Cailan from Pontypool in South Wales was born with Hemiplegia cerebral palsy, which has left him facing increased physical challenges in life. Cerebral palsy is a condition caused by injury to the parts of the brain that control our ability to use our muscles and bodies. Cailan’s Hemiplegia has affected the right side of his body however, his mum Leanne explains that
‘Cailan has always faced this with courage and determination, adapting independently to the world around him’.
Devastatingly in August 2017 Cailan and his younger sister, Eloise sustained a huge emotional trauma when their dad had a freak accident which tragically left him in a permanent vegetative state.
Parc Y Scarlets
So on April 13th we invited Cailan, his mum Leanne and friend Richard to spend a special day out at Parc y Scarlets watching Scarlets v Zebre in the Guinness Pro14. This was a particularly special event for Cailan as his dad used to play rugby at a high level and it is therefore, important for Cailan to have ties with the sport. The atmosphere in the stadium was incredible as Scarlets ended up winning the match against Zebre 42-0 and there were plenty of special surprises for the children along the way. Cailan met the mascot, Cochyn and a few of the players, was able to hold the Triple Crown and Six Nations Trophy and he particularly enjoyed indulging on chocolate doughnuts.
Leanne describes Cailan’s experience at Scarlets:
‘It was a truly wonderful day topped off with a great result for the Scarlets. A huge thank you to the Barrie Wells Trust for providing this service, it’s certainly a much needed respite for Cailan and something he will never forget’.
Please donate a box!
Receiving donations for executive boxes across the country enables the Barrie Wells Trust team to provide memorable experiences for seriously ill, deserving children and their families. We are hugely grateful to Scarlets Rugby for not only donating this executive box but also providing so many special VIP extras on the day. Cailan has faced his own challenges in life due to his cerebral palsy and has also had to come to terms with his dad’s accident so being able to escape reality for just one day means so much to both him and his family.
‘I would never be able to provide the experience Cailan had on that day and that’s why it really makes a difference. We learned the hard way that happy memories are so important so thank you Barrie Wells Trust for helping us to create positive ones’.