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Snippets from the ‘Life Story’ Chris wrote. 
I was born on 14th June 1949 at Mary Stevens Maternity Home, Oldswinford in Stourbridge. My mom Florrie Turner and my dad was Robert Turner, both named me Christopher Robert Turner and we lived in Halesowen. 
 
When I was 5 years old we moved to Cradley Heath and in 1954 I joined Carlson House School. 
 
In 1967, aged 18 I left Carlson House School and stopped at home for one year, then 22nd March 1968 I joined the MSA Centre. I was 19 then and I made two very special friends, Roger Smith and John Hill. 
In November 1988 Chris’s dad Robert Turner died of a heart attack, this left Chris and his mom in need of help and they were then granted ‘home help’ assistance twice a week. 
 
In September 1989 MSA (Midland Spastic Association, as it was called many years ago before Cerebral Palsy Midlands) organised a holiday to Pontins Holiday Camp in Brean Sands, Chris went with friends Gary Ironmonger, Irvine Clive Brown and Roger Smith. “Some of us went out dancing in the ballroom and at other times we went to Somerset Nightclub to see some acts i.e. magic. On the last night (Friday) the MSA staff gave us a nice night out. They book us a dinner outside of the camp at Somerset’s leading night spot (The Farmers Tavern). The weather was good for the weeks holiday”. 
 
In November 1989 Chris’s mom was taken ill and went in to hospital to stay. Chris at the time was staying at a MSA managers house until he could find accommodation. He was referred to Social Services and they tried placing Chris at a place at Langley Court in Oldbury but Chris didn’t like it, he said that there were bad people there. 
 
There was a period where Chris didn’t have a residence as was staying at people’s houses and trying places that social workers had referred him too in between seeing his mom in hospital. But then on the 18th November, Chris received the sad news his mom had passed away. 
 
Chris’s cousin Tony helped Chris move to a place in Selly Oak called Prospect Hall to see how he could live on his own independently for a year. This was successful for Chris, he proved he was able to live independently and a year later with some more help from social services Chris was offered a tenancy at 17 Alasdair House, Harborne (Next door to MSA) in 1990 with Century Housing Association. Chris had the flat painted and was given some grant funding to get his flat furnished and he officially moved in 27th August 1990. This was the start of a great beginning for Chris with a permanent home and a place to make new friends. It was arranged for Chris to have care as well to help him buy food and clean his flat and at one point in time Chris had Meals on Wheels bring his meals daily. 
 
The CPM Connection have only gone and launched their second album "Double Seconds". The album celebrates the talent that our artists have and encapsulates their pure expression. We are very proud of their achievements and look forward to their next showcase and Gig. 
 
The album is performed by' The CPM Connection' and also features 'Beats by Sean'.  
Tracks include:  
1. Chill Rock  
2. Tuesday Pop  
3. The Aliens Are Coming  
4. Land of Nod  
5. Fantastic Four  
6. Rest of the World  
7. Two Lads  
8. Simon's Dream  
9. The System  
10. Wake Up  
11. Roller Rain Hands  
12. Lazer  
13. May Banger  
14. Rise Up  
15. All Mouth  
16. Cyborg  
17. Outsiders  
18. Superman  
19. Every Night I Hear The Waves  
20. Double Seconds  
Recorded and produced by Matthew Philip Hale, with great help from Ben Linstead. 2018. 

Click below to hear 'Double Seconds'  on Spotify 

Click below to hear the album on You Tube 

 
Harborne charity Cerebral Palsy Midlands based on Victoria Road are holding their annual Summer Sizzler Monday 20th August between 1 and 8pm and we are looking for support from our local community;  
 
Would a dance group like to perform?  
Are their any talented acoustic musicians that could play in our garden?  
Could anyone help with raffle or tombola donations?  
Would you be interested in having a stall and have your own table?  
Can you do glitter tattoos or henna?  
Can you contribute by making some home made cakes for us to sell?  
 
We want this to be a successful event, in our local community and everyone is welcome in, we are an inclusive centre, we will have lots of games, a BBQ, Dudley Zoo small animals, we will have Princess Belle to meet and grab a selfie with. If you can support us comment below or email me sarah@cpmids.org.uk or call 0121 427 3182 ext 3. 
 
Community Champion Katey Titley from Asda Barnes Hill presented Cerebral Palsy Midlands (CPM) with a cheque for £347.00 yesterday (Wednesday 13th June 2018), money the Asda Foundation has cash matched from a football fundraiser back in April this year. 
 
Sunday 15th April, CPM staff and friends challenged ASDA Barnes Hill staff & friends to a charity football match raising money for Harborne Registered Charity Cerebral Palsy Midlands. The event was held at QAC Sports Hall in Harborne and was successful in raising £347.00. 
 
We as a charity are overjoyed that The Asda Foundation have supported us again and have matched funding, this takes the total raised to £694.00. All for hosting a friendly football match! We are hugely grateful to have our local Asda supporting the community of disabled people and their families that we work with. A huge thank you from all of us at Cerebral Palsy Midlands. 
CPM's Paul, David, Heather, David and Katie from Asda 
 

Image shows our community of people at Cerebral Palsy Midlands and our Japanese guests; Shun Fujiwara from Amagasaki City, Hyogo prefecture, Masayuki Kiyota, Shun's carer and the founder of community based Non profit organisation "Moon and Wind" to provide care services. Seigo Nishimoto, Founder of Charity Shop "Free Help" in Kobe, Japan. Chihiro Harada, Ex-staff of Free Help, now working in Sri Lanka as a Japanese teacher for orphans. Ken Ricardo Marotta, my son of 12 years old and Ayako Nishiwaki, ex-social policy officer at Hyogo prefectural council on Social Welfare in Japan. 

On Wednesday 30th May Cerebral Palsy Midlands had a visitor, Shun Fujiwara, with cerebral palsy and his family, all the way from Japan. 
 
The group had looked for organisations in the UK to visit and found Cerebral Palsy Midlands through our interactive website. Shun and his family contacted our Centre Manager Gary Watson and planned their visit to the UK to include a whole day with our community at Cerebral Palsy Midlands. 
 
Our visitors wanted to meet others with disabilities, learn and understand what services we have in place here in the UK and to be inspired. They wanted to take their experiences back to Japan to help establish a better quality of life for their community of people. 
 
We were really pleased to have our guests, we gave them a tour of our facilities at CPM showcasing our Art tuition, Being Heard talented group and tai-chi instruction. We had a tradition English ‘Fish and Chips’ on the lunch time menu and Shun got to see some of the local residence where our citizens live independently nearby. 

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