How your money helps

Now we know Leo’s going to be fine

mother with her disabled son on the sofa
Leo is a happy three-year-old who loves to give hugs and kisses. He has cerebral palsy which affects his co-ordin​ation and movement.

It was a difficult birth and they took Leo off to do tests straight away. He had a chest infection and he wasn’t breathing right. Leo had to stay in hospital until Christmas Eve, and we didn’t even go out to get presents that year.

When Leo was two, he had an MRI scan. When they told me it was cerebral palsy, I couldn’t take it in. I was really, really shocked. I blamed myself.

At first I didn’t want to let Leo out of my sight, worrying constantly that he was in pain. I knew so little about cerebral palsy. I needed help but I didn’t know where to turn. Thankfully, our paediatrician told us about Scope.

One of Scope’s support workers, Ian, came to see us and that’s when things really began to change for our family. These days Leo is so full of life and outgoing. His confidence and sense of adventure are growing all the time.

When I think back to that first Christmas with Leo, I’m amazed at how things have changed.

From every pound

 70p  goes towards supporting disabled people and their families, so they can have the same opportunities as everyone else

 20p  is spent on selling your donated goods through our shops, which raises even more money for us

 9p  is spent on fundraising with our supporters

 1p  is spent on making sure the charity is efficient and well run

 A pie chart showing how donor money is spent by Scope