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Children in Need Countryfile Ramble Features Tree of Hope’s Ethan!

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I was thrilled to see Ethan Jolosa featured on the BBC’s ever popular Countryfile last week. Ethan, who has Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy, will be taking on the Countryfile Children in Need ramble alongside presenter Matt Baker this month made possible because Ethan underwent an operation called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) to help assist his ability to walk.

Ethan’s family fundraised almost £50,000 through the Tree of Hope, paying for this operation and post operative equipment and therapies to ensure he made the most of the positive effects of the procedure. We have watched Nathan’s progress with interest and were pleased to see that Children in Need had funded Surfability allowing children like Nathan to participate in their sporting aspirations and aim to be the very best they can.

Lots of children like Ethan need help and support from Tree of Hope to fundraise for operations, therapies and equipment not funded by the UK health sector. Sharing success stories like Nathan’s helps other families to become aware of how Tree of Hope can support them to get what their children need and as a small charity without the ability to broadcast to the nation sharing what we do can be difficult.

We work with many charities collaboratively, using our model to help families to fundraise and then signposting them to other organisations that can help in the future. It would be great if Children in Need could use their marketing power and might to mention other smaller charities that have previously helped the children who work with them now and have been an important part of the journey. This would help other families who need our support to get to hear of us, after all Children in Need can’t do what we do nor us provide the grants to deliver the amazing support Children in Need offers so surely it’s a ‘win-win’?

Working together across the sector, I think it makes common-sense!

Gill Gibb

CEO, Tree of Hope


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