Sense Holiday Appeal
Will you help send a child who is deafblind on an unforgettable Sense Holiday?
10-year-old Teegan is deafblind – she has no peripheral vision and is profoundly deaf. She also has global developmental delay, cerebral palsy, and hip dysplasia, which means that one of her legs is shorter than the other.
Teegan’s sight and hearing impairments makes communication a daily challenge, and although she communicates using British Sign Language, she can sometimes struggle to be understood. It can be impossible for her parents to find a suitable holiday destination that’s suited to Teegan’s needs, where she can make the most of being away.
With one-to-one support from a trained volunteer, Teegan could experience an unforgettable week in the heart of the Cotswolds, at an accessible woodland venue called Macaroni Wood. Teegan’s Sense Holiday was her first independent trip away from home, and crucially, it gave her parents the time they needed to rest without the worries and stresses that can come with caring for a child who is deafblind.
Teegan had the time of her life on her wonderful woodland adventure. Each day’s activities were carefully planned with her needs and interests in mind, meaning that there were no obstacles preventing her from trying out exciting things that she might usually miss out on.
Teegan enjoyed a trip to the farm to collect chicken eggs, and she marvelled at the animals in the wildlife park. But her favourite activity of all was racing around Macaroni Wood on specially adapted trikes with her new friend, Henry.
“Teegan’s Sense Holiday gave her the freedom to be the child she should be able to be. She didn’t have to worry about being left out because of her disabilities.” Valerie, Teegan’s Sense Holiday Volunteer
Sense Holidays are only possible with the support of kind people like you. Will you give a gift to Sense today, so a child who is deafblind like Teegan can enjoy their very own Sense Holiday?
£25 could pay for another three children like Teegan to visit the farm on a Sense Holiday this year. On this trip, children can experience the wonder of meeting new animals for the first time, like soft furry rabbits and feathery chickens.
£50 could pay for group of six children to experience all the fascinating sights and smells of the wildlife park, which Teegan loved on her Sense Holiday.
£100 could pay for a whole forest school session for a group of children at Macaroni Wood. They’ll try out daring activities that will inspire their senses, such as fire lighting, shelter building and even cooking on an open fire!