Brothers Charlie and Oliver Essex get vital funding help from Simon’s Heroes

Two brothers with additional needs have been helped by Tamworth children’s charity, Simon’s Heroes.

The charity has funded vital physiotherapy sessions for eight-year-old Charlie Essex, who has cerebral palsy, and a much-needed family trip for his little brother, Oliver (3), who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Charlie was diagnosed with quadriplegic cerebral palsy at just six months old. He uses a wheelchair to get around and attends Saxon Hill special school in Lichfield.

Charlie loves watching wrestling, his X Box and getting out and about in his wheelchair. His quality of life depends on vital physiotherapy sessions to help him maintain the best range of movement possible.

Simon’s Heroes has funded a course of physiotherapy sessions for Charlie at Hopscotch in Ashby de la Zouch. The sessions will also help his mum, Sarah, to continue with the physiotherapy at home once the course has been completed.

Three-year-old Oliver was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy when he was 18 months old. This genetic disorder is characterised by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness and as such, his future is uncertain. He will begin a course of steroids in August when he turns four and is expected to eventually need the use of a wheelchair.

Oliver attends Manor House Nursery, loves dinosaurs and really likes Peppa Pig. Simon’s Heroes paid for the family to enjoy a trip to Peppa Pig World in Hampshire, to give them some much-needed time away together.

The boys’ mum, Sarah, said: “The trip was amazing as we were able to spend some quality time together as a family, away from all the day-to-day stuff. Oliver even met George and went on all the rides. We don’t know what the future will hold for Ollie, so the memories made were invaluable.

“The physio sessions for Charlie will enhance his life. We can’t thank Simon’s Heroes enough for all they have done.”

Author: Linda Ram.



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