We were in shock, without any support, we felt lost
I remember we were sent home from hospital after ten days. We were new parents and we were still in shock. The health worker who came out to us hadn’t cared for a disabled baby. This was the first of many bad experiences – people who were supposed to help you didn’t. They didn’t even seem to care or understand.
Emily is her own person
As Emily has grown up (she’s now 12) she’s shown us what a confident, funny, inquisitive girl she is. She doesn’t want to follow the same path as everyone else. She is her own person.
We want Emily to have the same opportunities as other children.
It’s a constant struggle. We’ve had to fight for everything, even essential equipment like a wheelchair. You understand why so many parents like us experience mental health problems such as anxiety and depression – everything is so much harder than it needs to be.
Now is the time to provide the support disabled children and their families need
Scope is now offering families like ours a whole programme of support – from the helpline to the online community – with the goal of reaching 59 per cent more families next year
Please send a generous gift this Christmas that could make all the difference, enabling a family to enjoy their child instead of feeling lost and alone.
For us, Christmas is special because it’s the one day we don’t worry about money or school or the future or what will happen to Emily when we’re not her to care for her.
But the next day those worries start again.
With your support, Scope is out there fighting for disabled children to get the best start in life – and for a more equal future. That gives us hope. Now is the time to support Scope, so please give generously this Christmas.
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