Our Christmas Appeal 2017 raised a total of £3,206! Thank you ever so much to everyone who donated and to our members who shared their stories with us. The money will be used for more specialist equipment and activities this year.
Help grant Christmas wishes
We are asking for donations to make sure all the families we work with can have fun in 2018. Over the festive period we’re hoping to raise £5,000 which will enable us to offer more activities and specialist equipment for children with disabilities or additional needs. Even a small donation can make a big impact and will be used to help children and families in Gloucestershire.
Families with children with additional needs often find it hard to access things that others take for granted. Allsorts exists to take barriers away and make sure that the whole family can have fun together. With experienced staff and specialist equipment, Allsorts has a great track record of providing family fun and making sure everyone can join in.
Trampolining helps with Chris’s high energy levels
Chris is 15 years old and was diagnosed with ADHD and Asperger’s Syndrome before he was 10. He struggled at school from a young age and changed primary so he could have start a fresh.
His brother James was already coming to Allsorts at that time. Chris then started Youth Club with his other brother Matthew. He started trampolining when we piloted the sessions 3 years ago. Initially he didn’t want to participate, he just came along with his brother. Once he had a go, he was hooked and has never looked back.
Trampolining became a positive outlet for Chris and his high energy levels. It’s given him more self-esteem and allows him to switch off from the hassle of the day and things that make him angry.
Chris says “When I trampoline I don’t think about anything except bouncing. It’s the best part of the day”.
Recently Chris won bronze at the British Trampolining Finals in Liverpool. This was a fantastic achievement which now means Chris can try out for a place in the GB Disabilities squad. He is also competing in the English Finals.
On top of competing at various national competitions, Chris
Wilfred builds up his strength at race running club
Wilfrid is 6 years old and has a developmental delay, Cerebral Palsy, Tetralogy of Fallot & Hirschsprung’s disease. Allsorts was recommended to his family by a nursery nurse when he was young. They initially borrowed items from our Toy Library to help with his developmental milestones.
Since then they have attended many other activities including race running.
Race running is a specialist form of adapted cycling which enables users to propel themselves. As Wilfrid normally uses a wheelchair, this freedom to be able to move unaided had made a huge difference to him, both physically and socially.
Recently he has also used a walker himself too, which his parents believe is down to the race running sessions helping to build up his strength. When asked about race running, Wilfrid claps his hands, makes a noise, and looks at the door as if to say ‘when are we going?!’”.
Gemma hopes for a new Allsorts venue where she can meet friends
Gemma is 13 and has cerebral palsy and other complex issues as a result of a genetic condition. She now uses a power chair and hi-tech communication aids. She came to Allsorts from a young age with her family, mum Debbie, dad Jeremy and brother Ben.
Amongst some of the activities they’ve accessed are the toy library, youth clubs, siblings and family trips.
When she started going to youth club it was a big change for her and the family. She has grown in confidence due to the familiar faces of staff and friends. It made a big difference to the progression of her driving skills and has hel ped her negotiate indoor spaces. No one had to push her around and she was free to explore herself, making her own choices about where she goes and who she talks to in a safe environment.
“Allsorts has been a great help for our family. Knowing that there is a dedicated support group in our locality has really made a difference to all of us” said Debbie. “By attending regular activities, we’ve got to know families going through similar experiences really well which has helped the children – and us – form great friendships”.
How you can help
A gift to Allsorts could make a real difference and help young people like Chris, Gemma and Wilfrid achieve their aspirations.
£15 buys a box of Lego
£25 would buy a sensory light show
£60 pays for a Construction Club session including staffing, venue and equipment for 10 children
£75 for a trampolining session with a highly qualified coach for up to 15 people
£1,100 would allow us to train our staff up to run a weekly trampolining session
£2,500 for a large petra-bike (race runner)
To make a donation this Christmas you can:
CLICK HERE to make a gift online
Send a cheque made out to ‘Allsorts Gloucestershire’ to Allsorts, The Exchange, Brickrow, Stroud, GL5 1DF
Many thanks on behalf of the Allsorts team and all the families we work with.