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Wigley grant helps fund specialised therapy for Southam toddler

A three-year-old from Southam who has a rare form of cerebral palsy has been able to access specialised therapy thanks to a grant from Warwickshire-based property, development and construction firm The Wigley Group.

Izzy Blay was diagnosed at eight months old with a form of cerebral palsy called right sided hemiplegia, which affects muscle movement. As a result, she experiences weakness, stiffness and a lack of control in her right side, making fine motor skills including the use of her hand and fingers a challenge.

Izzy wears splints on her arms and legs to help promote hip and muscle development when walking but can find it difficult to keep her balance.

The Blay family received a £2,475 grant from The Wigley Community Fund for an intensive physio course with local occupational therapist Becci Johnson.

The intensive course involved 45-hours of Constraint Induced Movement Therapy, with repetitive tasks and activities using both hands to practice movement and strengthen the muscles in Izzy’s hemiplegic right-hand side.

The activities work by helping the brain “rewire” through learning new movement patterns and increasing use of the hemiplegic side.  

The Wigley Community Fund was established by The Wigley Group to share £10,000 every year among individuals and groups based within a five-mile radius of its headquarters in Stockton. Applications are opened up twice a year, in March and September.

Katie and Matt, Izzy’s parents said “Because Izzy’s condition is non progressive, early interventions through specialised therapy are key to her development.  

“We are very grateful to The Wigley Group for the generous grant which has allowed Izzy to complete the course, she has responded very well as a result and continues to reach her goals.”

James Davies, Chief Executive Officer of The Wigley Group chairman of The Wigley Community Fund said: “As a company, we are proud that The Wigley Community Fund continues to support a number of local organisations and individuals.

“We are delighted to hear about the physio course and its positive impact on Izzy in allowing her to improve movement and enjoy more everyday activities with her family.   

“We look forward to receiving the next round of grant applications in March and continuing the work supporting our local communities.”

Also, in this cycle of funding, Harbury Toddler Group - which organises weekly play sessions for children under five and their family - received a £1,850 grant from the Community Fund.

The grant will go towards supporting their running cost, increase provision of sensory experiences, and deliver successful special Christmas and Summer events.

Grandborough Parish Council were awarded £260 to replace two benches in the village. The benches outside St Peter’s Church and the village bus shelter now provide an improved space for locals to sit and socialise.   

Southam Lions has received £300 to towards their annual Santa Sleigh and hog roast, with the funds going towards hiring of the float and purchase of this year’s hog, with proceeds raised donated to Southam Food Bank.

The Wigley Group has evolved from its beginnings as an agricultural plant hire company that was established in 1964 by John Wigley, father of the company’s current chairman, Robert.

It is an ISO 45001 and 9001 certificated company that is active in real estate acquisition, development and construction, as well as asset management of portfolios for both itself and commercial partners. The Wigley Group has been based at Stockton House in the Stratford-on-Avon District of Warwickshire since 2019.