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How one family has greatly helped Bobath Scotland

Simply saying 'thank you' to Bobath Scotland for the tremendous difference it has made to the life of six-year-old Rachel Collie wasn't enough for her indebted family and friends.

In the last three years, they have raised over £10,000 for the charity, through annual sponsored walks, as well as by taking part in the Great Scottish Run and 10K.

Rachel, of Cambuslang, has been receiving therapy at Bobath Scotland's Children's Cerebral Palsy Therapy Centre in Glasgow since the age of two.

She and her identical twin sister, Louise, have led three sponsored walks around Strathclyde Park to raise funds for Bobath. Inspired by Rachel's aunt Tricia Reid, and the girls' plucky determination, nine supporters joined the girls at the first event in 2008, to raise an amazing £5,000. The number of participants rose to 25 in 2009 and 79 in 2010 in an event that is now firmly in the calendar each year.

The valiant sporting exploits of the girls' uncle, Paul Docherty, his friend Kieran Logue and Donna Hill - who was Rachel's support worker at nursery - has helped to boost the families' fundraising total to around £10,000.

Said Rachel's mum, Sharon: "The therapy Rachel receives at Bobath is fantastic, and involves the whole family – not just Rachel.

"It gives us all confidence to help Rachel be independent and reminds us what she's capable of. When Rachel attends Bobath, she sees it as going there to play. She adores Bobath therapist, Maia, in whom she's found a friend for life."

The Collie family is very much a part of the fabric of the charity's life. In their quest to give something back, they are already planning their next high-profile fundraising walk around Strathclyde Park – this time, in wellies.

Sharon regularly volunteers her services to Bobaths' fundraising team, and talented photographer David is always on hand to record the highlights of Bobath events and to capture special moments between therapists and the children and families who attend the centre.

"We see it as our obligation to do our bit to raise cash for Bobath and to heighten awareness of their marvellous work," said Sharon.

"If families can encourage anyone to make a contribution, however small, it will make such a difference to the lives of children with cerebral palsy, like Rachel."

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Bobath Scotland, Cerebral Palsy Therapy Centre, Bradbury House, 10 High Craighall Road, Craighall Business Park, Glasgow G4 9UD. Tel No 0141 352 5000 Email:
Bobath Scotland is a Scottish Charity, Index no SC022695 and a company limited by guarantee, No. SC149287