Funding for Wheely Wonders family days
13 June 2022
A West Sussex charity that provides information, dialogue, discussion and workshops for children and young people with disabilities is celebrating a windfall this week.
Wellspring West Sussex has received £1,000 through Persimmon’s Community Champions initiative, a scheme that each month selects two local good causes to support.
Lizzie Baily, from Wellspring, said: “We will use this funding to support our Wheely Wonders family days, specifically designed for children and young people with additional needs. Families will be able to attend my private smallholding in Sidlesham free of charge, where they can meet the farm animals, create craft items to remember the day and participate in Forest School activities such as sawing wood and lighting a fire with flint and steel.”
The Wheely Wonders days have been running since July 2017 and are extremely popular, said Lizzie, with more than 100 children and young people attending and a waiting list of more than 50 families.
Lizzie added: “Families with special needs children have experienced high levels of isolation and have been shielding during the pandemic. We aim to provide a valuable way for families with special needs children and young people to come together, support each other and have fun. The days help to support the mental health of the parents as well boost the confidence of the child or young person through all the activities we provide which are adapted for every participant.
“Thank you so much to Persimmon Homes for making us one of your community champions - it was very exciting to receive this great news!”
Wellspring West Sussex, of which Lizzie is Chairman, produces two free newsletters a year and provides information via their website for young people with disabilities throughout West Sussex. For more information visit www.wellspringwestsussex.org.uk