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£575raised of £15,000 target by 17 supporters

    Weʼve raised £575 to fund Eddie's Son-Rise program. This involves intensive input from child facilitators to try and improve his communication and understanding

    Funded on Tuesday, 7th February 2017

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    At around the age of 2, it was quite clear that Eddie had some difficulties in communicating. He would manage to say a few words such as mama, cat and baba but nothing much else. It's known for children to develop at different rates so we thought he may just be taking a little longer.

    However, things didn't start improving. In fact he stopped saying those words and often would just play with the same toys, only eat certain foods and act like he was in his own little world. I was struggling to connect and fully understand my son.

    We are still waiting for an official assessment via the NHS but have been told that they are quite certain that Eddie has autism. This was extremely upsetting especially when they mentioned that it is unlikely that Eddie will ever speak.

    After doing some research, I discovered the Son-Rise program ran by the Autism Treatment Centre of America. I have attended one of the programs in London recently and I am working with Eddie in his playroom 6 -8 hours a day 1 to 1.This is extremely hard and tiring especially with 6- month Sam (Eddie's little brother) too.

    The Intensive program involves travelling to America and allowing the child facilitators to work with Eddie throughout the day . They have various team meetings regarding Eddie and work out a personalised plan to try and help him to communicate and develop skills such as being potty trained and eating his own meal.

    Eddie is nearly 4 and is due to start school next year. He is a very happy and loving boy and we are optimistic about his ongoing journey. I know that there are going to be daily challenges but with your donations you will be helping towards improving my little boy's future.

    Any donation, no matter how small is very much appreciated.

    I am also looking for a bunch of volunteers that would like to help Eddie's Son Rise program for around 2 - 4 hours a week. If interested please call 07896578616 / email gemmacbird@aol.com

    Gemma (Eddie's mum)



    • Gemma Bird1 year ago
      Gemma Bird

      Gemma Bird

      1 year ago
      Update from the Page owner

      Thank you everyone who donated i am going to get a permanent page and out eddies funds on there and keep fundraising. please share and thanks again its very kind. Eddie is doing amazing and starting to find his voice with a few words, i am not giving up!

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    • Gemma Bird2 years ago
      Gemma Bird

      Gemma Bird

      2 years ago

      Thanks so much Steph , Matt, Monica and Carla for being so kind and helping Eddie get to America to find his voice xxxx

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    • Janet Bird

      Janet Bird

      Dec 11, 2016

      Well done to you Gemma and Stephanie amazing job well done I knew you could do it lots more work to do before Brighton Marathon in April but we can do this - I am so proud of you will see you tom xxx


    • Janet Bird

      Janet Bird

      Dec 11, 2016

      Well done Gemma on achieving your first medal and completing the run - Peter xx


    • Emma Arrowsmith

      Emma Arrowsmith

      Dec 1, 2016

      Give them huge cuddles and kisses from me ❤️😊 Xxx


    • Judy Croucher

      Judy Croucher

      Nov 15, 2016

      Hi Gemma,Eddie is such a lovely boy and I hope this will help. Love and hugs from Judy xxxxx


    • Carl & Frances Stick

      Carl & Frances Stick

      Nov 6, 2016

      All the very best.


    • Carol Pickup

      Carol Pickup

      Nov 5, 2016

      Good luck raising funds for your son's treatment


    • Katy Abson

      Katy Abson

      Nov 5, 2016

      Hi Gemma we went on this journey 12 years ago and we're so excited for you. Son Rise changed our lives in so so many ways! If you ever want to chat please don't hesitate to get in touch. xxx


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