Leith’s Story

Living in a small town in regional New South Wales, the Freestone family has its fair share of challenges.

Mum Cherise explains, “My husband Tom and I work hard to stay afloat. Our second son, Leith, was born 16 weeks premature, and life has been pretty hard ever since then. We knew Leith wasn’t meeting the milestones that his brother Timothy had reached at the same age. His various needs meant he required the help of several specialists, who were often hundreds of kilometres away, all of which stretched our family’s capacity.

We were very fortunate when Leith was admitted to Royal Far West four years ago. We are now regular visitors to Manly, and at each visit Leith receives specialist care from several clinicians, while Timothy attends the onsite school and our family gets to spend precious time together.


Royal Far West is unique. Without a doubt it saved Leith and our family, and we are so grateful for the ongoing care and support. Because of where we live, and the lack of access to services, we could never have given Leith the opportunities he deserves. His life, and ours, have been enriched because of the wonderful care he receives at Royal Far West’s Paediatric Developmental Program (PDP).


There are so many other children and families in rural and remote areas who would benefit from the life-changing support from Royal Far West. Please keep helping them to help families just like ours. The need is huge, and the cost is high. We are so grateful to everyone who has ever supported this incredible charity for kids just like Leith. Thank you all.”


Because Royal Far West values the privacy of our clients and their families, we have changed the names of the people in this case study.