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families helped in England in 2017/18

We help families with grants across the UK. Click below to read how we helped in other countries:

Tia sustained a brain injury before birth, and has cerebral palsy which limits her physically and means she uses a wheelchair, she is non-verbal and tube fed.

 

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Saichon loves listening to music, watching cartoons on her iPad, and going to the park, especially going on the swings. Family Fund helped with a set of swings for the garden.

 

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Eilidh loves music, spending time outdoors and anything electronic. She has autism and a learning disability, she can find busy, noisy environments overwhelming and stressful.

 

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Each and every family we support across the UK has their own individual needs and circumstances. Through the grants and services we provide, we aim to meet those needs to give them the same opportunities as others.

Memmee and Micah’s story

 

Memmee, 13 years old and Micah, eight years old are siblings from Reading who live with their mum, Neema, and their little sister. They both have autism and learning difficulties, Memmee also has some mobility and sensory needs. They both need routine and find change very difficult to deal with.

 

Neema told us, “We first heard about Family Fund through a paediatrician when the children were much younger. We’ve been awarded various things over the years including a laptop for Memmee, which has been great for her schoolwork, she loves technology and science. This year, we decided to apply for a Lay-Z Spa as it’s something that benefits all the family.”

“They have both had swimming lessons, it took Memmee a while to learn but she got there, however Micah found the water really distressing so I decided to take him out of the lessons as I didn’t want the fear to get worse."

“They have both had swimming lessons, it took Memmee a while to learn but she got there, however Micah found the water really distressing so I decided to take him out of the lessons as I didn’t want the fear to get worse. It took a while, but gradually he got used to the idea of the Lay-Z Spa, starting with lifting up the lid, then touching the water slowly, and then eventually building up to going in the spa. He really enjoys it now, he asks to go in the water himself. It’s very rewarding for me to know that he is able to step outside of his comfort zone.”

 

“Memmee also really likes the spa, the jets and bubbles are really good for her sensory needs. People think it’s just a leisure thing but it’s also really good therapy. It can be difficult being a single mother of three children, especially when two have special needs, so we are really grateful for all the help that Family Fund have given us. It means a lot to know that there are people out there who care and can offer that much-needed support to families like mine.”

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