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Bromley FC gives £2,000 boost to specialist physiotherapy centre

PUBLISHED: 16:00 15 April 2016 | UPDATED: 16:00 15 April 2016

Bromley FC defender Ben Chorley with Dan Catchesides and Freddie Farmer in the LokoHelp

Bromley FC defender Ben Chorley with Dan Catchesides and Freddie Farmer in the LokoHelp

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The centre provides support for children with disabilities such as cerebral palsy

A physiotherapy centre in Bromley looking to raise funds for equipment that will help disabled children to walk has been given a £2,000 boost from Bromley Football Club.

The donation, which was presented by players as they visited the centre this week, came from the club’s share of the FA Cup Pool prize money after they made it through to the first round of last season’s FA Cup.

Bromley FC, whose home matches are played at Hayes Lane, heard about the Freddie Farmer Foundation charity and wanted to help.

The charity, which is based on Elliot Road, provides high-quality specialised physiotherapy and support services for children with cerebral palsy and mobility problems, as well as providing support for their families and carers.

It helps disabled children aged between three and 16 years with cerebral palsy, developmental delay/co-ordination disorders and other non-progressive neurological disorders and syndromes.

The centre opened on April 20, 2015, and it is one of only a handful of independent UK therapy centres offering specialist equipment and therapeutic exercises, supporting disabled children from all over London and the south-east.

In order to cover its running costs, the charity has to raise £150,000 every year, and it is also hoping to acquire a ‘game-changing’ piece of equipment called a LokoHelp electromechanical gait trainer to enable disabled children to walk.

The LokoHelp does the work of two physiotherapists by holding the child’s legs in an upright position to enable the children to walk in the correct walking pattern.

The centre has one on a 12-month repayment plan but needs to raise £55,000 by the end of the year to keep it.

Defender Ben Chorley, first team coach Mark Hammond and General Manager Jeff Hutton, presented the cheque for £2,000 to charity trustee Dan Catchesides.

Mr Catchesides commented: “The Bromley FC donation brings us one step closer to reaching our annual £150,000 fundraising target.

“We’re a not-for-profit charity and so all the money we raise goes 100 per cent back to running the centre, there are no paid chief executives or fundraisers, everyone involved is a volunteer.”

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