, alongside coordination, control, posture and balance.
One of the difficulties in receiving a diagnosis of CP is its symptoms aren’t immediately noticeable, although, signs are likely to become more prevalent with the first year of a baby’s life. For example, if there is a struggle with muscle weakness or tightness or a delay in critical milestones, such as sight, speech or feeding. But when you have a diagnosis, where do you turn?
Lincolnshire Cerebral Palsy Society will be there in your hour of need. They seek to help with whatever you may require, whether this be treatment, education or training. It is also understood that daily living for someone with Cerebral Palsy can be costly, and so they endeavour to support you financially by offering grants and donations for equipment or otherwise. In my view, most importantly, the Society cooperates with local authorities and organisations to raise awareness and improve services accessed by people with CP.
Lincolnshire Cerebral Palsy Society is a truly great charity and it has the potential to evolve you’re your help. To get involved or to be up to date with the latest news and events, please visit the website or Facebook page. Alternatively, you can email; [email protected] or call 07506340685.