Ashfield family receive sensory play pack from charity campaign helping disabled children during pandemic

An Ashfield boy with autism has become one of the first children in the country to benefit from a campaign delivering sensory play equipment to family homes during the pandemic.

Wednesday, 10th February 2021, 2:35 pm

Five-year-old Bailey Lewis was thrilled to receive the pack from disability charity Caudwell Children following its emergency fundraising appeal.

Mum Natalie Lewis said: “Bailey is non-verbal, he has autism and sensory processing difficulties which have a big impact on his day-to-day life.

“He can be very much a sensory seeker and he’s very hyper active. He can get overloaded and distressed very quickly. The Get Sensory pack will help regulate Bailey. He will feel less anxious and bring him back down to that calm level.”

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Families can apply for a pack from Caudwell Children.
Families can apply for a pack from Caudwell Children.

She added: “We want to say a big thank you for the pack and encourage people to make kind donations towards the Get Sensory campaign as they will be helping a child like Bailey.”

Caudwell Children has pledged to provide thousands of families with essential sensory equipment while their usual sources of support are constrained by public health restrictions.

Each family will receive a pack of appropriate and safe toys like liquid cell timers, fibre optic lamps and massagers to support children living with a wide range of disabilities and chronic illnesses.

Chief executive Trudi Beswick said: "It’s so encouraging to hear that Bailey is enjoying using the equipment and his family can see the benefits already.”

Toys were selected by the charity's occupational therapists.

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