Schoolboy's life 'transformed' by donation 
 - but more help needed for charity

PUBLISHED: 10:00 11 May 2014

Joshua Laycock with parents Claire and Stephen with their new car and chair, and Jenny Townsend and Tamsyn Jenkins (chairman) from Weston and District Cerebral Palsy Society.

Joshua Laycock with parents Claire and Stephen with their new car and chair, and Jenny Townsend and Tamsyn Jenkins (chairman) from Weston and District Cerebral Palsy Society.

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PARENTS of a 10-year-old Weston schoolboy have given thanks to a cerebral palsy charity which provided them with a deposit for new transport.

Herons’ Moor Academy pupil Joshua Laycock, of Garland Avenue in Locking was born prematurely, at just 25 weeks, and suffers from cerebral palsy.

He is just one of many children helped by the Weston and District Society for Cerebral Palsy and Learning Difficulties, after the group provided vital support to his family.

In need of a better form of transport, his parents, Claire and Stephen, applied for funding from the group and said they do not know what they would have done without its help.

Claire, aged 43, said: “We were completely delighted because we were just stuck.

“We have a normal car and we were struggling to get him in and out of it. It was getting a bit of a battle getting into the car and it was quite stressful for us.

“Without the charity’s help we did not know how we were going to get this mobility vehicle.

“It’s brilliant and has transformed everything for us.”

The society gave the family a deposit for the specialist car, amounting to £1,195, and chairman Tamsyn Jenkins now says she hopes to get more people involved in the group’s work in memory of her father.

The charity was formed by a group of parents in 1954 and offers practical help, advice and support to those it represents including carers.

Tamsyn, who has been involved in the society since her father Peter Goulbourn was chairman in 1988, said helping a family like Joshua’s is really rewarding.

She said: “It makes you feel alive when you can help other families.

“And doing this kind of work keeps the spirit of my dad alive.”

Tamsyn, who lives in Cheltenham, travels to the town once a week to visit families and help out with the society as she feared the group would disband after her father lost his battle with cancer in 2012.

She said: “Nobody wanted to take on the role and I wasn’t going to let me father’s work die. And I was happy to carry the work on.

“The society has died down in the past few years and we want to get to know the people of Weston again, get people involved and let them know what we are about.”

If you would like more information about the society, or become involved in the group, visit the charity’s Facebook page, visit www.westonsociety.org.uk or call Tamsyn on 07817 204123.

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