Our Stories - Nathan Johnstone Story

Nathan Johnstone doesn’t have too much cause to smile – so his family are delighted that the youngster is beaming from ear-to-ear.

We have been happy to fund a number of visits to a bespoke hydrotherapy pool which allows the 15-year-old freedom of expression.


His grannie, Doreen Bignell, of Cupar in Fife, explained:”Nathan has a condition called Epileptic Encephalpathy with Profound Learning difficulties.

“He is wheelchair-bound and has all aspects of his daily needs done for him. He also has to be fed.” Mrs Bignell said the family struggled to find an activity which would suit the lad’s needs but discovered he reacted positively when he was introduced to a warm hydrotherapy pool.

She added:”We get the place to ourselves for an hour and he absolutely loves it. Nathan doesn’t talk but when he is in the pool, he smiles.

“It is absolutely amazing. It’s great for my daughter, too, because you can see her relax at the same time.

“We were taking him on a weekly basis but his mum is on her own and she couldn’t afford it.”

Mrs Bignell made an approach to the Teddy Bear Foundation for some help to pay for visits. The charity was happy to fund a number of trips Nathan can now make to the Harestane Hydrotherapy Pool in Dundee.

Teddy Bear founder Barry Chuwen said:”I am delighted we have been able to bring a bit of fun into Nathan’s life.

“It is incredible how something as simple as a warm pool can bring someone so much pleasure.”










Nathan enjoying the warm hydrotherapy pool.

Web design by Integrating Technology Scotland