Charity for Kids’ survey on Hastings and Rother respite centre

The Charity for Kids team at Bexhill Carnival Fun Week. Picture by Steve Hunnisett
The Charity for Kids team at Bexhill Carnival Fun Week. Picture by Steve Hunnisett

A charity is calling for parents and carers of disabled children to help with some research.

Charity for Kids is considering opening a respite centre in the Hastings and Rother area to provide residential and day services and breaks for profoundly disabled children and their families.

It has launched a survey to find out if such a facility is needed and wants parents’ and carers’ views.

Paul Harris set up Charity for Kids in 2011 after he decided to run the Hastings Half Marathon.

He said: “I was at a point in my life where I was drinking and smoking a lot and my diet was unhealthy.

“Eventually, I hit a point where I needed to make a change. My wife and I are lucky to have three healthy girls, so I wanted to raise money for less fortunate families.

“I looked for a cause to raise funds for, which would help disadvantaged children but couldn’t find one. After a conversation with a friend, Charity for Kids was born.”

Supporters of the charity have raised money through swimming the Channel, cycle rides across Europe and countless runs.

Funds have been spent on projects to help improve the quality of life for youngsters.

Paul added: “We’ve funded a wide range of projects; from small ones, such as physiotherapy sessions or iPads to help children communicate, to much larger ones, such as providing self-propelling wheelchairs and even construction work to improve accessibility in the home.

“Based on our experience, we think families with a severely disabled child would benefit from a ‘home from home’ residential facility, to give themselves and their children a break.

“The questionnaire only takes a few minutes to fill in and it will really help us understand if this is something Charity for Kids can help with.”

A link to the online questionnaire is on the Charity for Kids website at charityforkids.co.uk and Facebook page or by emailing charityforkids1@yahoo.co.uk.

There will be a prize draw when the survey closes and one lucky family will win a weekend break at the Charity for Kids Respite Caravan at Crowhurst Park near Battle.

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