Muswell Hill cerebral palsy charity raises £60,000 at Shakespeare’s Globe

Headteacher Mel Servent, comedian Tim Vine and chief executive Jo Honigmann and chairman John Martin

Headteacher Mel Servent, comedian Tim Vine and chief executive Jo Honigmann and chairman John Martin Picture: John Macdonald-Fulton - Credit: John M Fulton

200 guests attended the Wizard of Oz-themed dinner, hosted by comedian Tim Vine.

The evening raised funds for the London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy’s milkshake tree appeal for a new building and facilities for children and their families.

The fundraising drive is called the “milkshake appeal” because one of the girls said she would like a milkshake tree when asked what she wanted for the new building.

The funds will go towards setting up a parents’ information hub at the extended centre in Coppetts Road.

It will be a welcoming space for parents and carers, where they can access information about a range of services including education, health and social care, as well as meet each other and exchange ideas and information.


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CEO Jo Honigmann said: “We are delighted at the fantastic support shown tonight.

“It is a stark reality that, despite technological advances and refined anti-discrimination legislation, life for many disabled children and their families remains an uphill battle.

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“Parents and their children can be isolated and may not know where to go for help or advice.

“That’s why we want to create a bespoke parents’ information hub as a key part of our new centre.”

Money raised through the milkshake tree appeal will also go towards a hydrotherapy pool, classroom and therapy spaces, an accessible kitchen, a sensory garden and an accessible playground.

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