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The London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy will be holding The Muswell Hill Festival and Donkey Derby at Cherry Tree Wood, on Sunday 11th September 2011. Fun is the word this year! We have a variety of craft, charity and other stalls, great eats from the food court as well as competitions. This year we have a new attraction; a miniature steam engine ride!

There will be something for all ages. Our Kids’ Zone with bouncy castles, slides, face painting, roundabout rides and Magic Circus running a circus skills workshop will entertain the children. The festival also attracts great local bands with a tune to get everyone’s’ feet tapping.

We will be holding the traditional Donkey Derby. So, why not help us to raise funds and advertise your company or school by sponsoring one of our races in the Donkey Derby?

This annual fundraising community event raises money for the charity, which is based in Muswell Hill and isLondon’s only specialist Centre and School approved by the Department of Children, Schools and Families.

The London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy specialises in Conductive Education, a system of teaching that enables children with neurological disabilities to develop their capabilities. We have a daily programme, which merges elements of education and rehabilitation in a holistic approach where the children are active participants and their physical, cognitive, social and emotional needs are addressed simultaneously.

Conductive Education rests on five principles:

  1. The Conductor: a specially trained educator who works with our children throughout the learning day.
  2. The Group: we have children with similar problems working and learning together in a social, interactive group under the guidance of the conductor.
  3. The Environment: specialist furniture facilitates independence for our children. The key pieces of furniture are the plinth, (a slatted table), the ladder back and a slatted stool. The furniture is solid and provides the child with absolute security for learning how to function independently.
  4. The Programme: a structured daily routine which plans a child’s progress and then enables them to learn, practise and generalise their skills in all situations of the school day.
  5. Rhythmical Intention: is the method by which language is used to help the child organise and carry out a movement. Using the word “I” encourages the child to take responsibility for their actions, i.e. “I bend my fingers, I hold on”.  “I stretch my fingers, I let go”.

Our vision is to enable children with Cerebral Palsy from across theLondon region to develop independence, confidence and self-esteem and thus achieve their full potential.

 If you would like more information on the Centre and School or to book a stall for the festival, please contact Daisy Mathebula at

E. [email protected] or T. 020 8444 7242

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Muswell Hill Festival, Cherry Tree Wood, London, N2 9QH: Sunday 11 September 2011: Noon to 6pm


T: 020 8444 7242   E: [email protected]                W: www.cplondon.org.uk

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