Help a family thrive this Giving Tuesday
Tuesday 3rd December 2019
Hi, I'm Ruth.
I'm the grandparent of a happy, funny, affectionate and beautiful six year old boy called Jamie.
This Giving Tuesday, a global giving day, I'm asking you to support this charity who made us feel so welcome.
Jamie has ASD and associated sensory problems and learning difficulties. Supporting a child with special needs can be an isolating experience for anyone; in my case the feeling of isolation is increased because I am the 'wrong' generation as well.
I got in touch with Contact after we received Jamie's diagnosis, and the welcome, understanding, friendliness and acceptance which I have felt from everyone involved has meant a great deal to me.
I have recently attended some wonderful events and one of the most liberating things about them is that Jamie is accepted, by everyone, as Jamie. He can be as exuberant as he likes, he can squeal with delight, he can jump up and down, he can shout. It's impossible to overestimate the value of feeling totally accepted for who you are, whether you are carer or child.
Contact provides a space where support is available and acceptance is total. But they can't do this without donations from families like ours. That's why I'm supporting Contact on Giving Tuesday.
So if you can, please donate £4 a month so this wonderful charity can continue to help families like ours thrive.
Thanks for reading my story.