Cerebral palsy charity launches new website to mark 60th anniversary
A charity which was formed in Thurrock 60 years ago has marked its diamond anniversary with the launch of a new website as it works to raise its profile among supporters and service users.
The Thurrock and District Cerebral Palsy Society has been supported by leading regional law firm Bridge McFarland in building the new site, which reflects the experience of the Society in helping families living with cerebral palsy.
The Society was launched in April 1957 and is run completely by volunteers. Its mission is to provide support and friendship for people who have cerebral palsy and their families in Thurrock and the surrounding area. It is open to all people who have cerebral palsy, regardless of their age and ability.
Staci Liversedge from Bridge McFarland who specialises in helping families with disabled children, said: “The new website is a real breakthrough for the Thurrock and District Cerebral Palsy Society. It will help them promote what they do and bring people together.
“The website sets out some of the causes and symptoms of cerebral palsy, what sort of support is available and what the Society is doing to help people. As a law firm which has great experience and expertise in the medical field we feel it is important to help the Society raise its profile and enable more people to benefit from its services.”
Tracy Pearce, chair of the Thurrock and District Cerebral Palsy Society, said: “The Cerebral Palsy Society has developed considerably over the years since its early beginnings, not just in numbers but in what we offer our members. Lifelong friendships have developed and support gained from membership includes grants for essential equipment, day trips, use of our specially adapted holiday home, advice and support, social events, hiring the society’s minibus and many other benefits.”
John Story, Community Engagement Officer for the Society and a member, said: “Not every county in the UK has a district Cerebral Palsy Society and we are very fortunate to be able to offer this level of support. It can be a lonely journey when you are trying to get to the bottom of what is affecting a family member’s development or health. I am thrilled to be able to help others and give something back to the charity.”
If you would like further information on how to become a member or how the Society can support you then please contact Tracy on 01375 641024 or visit the website at www.tdcps.co.uk