Sense Christmas Appeal 2020
Will you help bring the magic of Christmas to a child like Bethany, who is deafblind?
Eight-year-old Bethany was born with CHARGE syndrome. She uses British Sign Language, touch and movement to interact and communicate as she has limited vision and no hearing, and also struggles with balance. But Bethany is so much more than just the challenges she faces. She’s an engaging and expressive little girl, with an incredible imagination. And that’s why the Sense Christmas Family Days are so important. With everything set up for her needs, she can just be her wonderful, sociable self, without her parents worrying about whether she’ll be understood, or if activities will be relevant for her. It’s something that’s hugely important in building her confidence and helping her make friends.
Children like Bethany often have underlying conditions that mean catching the virus could be very serious, as so many families are still left isolation. So this year, our big Christmas family day event will have to look a little different, as we’ll be hosting a virtual event online.
Knowing how important these Sense Christmas Family Days are for children like Bethany, and their families, we’re determined that they will go ahead – even if coronavirus means we have to do things a little differently. Although it might not be in person, Bethany and her family will still be able to enjoy the magic of the Christmas through a special make and create session, inclusive dance, immersive sensory storytelling (Bethany’s favourite!) and even a special visit from Father Christmas!
It’s your support that makes moments like this possible. It’s your support that ensures children who are deafblind won’t be left out of all the magic of Christmas. And this year, with the added complication of the pandemic, your support is needed more than ever before.
Having a fun-filled day that they can look forward to is more important than ever. But we’ll need your help to put our plans into action, to make sure the pandemic doesn’t prevent children like Bethany who are deafblind from enjoying all the magic of Christmas.
£8 could help deliver a festive arts-and-crafts pack for each family. The craft packs will include sensory supplies like nontoxic paint, pipe cleaners, bells, tinsel, and cinnamon sticks.
£47 could help fund activity led by a Sense Specialist Teacher. Our specialist services ensure that every child’s needs are met which takes lots of planning beforehand!
£250 could pay for 10 families to receive a sensory story pack! Each pack will include a book, plus sensory items to help the story come alive.