Osteopaths give a helping hand to children

Osteopaths from across the UK have so far donated more than  £1000 to the Osteopathic Centre for Children, to support the charity’s mission to provide specialist osteopathic treatments for children, particularly those whose families are experiencing financial hardship.

The ‘Donate A Day’ fundraising initiative has seen osteopaths from across the UK and beyond join the OCC team to donate what they would usually earn in one treatment, a half-day or a full-day clinic, to enable the charity to offer treatments to children whose families couldn’t otherwise afford it.

“We believe that specialist osteopathy should be a treatment option for all children, not just those whose families have more disposable income,” says Paddy Ferrall, CEO of the Osteopathic Centre for Children. “We ask families to make a donation towards their care and we receive no government funding, so without the support of our osteopaths the charity would be unable to help families in need in the same way. We’re hugely grateful all the practices that joined our team for pulling together with us this summer and helping us keep treating children who can benefit from osteopathy.”

For children like Luna, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy shortly after a traumatic birth, the charity offered real support during a difficult period. As mum Andreina says: “The fact that you donate what you can made it…an option for us with money being tight. When we had more we would give a bit more, but we wouldn’t have been able to give Luna the opportunity to have treatment anywhere near as regularly if we were paying ‘normal’ prices.”

The charity will be encouraging its friends to take part in the worldwide #givingtuesday initiative on 29 November to help raise more funds to support its work.

You can find out more about the Osteopathic Centre for Children or make a donation at www.occ.uk.com.
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Contact – Ally Rea, for Osteopathic Centre for Children, 07817 018496, alison.rea@occ.uk.com

Notes to Editors

The Osteopathic Centre for Children is a charity that provides specialist osteopathic treatments to improve children’s day-to-day lives.

Since 1991, the charity has been working to ensure paediatric osteopathy is a treatment option for all children, regardless of their family’s ability to pay, by:

  • providing gentle, effective, specialist osteopathic treatments for children from birth to 18
  • training osteopaths to be competent and confident paediatric care professionals
  • carrying out research into paediatric osteopathy and champion its use worldwide