Lend a helping hand this Christmas. Keep vulnerable children safe.

Pace / Lend a helping hand this Christmas. Keep vulnerable children safe.

This Christmas give a gift of Personal Protective Equipment.

Your support will help protect the children who come to Pace from the threat of Coronavirus. Please donate and help safeguard the future of our children.

The children who come to Pace are clinically vulnerable. Many of them have serious, underlying health issues, respiratory conditions and weakened immune systems meaning COVID 19, if contracted could be catastrophic.

So, whilst it may seem that the most simple, safest, and straightforward solution would be for them to shield from Coronavirus, the impact of staying at home and isolating could be equally as detrimental.

Failing to receive physiotherapy means many children will be left suffering in chronic pain. Some will start to lose their independence because they can no longer walk comfortably or move easily.

A lack of occupational therapy will mean that children lose their fine motor skills making it difficult for them to play with their toys or use the communication devices they need to speak.

Without speech and language therapy the children will find it hard to communicate, they will not be able to ask for help when they need it or tell anyone how they are feeling. The heightened risk of choking can make eating and drinking dangerous.

Will you help us raise £22,000 for the Personal Protective Equipment urgently needed to safeguard the future of our children?

Help fund our Covid response and ensure we have the resources we need

Purchase an item of PPE for us from our wish list

In our school

For children with complex neurodisabilties, failing to receive intensive therapy and support will have long term, harmful and irreversible effects on their physical development, mental wellbeing, and their ability to achieve their full potential.

School is where children go to learn and grow, to form bonds and establish friendships, to discover talents and build self-esteem.

We are working hard to make sure that we can deliver our curriculum in the safest and most efficient way possible, so that our school can remain open and the children can access their education, socialise with their peers and benefit from the routines that provide them with a sense of stability and security.

Wherever possible our teaching staff, learning support assistants and therapist position themselves side by side with or behind the child to limit face to face interaction however the level of support and hands on therapy our children need cannot be delivered from a 1 to 2 metre distance.

The use of PPE is more than just a precautionary measure to mitigate possible risks. It is essential in allowing us to administer medication, support the children with eating and drinking and ensuring their personal care needs are met.

PPE is critical in protecting the lives of our children, their families, our staff, and the wider community too.

On average our school staff are required to change their PPE 10 times a day. This, in addition to the vital cleaning equipment, hand sanitising products and thermometers needed to ensure a safe and clean environment will cost our organisation £22,000 next year.

In our Child and Family Therapy Centre

For many of the babies, young children and families who access our services, simply waiting for the global pandemic to come to an end is not an option.

Providing young children with the right therapies at the very earliest opportunity gives them the best chance of reaching their fullest potential in life.

Early intervention is critical for babies and young children with neurodisabilties when neuroplasticity is highest. Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to reorganise itself by forming new neural connections and is at its highest and most effective in the first 2-3 years of childhood.

Not being able to access our services will mean that many young children will suffer from the detrimental, long lasting, and often permanent consequences of failing to receive early intervention.

As a result of Coronavirus families of young children with developmental delay and neurodisabilties have become increasingly isolated. Many NHS and local authority appointments, therapy sessions, support and community groups have stopped or have been postponed making our services more important than ever.

With a plentiful and adequate supply of PPE we will still be able to reach these young children and equip their parents with the skills and knowledge they need to support their child.

Our therapists are required to thoroughly clean and sanitise the therapy room and all the equipment before and after every session. They must wear a fresh set of scrubs and new items of PPE for every session they attend.

Your valuable donation will help keep our children safe whilst they strive to reach their full life potential.