6th May, 2021

Charity appeals for donations to help Coventry families with disabled children during the pandemic

A DISABLED children’s charity has launched an appeal for donations after an influx of applications for support from Coventry parents.

Caudwell Children is providing vital sensory kits to disabled children during the pandemic.

The packs help children play and engage with family and regulate their emotions.

Caudwell Children has pledged to provide thousands of families across the UK with essential sensory equipment for children to use at home during the Covid-19 pandemic – with each family receiving a pack of appropriate and safe toys to support children living with a wide range of disabilities.

But the demand for the Get Sensory Packs is far outweighing the supply so the charity is hoping Observer readers will be able to help with their plea.

The kits are used by parents seeking help with daily tasks including home-schooling and fitness activities during the Covid restrictions.

The charity has received more than 3,000 applications from parents in all four nations of the UK – including applications from 13 families in Coventry.

Now the charity, which has supported more than 50,000 disabled children and their families since 2000, is asking people to give generously to ensure it can provide the support that families need.

Trudi Beswick, CEO of Caudwell Children, said: “The demand for our Get Sensory Packs has been enormous in recent weeks as the reality of a further lockdown has affected families up and down the country.

“We want to support every parent who has come to us for help – and we want to do that as quickly as we can.

“To achieve that goal we need extra support. No donation is too small.

“For just £10 you can help us provide a child with a set of two fibre optic devices that change colour to stimulate the visual and tactile senses.

“They are very popular with disabled children.

“Please support us if you can.”

Caudwell Children launched its Get Sensory Packs campaign following consultation with parents to find the most appropriate and safe sensory items – selected by the charity’s team of in-house Occupational Therapists.

The packs include:

– A Liquid Cell Timer,

– Scented Bubbles,

– A BoBo Massager,

– A natural Sisal Brush,

– 4-Ball Massager,

– Weighted Cushion,

– Spikey Domes,

– Space Blanket, and

– A Fibre Optic Lamp.

Packs are available to children who have a confirmed disability or chronic illness. Families can apply directly to Caudwell Children for support, with the charity providing 80 per cent of the cost of each pack.

Families will be asked to contribute 20 per cent of the cost, which is £20, and to confirm their financial status and their child’s diagnosis.

To donate visit getsensorypacks.com/donate.

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