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families helped in Northern Ireland in 2017/18

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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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Memmee and Micah are siblings from Reading who live with their mum, Neema, and their little sister. They both have autism and learning difficulties.

 

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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.

Saichon’s story

 

Saichon, 15 years old from County Armagh loves listening to music, watching cartoons on her iPad, and going to the park, especially going on the swings. Recently, Family Fund helped Saichon’s family with a grant for a set of swings for the garden.

 

Saichon has quadriplegic cerebral palsy, which affects her limbs but also impacts on her swallowing. She has epilepsy and complex learning difficulties. Her mum, Vivien told us, “Previously Saichon was living in an orphanage in Thailand. It was obviously a big decision as we have three other children, but we decided to adopt her in 2006. We need to spend more time with Saichon than we have with the other children, because her needs are so much greater.”

"Without the grant it’s unlikely that we would have been able to afford the swings, and they’ve made such a difference. Saichon absolutely loves them – even when it’s raining we nip out quickly into the garden!"

“Every time we take Saichon to the park, the first thing she wants to go on is the nest swing. She could happily lie in it for hours! Swinging gives her great sensory feedback and she really enjoys it. We got her two swings with the grant, a nest swing like the one she loves at the park, also an upright swing. We were surprised to find that now we’ve got them at home she prefers the upright swing. It’s been great because it means we don’t have to travel in order for Saichon to be able to fulfil her sensory needs.”

 

“Every day when she comes back from school, she’s pointing to the garden because she wants to go out in the swing – it’s great that we’re now able to do that from home. When she’s on the swings she’s absolutely in her element. Without the grant it’s unlikely that we would have been able to afford the swings, and they’ve made such a difference. Saichon absolutely loves them – even when it’s raining we nip out quickly into the garden! If other families in a similar position were thinking of applying, I would tell them to apply as it’s helped our family so much, it’s helped Saichon and importantly it’s made her so much happier.”

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