Several months after a team of National Lottery millionaires created a magical, gingerbread-inspired playhouse for a Cardiff charity, some of the winners paid a return visit to the children’s centre to see how their donation was making a difference to the lives of staff and visitors.
Last December, 24 lottery winners spent 48-hours at Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales, transforming a log cabin into a giant gingerbread house to give the charity some much needed extra space.
This week, winners worth in excess of £5million popped into the Whitchurch facility to see the new gingerbread house in action and help add a touch of summer to the charity’s garden by installing some colourful floral displays.
Bobath in Cardiff is a centre for children with cerebral palsy which has previously received over £490K in funding thanks to National Lottery players. Bobath therapists are state registered physiotherapists, occupational therapists or speech and language therapists, with specialist training and expertise in the treatment of cerebral palsy. The team works together combining the three disciplines to deliver this specialist service and to look at the individual needs of the child.
The returning lottery winners from across Wales met staff and visitors to hear about how their gingerbread house has been turned into a vital meeting room for a charity that is quickly outgrowing its Cardiff base.
Rachel Morgan, Head of Income Generation for Bobath said: “We were thrilled when The National Lottery winners offered to build us a new meeting room. In our time in Whitchurch, Bobath has grown so much that every inch of our centre is being used.
“The gingerbread house has been a real source of joy for the children who visit the centre, as well as being great for staff by enabling us to do our job in comfort.
“Lottery funding has been essential to Bobath’s success and we are extremely grateful for this additional support which has made a real difference to the charity going forward.”
Bobath has previously benefitted from National Lottery funding and nine grants totalling £493,937 from the Big Lottery Fund to increase and improve the facilities of the therapy centre, effectively helping double the space of the Whitchurch charity.
Winners helping to spruce up Bobath’s gardens included Lyn Sexton and Ian Pearce from Merthyr, Matthew Evans from Barry, Nigel Willetts from Caerphilly, and Chris, Geraldine, Barry and Yvonne Bradley from Llanelli.
Matt from Barry, who won £2.6m on The National Lottery in 2015 said: “We all really enjoyed visiting Bobath in December and learning about the amazing services they offer so, we jumped at the opportunity to come back and find out how they were all getting on.
“It was great to see the gingerbread house being put to good use whilst giving an extra boost of colour in the garden”
The project is just one of thousands of projects in Wales to benefit from National Lottery funding. Since the launch of The National Lottery, £1.6 billion has been shared with 46,000 projects, covering a diverse range of sectors from arts, heritage, sport, education, environment, health and charity.