Mum’s catwalk mission for son

Paul Thompsom with his sister Rosie and mum Wendy at their home in Winstanley
Paul Thompsom with his sister Rosie and mum Wendy at their home in Winstanley
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A WIGAN mum is taking to the catwalk to help raise funds for a rehabilitation centre for her 11-year-old son.

Wendy Pugh, 47, of Winstanley, is organising a Ladies Charity Fashion Show at St Matthew’s Parish Church Hall, Highfield, on October 5, at 7pm for Rainbow House, which supports her son Paul Thompson.

Paul, a Hope School pupil, has quadriplegic cerebral palsy, epilepsy and is partially blind.

As a result, he cannot walk properly, talk or swallow, but with help from Rainbow House, in Mawdesley, Paul has proven doctors wrong, who said he would never walk, and can now take small steps and stand unaided.

But the centre is struggling to remain open and has asked children’s families to each raise £3,500 to keep it going.

Wendy said: “Paul has been going to the centre for four years for therapy and without that therapy he would not be the child he is today.

“It has made such a difference to his life. I know of other children who have his condition and have not had the therapy and they are worlds apart.

“When Paul was born, doctors said he would not be able to move or lift his head, but Rainbow House has shattered all that.

“Back in February the centre announced it was having financial difficulties and would close without the input from families.

“We have to help the centre stay open for Paul to continue with his therapy.

“We started fund-raising in February, launching Paul’s Appeal for Rainbow House.”

Admission to the event is £5, which includes a glass of wine or juice and canapes.

Along with the fashion show there will be a variety of stalls including jewellery, handbags, soft furnishing, cup cakes and nails and a raffle.

For tickets please call Wendy on 07811 211131 or Gina on 07960 100904 or pay at the door.

If anyone would like to have a stall at this event, contact Wendy before the end of September on 07811 211131.

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