Hop to it! Registration is now open for Oswestry Bunny Run

Oswestry Bunny Run

Pauline Holbrook (Director and Clinical Lead at The Movement Centre), Jac Porter (who attends The Movement Centre) and James Manford (Co-organiser of Oswestry Bunny Run).

Registration is now open for Oswestry Bunny Run, which takes place on the 8th April 2018. It is the 3rd year of the 5k charity fun run, where participants are able to enjoy the beautiful green spaces in Oswestry and support local charities.

We are delighted that the Bunny Run is supporting The Movement Centre this year.

“The concept of the Bunny Run was to raise money for local charities as well as connecting the community through sport,” said James Manford, Co-organiser of Oswestry Bunny Run.  “This year, the Bunny Run is proud to donate all profits to The Movement Centre for their work supporting children with movement disabilities.”

You don’t need to be a competitive runner to take part in the event. Participants of all ages are welcome, including four-legged friends! Fancy dress is encouraged, but not essential. The Bunny Run is supported by a number of local businesses. Participants receive a goodie bag which is sponsored by Sainsbury’s in Oswestry and volunteers from Oswestry Cambrian Rotary Club help with the event. The online booking system has been provided by Up Hill Down Dale. Over the last two years the event has raised nearly £2000 for local causes.

To take part in the event you can register online at www.bunnyrun.co.uk. The entry price is £10.50 for adults and £5.50 for children, with all profits going to The Movement Centre.

Oswestry Lions Club supports The Movement Centre

Pauline Holbrook (Director and Clinical Lead at The Movement Centre), Maureen Ross (President, Oswestry Lions Club), Bill Bowen (Treasurer, Oswestry Lions Club) and Curtis Langley (Fundraiser).

Oswestry Lions Club has supported The Movement Centre with a kind donation of £6250.

This year, Lions around the world are joining in the celebration of 100 Years of Service of Lions Clubs International. Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest charitable service organisation with more than 1.4 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.

“Oswestry Lions Club is pleased to support The Movement Centre in its pioneering work,” said Maureen Ross, Chair of Oswestry Lions Club. “This has been made possible by the generosity of the people of the town in donating to the Lions during fundraising events.”

Lions Club of Oswestry regularly fund and aid many good causes, supporting town and district events, bursaries and competitions within schools, donating to and via other charitable and public service organisations and to many individuals in their time of need over the last 42 years.

 “We are so thankful to Oswestry Lions Club for their generous contribution towards our work”, said Pauline Holbrook, Director and Clinical Lead, at The Movement Centre. “Donations like this enable us to continue providing Targeted Training therapy, which makes a huge difference to the children and their families.”

Targeted Training is unique to The Movement Centre. As it is a specialist therapy it sits outside of the remit for standard NHS funding. This means that we rely on the generous support of donors and fundraisers. It is only with this support that we can continue to make a different to the lives of children and families throughout the UK.


Ocean Telecom chooses The Movement Centre as new charity partner

Shropshire Charity Partner

Vicky and Curtis from The Movement Centre with Jeremy Rose, managing director of Ocean Telecom

Telecoms provider, Ocean Telecom, have chosen The Movement Centre as their new charity partner.

They will be organising a number of fundraising initiatives to raise funds to support our work.

Jeremy Rose, managing director of Ocean Telecom, said: “After visiting The Movement Centre and seeing them in action

and meeting a young child who goes to the charity to receive Targeted Training, I was so impressed that I wanted to do something to contribute to the fantastic work going on there.

“I’m currently putting together a big charity challenge that I hope all our loyal customers will support me on.”

We are really excited to be  partnering with Ocean Telecom and can’t thank them enough for their support!

MKM Building Supplies raise £4000 for The Movement Centre

MKM Building supplies have recently become a corporate partner of The Movement Centre, although they have been Cheque presentation 2 supporting our work for the last two years.

We attended the cheque presentation at MKM Building Supplies and were awarded with a donation of £4000.

MKM Building Supplies is the UK’s largest independent builders’ merchant, with 51 branches across England and Scotland in addition to MKM Leisure, a specialist distributor for the caravan and holiday homes industry.

We look forward to working together in 2018!

Santa Visits The Movement Centre

Thursday 7th December 2017. The Day that Father Christmas took time out of his busy schedule to visit us at The Movement Centre. We were very lucky indeed to have Santa come and visit us at The Movement Centre to give presents to some of the children that attend therapy sessions. A big thank you to Father Christmas for giving up his time, we know just how busy December is for him!

Adults and children alike were excited and shocked to see him but loved being in his company. He brought a little festive cheer (and presents) to everyone at TMC. Santa was quizzed by one little boy, Alfie.

