Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity has been awarded £7936 by Sussex Community Foundation in its latest round of grant-giving. The grant will pay for the very latest interactive technology including an Interactive whiteboard that will provide children under 5 years of age with cerebral palsy with a vital accessible creative tool, enabling them to ‘paint’ murals or touch sound and EyeGaze equipment to help those of children without speech to speak.
“We are delighted to have received this grant”, said Pilar Cloud, Executive Manager, “It means we can continue to support families with very young children with cerebral palsy from across Sussex and we’re really grateful for the continued support of Sussex Community Foundation and its donors”.
Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity provides an early intervention service for families with children who have cerebral palsy and other motor learning conditions. This innovative and essential early intervention service follows the principles of Conductive Education and Early Years Foundation Stage. It is delivered in partnership with parents to educate and help their child to develop physically, socially and emotionally, forming the bedrock of the independence they can achieve later in life.
Elena, whose daughter India attended Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity said:
“Right from that first moment I was made to feel so welcome and felt ‘enveloped’ in care. Meeting other parents in the same situation made such a difference and everything feels normal and you are not alone and isolated.
“India made amazing progress, doing things that other parents just take for granted. She started to do a ‘commando’ crawl and walking one-handed. Since attending Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity India has grown in confidence and each milestone means so much as it is such an achievement for your child and brings a tear to your eye.
“Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity made such a difference to our lives and everyone is made to feel special.”
For information, visit www.dvlcc.org.uk or www.sussexgiving.org.uk
Sussex Community Foundation raised funds for and makes grants to local charities and community groups across East and West Sussex and Brighton and Hove. Since 2006, we’ve given grants totalling £11.9 million to over 1,800 charities and community groups. Most of the grants we give are between £1,000 and £5,000 which make a big difference to the groups that receive them. We manage funds on money on behalf of Sussex donors and have built a permanent endowment fund that currently stands at £12.6 million that will benefit Sussex people for generations to come.
• Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity was established in 2001 and has since helped more than 500 families in the South East.
• The Charity provides a specialist service for families with young children under the age of five who have cerebral palsy and other motor learning difficulties. Parents and children learn daily living skills together using the principles of conductive education.
• The Charity receives no statutory funding. It relies entirely on the community to raise the money needed to ensure its services can continue.
• The service is free to families at the point of access.
• The Charity was formerly known as The Dame Vera Lynn Trust for Children with Cerebral Palsy but changed its name in 2015 to give a clearer definition of its status.