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Jonathan's story

Find out how Fashion & Textile Children's Charity helped Jonathan and his family with the cost of a therapy glove to help him with his mobility difficulties.

Jonathan with his glove

Jonathan’s dad used to work for a yarn manufacturer. The family received a grant towards therapy equipment for their 14 year-old son Jonathan, who has significant mobility difficulties, caused by a major stroke.

Here, mum Caroline talks about her experience of applying for an FTCT grant.

“Everyday things like picking up a ball or opening a jar are almost impossible for Jonathan. Physiotherapy for his condition is not available on the NHS, so we have been self-funding sessions since Jonathan was two years old.

"We found out about a pioneering new therapy glove - the Saebo glove - which has the potential to be life changing. But combined with the therapy costs, we couldn’t’ afford it.

"I felt nervous about contacting FTCT. We’d been turned down by another charity, so we were feeling very apprehensive. But from the moment we spoke to the grants team, we felt totally at ease.

“Receiving the grant has really boosted our self-esteem too. Giving Jonathan this opportunity and seeing the amazing progress that Jonathan is making, makes us really proud we applied.”

Photo: Jonathan with his Saebo glove. Copyright Fashion & Textile Children's Charity and used with permission.

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