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Closed 11/10/2022

raised of £350 target by 32 supporters

    Weʼve raised £1,100 to buy specialist sensory toys for specialist speech and language group Busy Bees

    Funded on Tuesday, 11th October 2022

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    On October 2021 our son Nye, was diagnosed with autism, autism is a spectrum and can affect those diagnosed differently, Nye is on the severe side to each of the main attributes of autism, the most prominent being his communication skills, he is completely non verbal.

    As a result of his communication Nye was given the fantastic opportunity earlier this year to attend Busy Bees - an early intervention play based therapy playgroup for non verbal children on the autism spectrum. It’s ran by the paediatric speech and language therapist Marie Sowter and the SEND outreach service in Newcastle.

    Twice a year a small group of children based on clinical need are invited along to partake in weekly sessions where they are observed while they play for around 12 weeks and at the end of the course a recommendation will be made as to which pathway to put them on to increase their communication skills - this could be verbal, makaton or in Nye’s case picture exchange communication system or PECS.

    The group is not only highly beneficial for the children but for their parents too- parents are encouraged to stay and form a support with each other who are in the same or very similar life circumstances and weekly guest speakers are invited along to answer questions, offer support and expertise- examples may be occupational therapists, welfare rights, toy library, specialist health visitors. Getting to meet other families has been an incredible experience for me, it can feel isolating when you‘re child is newly diagnosed but i’ve been so lucky to meet an amazing group of Mam’s who just get it, understand and are so supportive amd hopefully we’ll keep in touch long after our time with busy bees has ended.

    The group is fully funded to run their sessions in terms of location and staff by the NHS but when I asked if we could raise funding for them they said that they are in need of specialist play equipment, particularly a bubble tube.

    Along with the proceeds from the raffle myself, Nye and Arleigh will be running the junior great north run on the 10th of September and hope to be able to make their request happen.

    Every penny from every donation made will be going to the group, we‘d be so grateful if you’d like to donate, no matter how small it all adds up.

    Thank you for taking the time to read our story

    Lauren, Aidan, Arleigh and Nye xxxx



    • Lauren J Brolly2 years ago
      Lauren J Brolly

      Lauren J Brolly

      2 years ago

      We would just like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has donated to our fundraiser. We are completely overwhelmed by your generosity and messages of support. This is a truly personal cause for us and we are so excited to run in September and be able to buy new and exciting sensory toys for future little busy bees to use and enjoy. We have other fundraising events planned nearer the event and will keep you updated on our progress. Thank you all Lauren, Aidan, Arleigh and Nye x

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    • Lauren J Brolly2 years ago
      Lauren J Brolly

      Lauren J Brolly

      2 years ago

      We’ve had an incredible response to our first raffle in conjunction with our parish church and are more than well on our way to reaching our target! Thank you so much to everyone who supported it by buying tickets or donating prizes and congratulations to all those who won!

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    2 years ago

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    • St Roberts parishioner

      St Roberts parishioner

      Sep 15, 2022


    • M


      Sep 11, 2022


    • Grand Vizier Old Baldy

      Grand Vizier Old Baldy

      Sep 9, 2022

      Left, right, left, right, repeat!

    • Liz


      Sep 8, 2022

      You are all amazing. Good luck. A fantastic achievement so far. xx


    • St Roberts coffee mornings

      St Roberts coffee mornings

      Sep 8, 2022


    • Great uncle Dom and his missus

      Great uncle Dom and his missus

      Sep 1, 2022

      Good luck and well done to you all xx

    • Alexa and family

      Alexa and family

      Aug 31, 2022

      Well done all of you. X


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    Raising money for Charites that have helped us in our family life Busy Bees North East Autism Society Great North Childrens Hospital Diabetes UK

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