All children deserve the right to play. Sadly for many children with disabilities this is not something they get to experience.
After an incident in 2007 where my adopted daughter was excluded from a mainstream soft play provision, I began my quest. Millie was just 5 years old then, she is Deaf, has ADHD and Crohn’s Disease. I searched for a suitable place for her to enjoy fun and friendship but found nothing. I was not deterred and began the long journey to creating a disabled children’s centre: a place where disabled children could relax, be themselves, socialise and make friends, eliminating the isolation often felt by parents, a safe place for the whole family.
A very determined person, I succeeded firstly setting up the charity Pathways 4 All, then subsequently The Tim Lamb Children’s Centre. A vibrant centre, now a lifeline to over 800 families. Here parents get the opportunities to meet others in the same situations and siblings have their own group. We offer respite sessions, play schemes and even family short breaks in our offsite caravans.
However nobody could have prepared me for the sheer volume of work involved; the financial implications; the business knowledge needed. I had been doing it all as well as being Mum to 5 adult children and 5 adopted children, all with disabilities.
In 2013 I met the three wonderful directors of Kans and Kandy. Since this time I have been overwhelmed by their generosity to our charity. They have supported us financially, offered guidance on business matters, given us the contacts to make things happen. Since our amazing friendship has been formed, I have found the support from Ian, Pete and Jed invaluable. I will never be able to thank them enough for their continued support. Through their donations, we gave our building heating in 2013, we purchased two caravans which families enjoy short breaks at, and last year we were delighted to open The David Marley Extension, which gave our centre a beautiful new café where families can eat together. It was an honour to name this after Ian’s Father who sadly had recently passed away.
There really are no words to say how eternally grateful I am to The Kans and Kandy Charitable Trust. I am blessed and honoured to have our lifelong friends. The charity is a lifeline to so many families; Ian, Pete and Jed are my lifeline!
Charity Founder and (Volunteer) CEO