A group of enthusiastic children from Chandler’s Ford, Eastleigh and Otterbourne are set to take on a sponsored Challenge learning and original song in Spanish called ‘Watch me Fly’, accompanied by Makaton actions. The challenge will be completed next month as part of a national campaign to improve support for children with autism.
The challenge will take place as part of the regular Kidslingo Spanish classes and the children will swap their normal classes for the sponsored challenge as part of the national Children’s Activities Week campaign.
The 60 children, all from the Chandler’s Ford and surrounding areas will join an estimated 120,000 other children across the country in completing the challenge as part of the national campaign to raise awareness and money to provide support for autistic children through the charity, Caudwell Children.
Autism directly affects over 2.5million people in the UK every day and it is proven that early detection and intervention is the most effective way of managing behaviour relating to autism. But across the UK families can regularly wait years to receive an autism assessment for their child and, once diagnosed, often have to fight for any kind of support.
The money raised from the sponsored challenge will fund assessments and practical support for autistic children at the new Caudwell International Children’s Centre, the UK’s first independent purpose-built centre dedicated to autism.
Activity Leader, Ainhoa Nicholl, said:
‘We are proud to be a part of Children’s Activities Week and all of the children are having lots of fun practicing our ‘Watch me Fly’ song for our challenge this month.
At Kidslingo we are passionate about giving children the best start in life and by taking part in Children’s Activities Week we are taking that beyond our classes and helping other children as well.’
Children’s Activities Week is a partnership between the Children’s Activities Association, a not-for-profit membership organisation and national charity, Caudwell Children.
Morton Michel, the leading childcare insurance specialists, are headline sponsors for the annual fundraising and awareness event.
Trudi Beswick, Chief Executive of Caudwell Children, said:
‘It is truly an honour to have groups of children like these all coming together to help raise funds for the charity. We are dedicated to enabling autistic children to reach their full potential and Children’s Activities Week is playing a big part in us achieving our aim. Together, we are changing lives.’
Children’s Activities Week takes place from 13th – 17th May 2019 and culminates in a showcase event at the charity’s headquarters in Staffordshire, where there will be a celebration of the many different professional and educational activities being delivered every day across the country.
Also supporting the campaign are TV stars, Dick and Dom, who will be joining in the fun at the showcase event and said:
‘We can’t wait to join in with lots of the amazing kids’ clubs and classes. We are honoured to be a part of such a wonderful celebration and a worthwhile cause. We encourage as many kids, parents and children’s activities leaders as possible to get involved too.’
Anyone wishing to join the sponsored challenge by learning the song, make a donation or find out more about Kidslingo in your local area is asked to contact their local class leader, Ainhoa Nicholl by calling 07769675873 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org