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Southampton Boat Show Raises Funds

Gareth receives the cheque

Gareth receives the cheque

We would like to say a big thank you to Weymouth Marina who chose to raise money for Cerebra at their annual berth holder party.

They raised a fantastic £880 in total and we sent our Corporate Development Officer Gareth Owens to pick up the cheque during the Southampton Boat Show.

If you would like to find out about how you can raise funds for Cerebra, please check out our fundraising pages.

St John’s Chambers support Cerebra

Delegates at the St John's Chambers Conference

Delegates at the St John’s Chambers Conference

On Tuesday 13th October, St John’s Chambers in Bristol held their National Conference, raising money and awareness for Cerebra.

St John’s Chambers is one of the largest barristers’ sets in the South West, with over 80 members including seven silks, specialising in all major areas of law. The conference featured speakers who are leading consultants in child brain injury and covered many hot topics relevant to practitioners working in the field of child brain injury. The programme of events can be viewed here.

Chris Jones, Cerebra’s Chief Executive, addressed the conference to outline the work that the charity does and delegates also had a chance to view a selection of items designed by the Cerebra Innovation Centre (CIC) including the ever popular iPad Case and the GoTo seat.

Cerebra is very grateful to St John’s Chambers for their support and for helping to raise the charity’s profile in this way.



Christmas Drawing Competition

Get involved with our fabulous festive drawing competition and your child could win some of our fantastic toys.

Do you know any budding young artists? Then our exciting new competition could be right up your street!

We are asking to see your child’s best Christmas picture to get us ready for the festive season! The picture can be of anything you want so long as it is Christmas related so get your creative hats on and help us to get into the Christmas spirit!

The owners of the best pictures will win something from a fabulous selection of boy’s and girl’s toys that have very kindly been donated to us by The Fence Club.

Children of all ages are welcome to enter and there are prizes to suit all ages.

To enter, please provide us with your child’s name, age and your address along with their artwork which can either be emailed with the subject “Christmas Drawing Competition” to or posted to:

Christmas Drawing Competition
c/o Parent Support
Second Floor Offices
The Lyric Building
King Street
SA31 1BD

Get your entries in quick! The closing date is 10th December so that we can send prizes out in time for Christmas!

We’ll include a selection of them in a future News e-mail.

Good luck!

In Memory of Barbara Price

Barbara with her grandson Zack

Barbara with her grandson Zack

Over £1000 was raised in the memory of a beloved grandmother.
Barbara Price passed away suddenly on the 5th of June 2014.

Barbara was the beloved grandmother of Zack, who is five years old. Zack was starved of oxygen at birth, resulting in significant brain damage that left him with cerebral palsy, epilepsy, impaired vision and difficulty eating.

Barbara’s daughter Linzi got in touch with Cerebra after friends and family raised £1060 in her mother’s memory, which was then donated to Cerebra. Linzi hoped that the money would go on to help other children like Zack.

“He absolutely adored his nanny Barbara,” Linzi told us. “Mainly because she spent most of her time cuddling him. They had a special relationship and she is dearly missed.”

Everyone at Cerebra sends their thanks and their sympathies to Linzi, her family and friends.

The charity is dedicated to helping children like Zack through direct, on-going support and by funding vital research into neurological conditions.

Positive stories about autism

Melanie Cosgrave and her childrenDo you have a positive story about someone you know with autism?

My name is Melanie Cosgrave and I am 43 years old.  I am married and have three children, two girls and a boy.  I used to be a primary school teacher and loved working with children.  When I had my children I decided to have a career break but have yet to go back.  I am lucky that I live in a nice quiet village in the North of England.

I have two children on the autistic spectrum, both at the opposite ends so I have had a very sharp learning curve to learn all I can about all aspects of autism.  My daughter is high functioning Aspergers and I am constantly amazed at her capacity for knowledge while totally struggling with the social side of life.  My son who will be ten this year ( I can’t believe it) is severly autistic, struggling to communicate and has very limited speech and attends a special school.

Over the years I have collected and read many books that have helped me and my family on our journey.  My first and one of my favourites being ‘Ten Things Every Child With Autism Wishes You Knew’ by Ellen Notbolm and also ‘The Autism Revolution’ by Martha Herbert.  There are so many books out there to give information and to help educate and for a while I have been thinking about the kind of book I would like to read but haven’t found.

Sometimes there are days that seem tough and that’s when I thought I would like to read a light hearted book filled with positive short stories about autistic people.  Something that is easy to pick up and you don’t have to be thinking too hard about.  A book that family and friends could buy to help someone they know who may just have had a diagnosis in the family, or that grandparents can pick up for a bit of reassurance.  So I thought that I would try and write that book.

So I would love to  hear from anyone who is on the autistic spectrum or has a family member or friend that you have a positive story about.  It can be a funny story or kind or happy, just something positive.  And it needs to be short.  If you could send your story to that would be great.

Thanks very much.

Melanie Cosgrave