Edinburgh mum gets on her marks to raise funds for Capability Scotland
16 March 2012
An Edinburgh Mum has an extra special reason for getting fit this Mothers' Day.
Helen from South Edinburgh is running her first 10K in May to
raise funds for Capability Scotland. Capability has been
supporting Helen and her family since her son Ben was born less
than a year ago.
Ben was born with brain damage last May. The prognosis was
bleak and doctors told Helen he would be severely disabled. In the
following days and weeks Helen wasn't sure where to turn. She
said: "I felt completely blown away by the news and drained from
the many gloomy meetings with healthcare professionals."
Fortunately, it was at this point that she came across
Capability Scotland's Westerlea Early Years Service, which is based
in Edinburgh. The Westerlea team were able to offer Helen and
her family (husband Brian and toddler David) support, advice and
access to a range of activities such as hydrotherapy and music
therapy which helped Ben's development.
Helen said: "The Westerlea team were un-phased by the term
'brain damage'. Instead they focused on all the positive
activities that Ben could do. Over the last few months they
have been working with him they have done an amazing job. Ben
has already surpassed the doctor's expectations and is doing really
well. He is a happy little boy and he loves going to
"Even when Ben developed a severe form of epilepsy, which set
back his development, the Westerlea team remained positive and said
they would just have to work even harder - which is what they
"It is hard to put into words just how much Westerlea has meant
to me and my family. The positive attitude of everyone there has
given us so much strength. I don't know what we would have
done without them."
Capability Scotland's Children's Services Manager, Eric
Mitchell, said: "We are delighted to support Helen, Ben and the
rest of the family. Early intervention can make a huge
difference in the development of a disabled child and it has been
wonderful to see how much Ben has achieved since we started working
with him last year. We are really pleased that Helen is
running the 10k to raise money to help Capability's Westerlea Early
Years Service reach out to even more families in the future."
If you would like to help Capability Scotland support other
families like Helen and Ben you can donate online or call 0800 980