08 November 2018
The CALA Community Bursary was launched in February 2018, after an equally successful 2017 scheme, which saw many charities and groups in the area receive funding for important community projects. Run Ronnie Run, the charity set up for Ronnie, was chosen as one of the lucky recipients, with the money contributing towards his surgery.
Duncan Jackson, Managing Director of CALA Homes (North Home Counties), said: “Community is at the very centre of our ethos at CALA Homes, so it’s been fantastic to receive applications from inspiring local people, although it has been a very tough decision to choose just a handful of winners.
“Ronnie’s cause really stood out to us, and we were so inspired by the dedication demonstrated by his family to raise the essential funds needed for his surgery. We’re thrilled that our funding was able to help Ronnie one step closer to his goal and we’re glad we could be a part of this life-changing journey for him.”
Unlike many children with Cerebral Palsy, Ronnie was born full term at 40 weeks, however a difficult birth caused a brain haemorrhage and a seizure. At two years old, Ronnie was formally diagnosed with Spastic Diplegia, a form of Cerebral Palsy that causes tightness in the legs resulting in mobility difficulties. Ronnie’s family has successfully raised £48,000 for him to receive Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) as well as 18 months of physiotherapy and rehabilitation, thanks to donations from the community. SDR is a pioneering surgery, not currently available on the NHS, which aims to reduce the tightness of the lower leg muscles in people with certain forms of cerebral palsy.
Ronnie’s mum, Clare Leys, adds: “We are so grateful to CALA Homes for the generous donation of £750 towards Ronnie’s surgery, which took place a few weeks ago. Whilst he was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at two years old, we had seen many signs beforehand that prepared us for the formal diagnosis. The SDR surgery will put Ronnie in much greater comfort, and enable him to walk and run without taking a tumble. It will also help him to continue his greatest passion, playing football, which has motivated him thus far on this incredible journey and his progression to date.”
CALA Homes is an award-winning housebuilder that with multiple developments across Essex, including Wicken Lea in Newport and Furly Meadows in Stanway. For more information on CALA Homes and its developments, visit www.cala.co.uk.