GRATEFUL Jonathan Knowles has pledged to raise £3,000 to keep open a therapy centre which has changed his life.
The 25-year-old, of Bobbin Mill Close, Cornholme, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy spastic quadriplegia, along with severe visual impairment, when he was eight months old.
He has been going to the The Legacy Rainbow House in Ormskirk for life-changing therapy since 2007 and is now gearing up to raise £3,000 to help it continue.
The service receives no government funding and after a leap in demand, needs vital cash to keep going and support other children with similar conditions.
Jonathan has been receiving a treatment called conductive education therapy, which are special exercises with the aim of relying less on a wheelchair.
He said: “Conductive therapy has built my confidence and independence greatly and as a result of this, I can now swim 30 lengths backstroke, I have been on holiday to Tenerife by myself and now I can even live independently in a sheltered accommodation. I really value all the support Rainbow House has given me over the years, and I really hope to raise this funding as it will allow me to continue to attend and maintain a level of independence and mobility.”
The ex-pupil of Central Street Infant School and Walsden Junior School now volunteers his free time to DJ at Rainbow House and other events where he raises cash for the charity.
He added: “I think it’s a fantastic charity and people should help it out because they need the money.
“Without the money they could not survive.
“It’s a very vital service. I don’t think most people even realise it’s. With enough money it will be able to reach out to more people.
“They do a fantastic job.”
To donate to Jonathan’s appeal visit www.justgiving.com/jonathans appeal and follow his updates on twitter at @JKWheelie.
The Legacy Rainbow House specialise in providing services for children with brain injuries, disabilities and life limiting conditions from its centre of excellence, The Legacy.
It is currently implementing new, innovative services to meet the needs of children, young people and their families, via rehabilitation, therapy, education and recreation built on a philosophy known as conductive education. For mpre information visit www.thelegacy-rainbowhouse.com.