Jonty entered the world in March 2011 showing a strength and determination that many can only dream of. All signs were that he wouldn’t survive his arrival into this world, but Jonty had other ideas and continues to prove medical professionals wrong time and time again! Jonty has quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy and epilepsy caused by his traumatic arrival, which means he is not able to crawl, walk, stand alone or live a fully independent life. Despite this, he never fails to amaze and warm the hearts of those he encounters. He has the sunniest, warmest personality and faces his significant challenges with a huge smile on his face! He loves nothing more than socialising with his family and friends, charging around in his walker after a football or gobbling down an ice cream on the beach.
As a result of his physical disabilities, Jonty has to endure many hours of therapy with various professionals. At the last count he was under 6 different consultants for his various complex needs. However, never a day goes by where Jonty’s character fails to light up the room and charm even complete strangers. He makes sure his voice is heard and finds ways of communicating, albeit with very limited speech. He has beaten so many odds and expectations already in his short life and we as his parents are inspired by him daily as we try to focus on what he can do in order to give him a life rich in experiences.
Whilst all the early therapies have helped, continued expert intervention is essential for Jonty to achieve his potential and live his life to the full. Without it there will be the added complications of contractures and deformities so common in those with Jonty’s type of CP. The expense is considerable and Jonty’s sheer determination drives his family into raising money to ensure he is never left without the treatment and equipment he needs. He has recently started attending the Footsteps Centre in Oxfordshire where physiotherapists are experts in motivating the children to achieve their best. In his first block of treatment Jonty made fantastic progress and we would love him to be able to return each year for similar treatment. Please can you consider making a donation to contribute towards Jonty's physiotherapy and equipment, to allow him to live as full a life as possible.
Should we exceed the target amount (or if we do not raise enough funds, or if they cannot be used for any other reason) the funds will go to the general funds of Tree of Hope to assist other sick children.