Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

15 March 2017

This month is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, which aims to raise awareness of the condition and raise funds to support people with cerebral palsy to reach their life potential.

Cerebral Palsy Sport (CP Sport) is the UK’s leading national disability sports organisation which helps people with the cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities to discover a love of sport.

This year, they are aiming to raise £10,000 through their Get. Set. Raise. appeal. The campaign provides a toolkit as well as advice on how best to raise money, as well as some suggestions for fundraising activities.

Sascha Kindred CBE is a six time Paralympian who has thirteen Paralympic medals to his name. Speaking to CP Sport last month he said:  “I have been fortunate enough to be involved with CP Sport for over 25 years and they have helped me become a successful Paralympic Swimmer and champion.

“CP Sport spotted me as a young boy who could swim and then helped me develop my passion for the sport by giving me information and encouragement to get to the next level.  

“CP Sport is an awesome charity to support and in particular swimming. They helped me with training and competition opportunities which I owe them a lot for.”

Cerebral palsy is the general term for a number of neurological conditions which affect movement and coordination. It is caused by a problem with parts of the brain which control muscles. There is no cure for the condition, but research suggests that regular exercise in sports like swimming from a young age can be beneficial for people with cerebral palsy.

In 2016, the support that CP Sport received allowed them to run over 30 events in many different sports across 15 counties. This year they hope that the money they raise will enable them to help over 5,000 children.

CP Sport National Swimming Championships

The CP Sport National Swimming Championships is an annual competitive event for all active cerebral palsy swimmers, from club level through to elite level athletes.

The Championships use British Swimming classification, however if there is enough space, cerebral palsy swimmer without a classification can also take part as guests.

The event is taking place this year at Harvey Hadden Sports Village in Nottingham on the 26 March 2017. 

Cerebral Palsy Sport Swimming Infographic

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