Peter Pan Crisis Appeal
Feeling anxious and isolated is something that has always affected the families of children with special needs. It is now more important than ever that we support our children and families, whilst following every precaution to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved, during this health crisis.
Following recent government guidelines, we have, sadly, had to shut our Centre doors and we will remain closed until we are advised it is safe to reopen. This means our children are now struggling, missing their sessions at our centre and the chance to play with their peers. Their families are struggling too, having lost their much-needed respite break that our Centre provides. Many are now also dealing with some significant behavioural and emotional challenges exhibited by their children as they struggle to cope with the sweeping changes to their world. We continue to support our families by telephone or online, offering packages of activities that can be enjoyed with children at home, as well as providing behavioural and emotional support.
Please do head over to our new YouTube channel to see Specialist Practitioner Katie’s most recent video she has recorded to keep our children entertained and to help them learn some new Makaton signs to develop their communication skills.
We also continue to work in the background supporting the Education, Health and Care Plan process for our children due to graduate in August, working with schools and local authorities to ensure our children will secure their school of choice and transition smoothly during this uncertain period.
Can you help us to weather the storm?
Huge thanks to Rachel Lawton at the Sentinel for covering our appeal.
As you may know, our Charity is entirely reliant on our fantastic family of supporters and fundraising to exist as we receive no specific government support. Whilst we have made as many cuts as possible, to try to ensure we can weather this storm and still be here for children in the future, a significant proportion of our fundraising comes from charity events and individual challenges, which can now no longer take place, therefore our income is already falling dramatically.
If you feel able to support us at this unprecedented time, you can make a donation here; rest assured, it will be very gratefully received. We know times are hard right now, but your contribution, no matter how small, will go a long way to help the most vulnerable children in our society at this difficult time.
Alternatively, you could become a Friend of the Peter Pan Centre by pledging a monthly donation. Just £5 a month can really make a difference to our children.
From all of the children, families, staff and trustees of the Peter Pan Centre, thank you.
Catherine Cook, Fundraising and Communications Manager. Email. firstname.lastname@example.org