Charlie’s story

12-year-old Charlie has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, both the result of being born at 32 weeks. Chestnut Tree House has been supporting Charlie and his family for five years, helping them spend quality time together.

At Chestnut Tree House, Charlie loves playing the Xbox and playing drums and piano in the music room. His dad, Russ, told us one of the best things about the House is that everybody knows Charlie “It’s the one place where he feels totally relaxed, as he can go and do his own thing.”

Charlie describes Chestnut Tree House as “fun and friendly” and he has made lots of new friends. Like most children his age, sometimes Charlie needs some independence, and one of the things he loves about visiting the House is that he “can pretty much do anything there without mum or dad”.

Charlie’s mum, Mary, says, “Chestnut Tree House gives the family a chance to spend time together, but also enables Charlie to do the things he wants without us. It’s just a great place for us all to relax.”

Charlie also receives care in his own home from our Community Nurses. Kimberley, Charlie’s Care Support Worker, helps support the family by looking after Charlie at home, taking him out for the day, or playing games with him.

Russ and Mary describe Chestnut Tree House as “a really special place”. Mary says, “It’s probably the only place that we know we can leave Charlie to be safe, where he’s happy. It gives all three of us the chance for a little break.”

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