A DROITWICH mum whose autistic son received a sensory pack from Caudwell Children to help him during the lockdown is urging people to donate to the charity to help it keep up with demand.
Caudwell has created the Get Sensory packs for children with disabilities across Worcestershire and the rest of the country but the number of requests for help has far exceeded their expectations.
There were two other families in Droitwich, three families from Worcester – plus families in Redditch, Kidderminster, Stourport and Hartlebury.
Magdalena Hill heard about the packs – which were perfect for Ralphie who has Autism Spectrum Disorder – from a friend.
She said the items in the package had really helped at a difficult time.
“The Get Sensory pack was very exciting for Ralphie, he was happy to open the box and explore.
“He loved all the items in the pack, but his favourite is the Bug Massager, Liquid Cell Timer and the Fibre Optic Lamp.
“As a parent of an autistic child you are always looking for some more help out there.
“We are all very happy with all that we received and forever grateful to see our son’s happy face.”
The Get Sensory Packs aim to support children in engaging with day-to-day activities and the world around them.
Magdalena added: “Ralphie very much enjoyed unwrapping the toys from the box and exploring them. They made him more calm and regulated.
“He looks at the Liquid Timer and admires the bubbles and enjoys shaking it sometimes while having his breakfast or dinner.
“I would encourage the public to donate to the Get Sensory Packs campaign because they make children happy, more calm, and help them explore and enjoy something different.”
Caudwell Children has supported more than 50,000 disabled children and their families since 2000.
To help more children like Ralphie, the charity is asking people to give generously to ensure it can provide the support that families need in the coming months.
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.
“It’s so encouraging to hear stories like Ralphie’s. 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.