He was asked lots of questions such as- how do you get down the chimney? Where do you go first? Do you visit Never Never Land?

Santa of course had an answer for all of these questions.Again, thank you Santa and we are hoping you had a safe trip back to the North Pole, and hope you visit again next year.

Santander support new Sensory Equipment

Sensory Equipment funded by Santander.

Vicky was presented with a cheque for £5000 by Sharmila and Kathryn from Santander in Shrewsbury.

The Movement Centre are delighted to have been awarded a grant of £5000 by Santander.

The money was donated through Santander’s Discovery Grants scheme.

It will be used for sensory equipment. The new equipment will produce a calming environment. It will be used as part of the therapy assessments at The Movement Centre for our specialist therapy, Targeted Training.

A big thank you to Santander for their support!

Celebrating 20 years of Targeted Training

On Sunday 17th September, staff and supporters of The Movement Centre were joined by some of the families who have attended the centre, supporters and friends to celebrate 20 years of our specialist therapy, Targeted Training. We were kindly offered the use of Brynkinalt Hall in Chirk, for a celebration event. Also at the event was Tom James MBE, British rower and twice Olympic Gold Champion and patron of The Movement Centre. The day enabled everyone to mark the occasion with a special afternoon tea and entertainment!

We were delighted to get together with so many people to celebrate and we were very lucky to have the event in such a beautiful venue. We are very grateful indeed to Kate, Iain and family at Brynkinalt Hall for their hospitality.

We have so many wonderful friends and supporters, who give up their time to help volunteer and raise funds to enable us to continue our work. We can’t thank them enough and we are very excited for the next 20 years!

Charity Golf Day

The Movement Centre had their inaugural charity golf day sponsored by Club Choice Ireland.

Larry (left, from Club Choice) meeting Curtis from TMC

Hosted by Henlle Park Golf Club,our golf day had a first prize of a golfing holiday donated by the sponsors. We were very lucky to have the support of Larry, who works for Club Choice, and he made the trip over here to meet the golfers.

We ordered some good weather for the golf day and considering it was October, the rain stayed away and for the most part was sunny.

We had multiple prizes on offer including longest drive for men and women, and closest to pin men and women. Below is a list of winners

Longest drive men- Ron Pugh, longest drive ladies- Pam Tattersal, closest to pin men- Sam Allen, closest to pin ladies- Viv Davies.

3rd place – Gerallt Davies and Rob Jones

Winners of competition- Sam Allen and Joshua Davies, pictured with Curtis Langley (from TMC) 

2nd place- Bill Mackenzie and Steve Shum

1st place- Sam Allen and Joshua Davies


To see all pictures please visit our Facebook page


Join us for an interactive workshop on the EHC Plans

We will be hosting an interactive workshop on 8th November at The Movement Centre for families who would like to learn more about the EHC (Education, health and care) Plans.

The event is very kindly supported by Lanyon Bowdler & No5 Barristers’ Chambers. It takes place from 10.30am – 2.30pm (registration at 10am) and is FREE to attend. A light lunch is also included. Full details can be found here: The Movement Centre EHC Plans.

You do not have to be a family who attend The Movement Centre for therapy – it is open to all!

Please contact Polly Roberts on 01691 404248 or pollyroberts@the-movement-centre.co.uk by Friday 27th October if you would like to book a place at the event.


Physio Presents to Thousands

Earlier in the year Sarah visited Texas and we wanted to share her story.

The Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) is an annual conference for all American Physiotherapists. The 2017 CSM was held in San Antonio, Texas on 15-18th February and brought together more than 14,000 professionals from around the nation. There were many presentations throughout the four days by all 18 of American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA’s) specialty sections.

Sarah, one of our Physiotherapists was asked to present at the conference in February. Sarah said “I was fortunate enough to be invited to present alongside two of my American Colleagues Sandy Saavedra PT MS PhD, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at the University of Hartford. Plus, Danielle Bellows PT MHS PCS, Paediatric Clinical Specialist at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Hartford.

All three talked the audience through their presentation.

Sarah continued “We gave a presentation on “Targeted Training for head control.” Over 800 professionals attended our presentation which made me a little nervous to say the least. However, feedback after the event was very positive.”

Sarah, whilst in Texas, also had a chance to visit the Exhibit Hall which featured more than 300 companies showcasing the latest and greatest in products and services available to physiotherapy professionals. She also had the opportunity to view posters and to learn about the products, services, and technologies. Sarah stated “It was a great way to enhance my practice”.

It is great that The Movement Centre have these opportunities to spread awareness, so we can help more children.