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Power of magic will help to improve the lives of children with cerebral palsy thanks to a new fund

November 6, 2018

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When Trevor Thorn saw how his nine-year-old son Ashton’s life was transformed by an intensive therapy course, he knew he wanted to help other children benefit from it.

Now, thanks to a new partnership with Clarkson Evans and other businesses, even more young people from across the South West will be able to take part.

We are delighted to have been able to help fund places on the Breathe Magic Intensive Therapy Programme. It helps young people with hemiplegia, a form of cerebral palsy, where injury to the brain causes weakness and paralysis to one side of the body.

On the course, occupational therapists work with magicians from The Magic Circle to improve children’s coordination and motor skills.

Trevor and his wife Zoe, who run Thorn Homes Ltd in Gloucestershire, approached our Chairman Steve Evans hoping to raise money to send more children on the programme.

“I’ve known Trevor for a number of years and have had the privilege of meeting his son, Ashton. I’ve seen first-hand how this programme has helped him and it is an honour to support this initiative and help other young people benefit from it,” Steve said.

The programme consists of a 10-day camp and follow up workshops and incorporates carefully designed magic tricks and everyday activities to help young people complete tasks that they couldn’t do previously - improving their confidence, emotional wellbeing and overall quality of life.

Trevor said: “I’m really touched by the number of businesses that have come forward and offered to donate £2,550, which will fund a child’s future place at the magic camp.

“I’m so pleased that other young people will be able to benefit from the ground-breaking therapy treatment that the Breathe Magic Programme offers, just as my son did.”

“The difference we’ve seen in Ashton since he attended the camp is extraordinary. Even trying to open a bag of crisps, a task that most adults, let alone children would take for granted, was extremely difficult for him. Now he can do this and much more and his confidence has been transformed.”

Trevor has utilised his existing business contacts to already secure more than £30,000-worth of funding from 12 businesses. This will mean a dozen young people with hemiplegia will be able to attend a Breathe Magic Camp in the South West in 2019.

Businesses who have supported the programme so far include:

A Property Sales

Bennetts Coaches

Clarkson Evans

Elmrep

Federation of Master Builders

Genesis Timber Engineering

John Ruck Construction

My Choice Homes

Officenet

The Flying Shack

Thorn Homes

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We recently held a thank you drinks reception and information evening here at Clarkson Evans and Ashton Thorn, who has benefited from the innovative therapy programme, entertained businesses with his new-found skills, as he worked alongside Magic Circle magician, Richard McDougall.

Parents of young people, aged seven to 19-years-old, affected by hemiplegia, can find out more about the camp by contacting Adam Simmons, Project Co-ordinator on 0203 2902013 or emailing: magic@breatheahr.org or they can register their interest at: www.breatheahr.org

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