Ground-breaking centre has transformed brave little Gabriel’s life

16.11.12 Photograph Jamie Forbes. . KIRKINTILLOCH.  Mary and Mark McBryan with sons Callum and Gabriel who has cerebral palsy. They are supporting an appeal for a therapy centre that Gabriel attends.
16.11.12 Photograph Jamie Forbes. . KIRKINTILLOCH. Mary and Mark McBryan with sons Callum and Gabriel who has cerebral palsy. They are supporting an appeal for a therapy centre that Gabriel attends.

TRIBUTE has been paid to an amazing facility which has helped change a grateful family’s life.

Little Gabriel McBryan has benefited from specialist therapy treatment at the Bobath Scotland Centre in Glasgow.

The three-year-old has cerebral palsy, which affects his movement and co-ordination.

Gabriel attended the centre over six weeks last year and his parents, Mary and Mark, are hoping he will be able to go back for more therapy.

They are backing Bobath Scotland’s recently launched fundraising campaign - the Precious Lives Appeal.

The charity is determined to raise enough funds to ensure that even children with the most challenging and complex needs get the help they need.

Cerebral palsy is an incurable condition caused by damage to the infant brain, but it doesn’t necessarily affect intelligence.

While some children are profoundly disabled, many want to be independent.

In Gabriel’s case his movement and co-ordination have been affected.

Mum Mary (35) said: “Gabriel can’t support his own body weight and does not have speech. Attending the centre has made a big difference.

“Gabriel’s coming on now and wants to communicate, he’s a very aware young boy.

“When he attended the centre he started to communicate with eye pointing and they worked a lot with improving his posture.

“It makes day-to-day life easier. Gabriel is a happy wee boy who really loves attention.

“He attends Campsie View Nursery and Riverside Nursery. He really enjoys mixing with other children.”

Mary and Mark, who live in Kirkintilloch and also have a six-year-old son Callum, have been involved in various fundraising activities organised by Bobath.

The charity’s chief executive, Stephanie Fraser, said: “It is tragic that the skills exist to help those most in need and yet so few are able to access services due to funding.

“Bobath Scotland has helped over 700 children from across Scotland in our 17-year history and, if we raise enough funds, we can give these children the care and support to allow them to reach their full potential.

“Even a small donation of £15 can help us buy sensory materials to encourage engagement and learning.”

You can donate to the Precious Lives Appeal at www.bobathscotland.org.uk/donate_now/donate_now.asp

Contact the fundraising team at Bobath Scotland on 0141 352 5000 or info@bobathscotland.org.uk for more information.

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