The Tom Bowen Legacy Trust Fund (TBLTF) was formed to support children with disabilities. The TBLTF offers help to children who have received Bowen Therapy treatment and provides gifts of electrical and mechanical equipment to enhance their quality of life.
This charity was set up in 2010 as the UK branch of the original fund based in Geelong, Australia, formed in 2003 by co-trustees Ron Phelan (member of the Bowen Therapists’ Federation of Australia) and Chris Reed (president of the Bowen Association of Australia).
Tom Bowen, the originator of the various forms of Bowen Therapy taught today, found the time he spent helping children with disabilities extremely rewarding and the TBLTF was initiated to continue this important work.
Here are some examples of the help the TBLTF has been able to give:
- A little boy named Joshua was awarded £900 for an iPad and an iPad holder. This is really helpful for Josh when he sits in his wheelchair. Joshua has Cerebral Palsy and epilepsy and needs 24 hour care 7 days a week. Josh has been receiving Bowen for just over a year, he has grown rapidly and requires increasing amounts of sensory stimulation to calm him if distressed.
- TBLTF UK made a substantial contribution to Hannah and Sufyaan towards powered wheelchairs. They both have muscular dystrophy (SEPN-1). The need for powered wheelchairs to support their mobility is essential and with the help of sponsorship from various other charities, as well as TBLTF UK, this was made possible.
- One of the recipients of the awards in 2014 was a little boy called Jayden, who has Hypoxic Brain Injury through near drowning. Jayden has no voluntary movement in his limbs, he can’t speak or reliably swallow and it is not known whether he can hear or see. Jayden attends a school for children with profound learning difficulties where he appears to enjoy going and receives lots of stimulation (light, colour, sound). He also has regular Bowen treatments.
We are looking for support from practitioners, student practitioners and clients – anyone who has benefited from The Bowen Technique. The Trust would appreciate input and support, especially to identify children who would benefit from a gift. We are appealing to anyone independently running a Bowen children’s clinic, all practitioners across the country and their clients. If you would like to be involved with the TBLTF UK or to make a donation, please contact us find the details at our website: www.tbltf.org.uk
Claire Harrison – Chair of TBLTF