Sometimes it can feel that charity donations get lost in a mass of administrative fees and large projects but when my daughter and her friends raised £90 for Hemihelp a couple of years ago, the personal response from the charity demonstrated how grateful they were and how much the funds were needed. In fact, since I chose Hemihelp as one of the 40 fortycubed charities they have had to reduce their paid staff members due to reduced funding.
What is Hemiplegia?Hemiplegia is a lifelong condition caused by injury to the brain which can take place during pregnancy, at birth, in childhood and also in later life. It affects movement on one side of the body to a varying degree and can also cause other less visible effects such as epilepsy, specific learning difficulties, anxiety or challenging behaviour. Hemiplegia affects one person in every 1000.
Hemiplegia can affect the body, learning and emotions and yet the symptoms will often go unnoticed by the wider family and friends. This video link below gives a helpful overview of Hemiplegia.
What is HemiHelp?
HemiHelp was set up in 1990 by a small group of parents, and now has a thriving membership of families and professionals all over Britain. They provide information, support and events for children and adults with Hemiplegia, their families and the professionals who support them.
How can HemiHelp help?
Hemihelp runs a Helpline staffed by trained volunteers who all have personal experience of Hemiplegia. In addition to offering online and paper resources, the charity links members who have shared experiences and is developing a network of local groups. The charity runs regular conferences and workshops around the UK for both parents and professionals. There are also a number of sports and activity days organised for children in different regions and a transition support service for young adults including employment workshops, 1:1 support and work placements.
If you would like to support the work of Hemihelp please do so via this link.