Plea for funding for local charity

Local MP John Lamont has backed a plea for more funding for Cerebral Palsy Africa’s (CPA) Malawi Fit for School project.

In 2016, the Borders based charity was given a three year grant for a project in Malawi which trains physios and community workers to help children with cerebral palsy attend school.

However the project is now facing a £5000 shortfall, due to changes in the exchange rate.  

Many children with cerebral palsy in Malawi do not receive the necessary rehabilitative intervention in their early years that could ensure that they can reach their potential to sit and stand and do things for themselves before they reach school age.

The charity has now set up a JustGiving page to help fundraise.

John has written to the Scottish and UK Governments to determine if they are able to help fill this shortfall and is urging local people to help promote the charity and their fundraising plea.

John Lamont MP said: “Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom have a proud history of working to improve the lives of people in Malawi. Both the UK and Scottish Governments fund projects in education, health and a whole host of other areas to help.”

“However, due to factors out with their control, Cerebral Palsy Africa now find themselves £5,000 short for their next project.”

“I have written to the Scottish and UK Governments in the hope they may be able to assist, and would also urge Borderers to help out if they can”