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It’s been a very tough year for my family – but your support has helped us find a way through.

My name’s Christy, and I want to start by saying thank you. Because of Scope’s amazing supporters like you, my family and I are able to look forward to Christmas together after a long and lonely year.

My son Sascha is three years old. He’s the most caring, loving little man you could ever meet.

His sense of sight and touch are magnified, because he was born profoundly deaf due to having no auditory nerve and glue ear. That makes him extremely sensitive to vibrations.

Because of this, for a long time Sascha really struggled to sleep. He couldn’t settle at all - so I couldn’t sleep either. I felt like I’d been hit by a truck, I was that exhausted.

Then when Sascha got sick this year, his sleep problems were worse than ever. He was so poorly – it was just horrific.

It all got too much – but then we found Scope

Scope’s Sleep Right service helped us find the right bedtime routine for Sascha and gave us loads of great tips, like introducing a ‘sleepy snack’ and a ‘bedtime box’ full of calming toys.

Scope’s adviser said, ‘Anything you need, I’m here. Any time you’re lonely, just call.’

And sure enough, they were there for us again this year when things got even more tough, and it made me feel much less alone.

Despite all the challenges of this year, our family is now in a better place than I could’ve ever imagined. I just wish I’d known about Scope before.

It’s a frightening time for families like mine

Right now, many families with disabled children are having an impossibly tough time. They feel terrified and isolated. They’re enduring long, lonely nights.

With Christmas just around the corner - when other families prepare to celebrate quality time together and you find yourself facing challenges that you feel you can’t overcome - the loneliness can become unbearable.

This year, we are also living with the fear that comes with knowing that two thirds of the people who died from coronavirus were disabled. Everything that is usually difficult, this year has been so much tougher.

Thank you for being there for us

Scope provides vital services to support families of disabled children when they most need it – which is only made possible with your help.

Your continued support is changing lives. It’s given us the chance to look forward to Christmas together, even in these difficult times.

Thank you so much.

It’s thanks to you that families like Christy’s have been able to get through this long and lonely year and look forward to the Christmas they deserve. But right now, our family services are needed more than ever.

With the recent shop closures and ongoing disruption to our other fundraising activities during the second lockdown, your support this Christmas has never been more important. Please make an extra donation today – it could be the most important gift you give this year.

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