This Christmas Diverse Abilities will be open round the clock, even on Christmas Day. The Dorset-based disability charity will be supporting over 200 children and adults, and their families, costing £200,000.
To provide this care and support, Diverse Abilities is appealing to the local community to help in any way they can during this special time of year by raising funds or volunteering.
Diverse Abilities is encouraging local people to donate through holding a Christmas jumper day, purchasing Christmas cards created by the charity’s special school, Langside, or simply making a one off donation. Those that are unable to donate but wish to give their time can support the charity by volunteering to collect Christmas trees in January.
Mark Powell, CEO at Diverse Abilities, said: “Many people take Christmas time for granted so we are asking the local community to consider those less fortunate. The children and adults we support have a very different experience to most, some not even spending it with their family. That is why the services Diverse Abilities provide are crucial for many people with disabilities and their families and why, with your support, we can provide them the magical Christmas they deserve.”
A simple donation will help pay for a host of Christmas activities for children from visiting Father Christmas, to parties and glitter filled pamper sessions. It will also give families some respite from the exhausting 24 hour care they provide, helping families to cope with the pressures of this busy time of year. Donations will even give adult with physical and learning disabilities the support they need to cook Christmas dinner in their own home.
Mark added: “With your support we can make Christmas time even more special for children and adults with disabilities.”
To find out more or to get involved with Diverse Abilities this Christmas visit www.diverseabilities.org.uk/christmas or call the fundraising team on 01202 718266. Please also ‘like’ the charity on Facebook at www.facebook.com/diverseabilitiesplus or ‘follow’ on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DiverseAbility.