£233

raised by 11 supporters
The Makaton Charity

Makaton at Christmas

Raising money to help those with communication difficulties to understand and be understood not just at Christmas but all year round.
Closes on 31/01/2019
Charity Registration No: 1119819

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Story

Makaton changes lives daily and at Christmas this shouldn't be different.

A young girl had a "magical" surprise when a Father Christmas on board a train started to communicate with her using Makaton.

Betsy, 3, who has Down's syndrome and impaired hearing and vision, was on the Weardale Polar Express when he approached and struck up a conversation in Makaton.

Her mother, Kay Scott, from Halifax in West Yorkshire, posted the footage on Facebook and has since received over 4 million views on social media.

Kay said: "Immediately she was put at ease, because she understood - it just made her first experience of Santa magical."

Bob Thompson, Father Christmas on the train, from St John's Chapel in County Durham, learned how to sign during his time as a social worker.

He said: "It gave Betsy an opportunity to ask Santa what she wanted for Christmas, it empowered her to talk on her own outside a school or home environment.

"She asked me for a teddy bear to put under her Christmas tree, because she had been a very good girl."

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11

Hazel Spark

3 hours ago

Thank you for helping make the world more accessible for those like my daughter who lack or struggle with the power of speech.

£20.00

user

Susan Searle

7 hours ago

£10.00

+ £2.5 Gift Aid

user

The Napal Family

10 hours ago

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Thank you.

£50.00

+ £12.5 Gift Aid

Anonymous

1 day ago

Postage Thanks Sarah :)

Juliet Armstrong

1 day ago

A great idea to do this Christmas!

£50.00

+ £12.5 Gift Aid

About the charity

The Makaton Charity
The Makaton Charity

We’ve been developing Makaton for nearly 40 years. And in that time, we’ve made a huge difference to thousands of lives, breaking down the isolation people feel when they experience difficulties and can’t speak. We help people feel more connected to the world around them and give them a voice.

Charity Registration No: 1119819

http://www.makaton.org

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+ £50.00 Gift Aid

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Makaton at Christmas

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