Saturday September 27th saw Barvas become a hive of activity with the first of hopefully many fundraising events for Cerebral Palsy in Lewis and Harris.  A sponsored walk and fun day raised £3,250.50 (and counting) for three-year-old Joshua Frost Campbell, to help improve his life with Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy.

Activities ranged from bouncy castles and a nail bar to face painting, raffles, and lucky dips.  The activities were enjoyed by a huge turnout of people from the local community and beyond, all doing their bit to support Joshua and his family. 

Joshua was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy shortly before his 2nd birthday, after having spent the first week of his life in the Southern General Hospital’s special baby care unit; he was flown away with the lowest blood sugar levels ever recorded in the Western Isles.  Although he is unable to sit up or walk unsupported, it is still early days.

With the money raised from the fun day and sponsored walk, Joshua will be able to attend the Bobath Therapy Centre in Glasgow, which helps improve the lives of children and adults with cerebral palsy and other similar neurological conditions. The intensive and individually-tailored therapy on offer at Bobath can help children to improve their mobility skills, communication, and independence, and Joshua will be visiting for a week on October 27th.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to all the local businesses for their overwhelming donations for the raffle and lucky dip,” says Joshua’s mother, Sarah Campbell.  “We would also like to thank Alice and Agnes Joan for coming up with the idea; Janice, Margaret, Ann, Alison, Maryann, and Christine for their wonderful support and hard work on the day; and to everyone who helped make the day a huge success.”