Charity: Megan Baker House
PUBLISHED: 10:47 12 October 2011 | UPDATED: 20:07 20 February 2013
As well as celebrating its tenth anniversary next year, Megan Baker House will be marking its achievement in helping more than 400 children, teenagers and adults with motor disabilities
As well as celebrating its tenth anniversary next year, Megan Baker House will be marking its achievement in helping more than 400 children, teenagers and adults with motor disabilities. Lee Gough, chief executive, explains the work of the Leominster-based charity, which counts comedian Jo Brand among its patrons
It was Jo Baker-Watson, whose daughter Megan was born with Cerebral Palsy, who established the charity, which provides ways in which children with this motor disorder and others such as Dyspraxia and Hemiplegia can learn to live their lives as independently as possible. Megan Baker House also provides free help to adults with Parkinsons disease.
We use an educational technique known as conductive education which ensures that each participant achieves full potential. A range of sessions are delivered by trained professionals called conductors. Megan Baker House also provides support to families and carers through advice and information, referrals, befriending and mentoring.
We are located in a converted barn near Berrington Hall, just outside Leominster, from where we provide sessions in-house and through our project REACH OUT. We are proud of our success in obtaining a major grant of 362,000 from the Big Lottery Fund for this project, which will allow us to take our services out into neighbouring counties. The project currently operates across Herefordshire and Worcestershire and will eventually encompass Shropshire, Warwickshire and Gloucestershire.
As well as applying to major grant giving bodies like the Lottery, we raise funds through applications to altruistic organisations and by holding community events. We were delighted when a Pimms and Ponies event held in May raised 7,000. We have also recently benefited from a wonderful fundraiser at The Courtyard two back-to-back performances by Jo Brand which raised the roof and an evening of medieval merriment at Parsonshall Farm, Kyre, also contributed a significant amount to our funds. Our fundraising is ongoing and every penny we receive goes towards the delivery of our services.
Next year, to celebrate and highlight our tenth anniversary, we are putting together a whole series of events, including a ball at Eastnor Castle on July 5, with tickets priced at 80 and limited to just 150 people. Details of other events will be put on our website as they become available.
We love having involvement from volunteers we are a very small team. We have a downloadable pack on our website providing ideas for ways in which people can get involved.
For more informationphone 01568 616179 or 07801 900518 or visit: www.meganbaker house.org.uk