Bristol neurophysio works closely with both Ape Action Africa and In Defense of Animals Africa.  Kirsty Godwin-Pearson provides her specialist skills in neurophysiotherapy free of charge to help rehabilitate gorillas, chimpanzees and other primates with neurological problems.

Both charities are based in Cameroon, West Africa where gorillas and other primates are threatened by logging and the bushmeat trade. Many animals sustain neurological injuries as a direct consequence of bullet wounds and acquired meningitis.

As part of the programme, we have also provided free neurophysiotherapy to members of the local human communities.

Find out more about Ape Action Africa here and IDA Africa here.

Some kind words

Our daughter’s renal failure means that she is delayed with standing and walking at 2 and half years of age. We first started seeing Jules a few months back for an intense block of physiotherapy to build the strength and skills needed for her to eventually stand and walk.  It was really important that the physiotherapist specialised in paediatrics and could work alongside the NHS physiotherapists we also see. Jules immediately put us at ease with her friendly and professional approach and has built a good, trusting relationship with our daughter.  She uses play as a way to get our daughter to engage with the therapy.  Our daughter has really enjoyed all her physio sessions to date and we have seen a notable improvement in her movement.  She has begun to pull herself up and can climb up small steps as well as shuffle down stairs in a controlled manner!

Ms S, Bristol